I love baking.
I love mixing ingredients, adding spices and transforming food, from a few basic, store cupboard ingredients into delicious and delectable cakes, biscuits or bread.
When I saw the first flurries of snow this morning, I felt that baking some warming, family treats for the weekend would be the right way to spend the day.
So between the school run, food shopping, coffee with friends and walking the dog I have baked soda bread, a banana loaf and a gingerbread house.
My daughter and I will be decorating the house tomorrow, she can then take it into school next week. This half term she and her class are studying Katie Morag as part of their Geography topic, and with Burn's Night next Friday, we are going with a Scottish theme for this month's house!
I'll show you some photos when we have the house completed.
I bake soda bread regularly, and I'm always tweaking the recipe.
Today I used:
1/2 lb plain white flour
1/4 lb buckwheat flour
1/4 lb spelt flour
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
I mixed all the dry ingredients and added enough buttermilk to make a good dough. I formed the dough into a round shape, cut a cross and baked it in a hot oven for twenty minutes, then turned the heat down to 170 degrees until the bread was ready.
As with other bread, a tap on the bottom and a hollow sound indicate that the bread is ready. This loaf should be perfect for breakfast tomorrow with some of the Marmalade I made this week, or maybe for lunch with some homemade Mackerel Pate.
The banana bread I baked today was this recipe, Spiced Banana Loaf, which I came up with last winter. It smells scrumptious, and no doubt we will be having a slice with coffee, after supper tonight.
I hope you all enjoy the snow and have a cosy and happy weekend.
|Baking! I Love it!|
|These bananas will transform into|
|This delicious banana bread!|
|Take a few simple ingredients...|
|And make a wonderful loaf!|
|The framework of a Gingerbread House|