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.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

It's Chelsea's Birthday and I'll Bake If I Want To

Almond macaroon batter
This summer was filled with weddings, birthdays, and trips.  Sometimes these events overlap like Matt's birthday and my roommates wedding.  Another overlap happened this in July with my friend Chelsea's birthday and a trip to my home and native land (O Canada).  Of course, I decided to bake something to take my place at the party.
I decided to make almond macaroons with bittersweet chocolate ganache from page 130 in the cookbook.  They were really great!  The cookies were chewy and sweet with the perfect amount of chocolate holding them all together.  Again, another great recipe.  My only complaint is that I didn't get to try more before dropping them at the party.  Happy birthday, Chelsea!
The finished product

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