Life as a PhD student at MIT isn't easy. Endless problem sets, exams, sponsor visits and committee meetings result in many sleepless nights. Your research work becomes your life and you feel guilty for every moment spent not working.

One of my guilty pleasures is baking. Whenever I need to celebrate or drown my sorrows, which occurs frequently as a graduate student, I find a new recipe. Over the past couple of years, I have subjected many of my friends and neighbors to my concoctions. They haven't seen anything yet!

For Christmas, I received the Flour cookbook. For those of you who don't know what Flour is, I feel sorry for you. Flour is a fantastic bakery and cafe located close to MIT. I'll often stop off here on my way home after a bad day for a sweet, sugary pick-me-up.

After receiving the cookbook, I decided with all my copious free time (yeah right) that I was in need of another project. My mission is to bake every recipe from the Flour cookbook before I graduate. Now the race is on.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Big Brother Coming to Visit

When you live far from your family, they'll come to visit every once in a while.  Since I'd come to Boston, all of my immediate family had come to visit, except my brother.  He's married with two small (and very cute) girls, so I didn't really expect him to make the trip down.  I had a very pleasant surprise this summer when he said that he and his family would be coming for a long weekend!
So they came and we did some traditional Boston touristy things.  Since we had some small children, I adapted my normal people coming to visit plan to limit the walking.  We also made a trip to aquarium, which was super fun.  
I also decided to have them all over so I could make breakfast.  In addition to the normal bacon, eggs, and pancakes, I decided to whip up something from the Flour cookbook.  Surprise!  I made the Homemade Pop-Tarts on page 88 of the cookbook.  The pastry was buttery, flaky and delicious.  It was a perfect combination with the raspberry filling.  Even my little nieces enjoyed!

The prepared pop-tarts getting ready for the oven.

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