Monday, November 1, 2010

Baking In Ecuador

November 1, 2010

The mission is having Zone Conference Tuesday and Wednesday. The Senior Sisters do a lot of baking and cooking for these meetings to feed all the missionaries. So, I was given the assignment of 3 dozen cookies and a cake. Saturday we went shopping at Super Maxie (that`s the name of the grocery store) and attempted to purchase the ingrediants for the cookies. There are many things not available here and many things that are a little different from home. The shortening comes in a bag and is very soft. The butter comes in a large cube and is very hard. The sugar has much larger granuals than at home and doesn`t taste as sweet to me. We couldn`t find crasines but did find some cranberry snacks in a very small bag that I could use. Then we had to go to Mega Maxi (this is a bigger store) to buy a hand mixer. When we got everything together I started to cook. My kitchen is the size of a closet and no counter space at all, very cozy. Anyway I got the cookies put together and started baking them. At home it takes about 10 - 12 minutes to cook. At about 5 minutes these were buring. I really for some reason thought it would take longer at 9,000 feet but that is not the case. This is another thing I miss, my stone baking sheets. The other Senior Missionaries said they tasted good, but I thought they were a little flat compared to back home. Tonight I am trying a cake. We`ll see how that goes. We were suppose to get Internet Saturday but the installer did not show up. We are in a holiday now until Thursday, so it may be another week before I can post some pictures.


Michael said...

I hope your Equador is bigger than the one in the MTC. Go to Super Maxi and by a fan, it's a great white noise machine and should help drown out some of the other noise so you can sleep better.
Good luck with the baking!
Love ya,

Trudy said...

How funny. You never think about how backing would be different until you have to do it. what about self rising four? Would that help at all?
Love ya can't wait to talk!