I woke up this morning in the mood to bake. At first, I was just planning to make some pizza dough from a recipe my friend Talia gave me, then I decided I would take this Sunday afternoon to make a large batch of challahs made from the simple recipe in Taste of Challah by Tamar Ansh. I also thought this would be a great opportunity to use my mixer, since it's supposed to be able to handle serious dough. Long story short, it couldn't. It did well doing the initial mixing, but as I added more flour, the machine suddenly stopped. It overheated. While on "Stir." Granted, this recipe uses 16 cups of flour. Still, I had more confidence in my mixer than it deserved and I feel let down. Oh well. I had to do the rest of the kneading by hand, which wasn't so bad because I had my trusty assistant, Diana, to help out. She was an immense help after everything had risen and we needed to roll out the dough. She's quite skilled with a rolling pin, if I do say so. The challah came out very yummy (I gave Diana one and we decided to take a taste of it) and I highly recommend it.
While the challahs were going through their final rising, we whipped up that pizza dough (very quick, very easy) and made 4 calzones which came out very tasty. I filled them with ricotta cheese and mozzarella cheese and filled 2 of them with sauteed mushrooms and onions and the other 2 with sauteed spinach and onions.
So now I'm exhausted and my kitchen is a mess, but it was certainly fun. Thanks for playing, Diana! :)