“There is not a thing that is more positive than bread.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky. Part two of my bread making odyssey

Last week I wrote about baking by hand my first ever loaf of bread. It was instantly addictive and so I was back in the kitchen this weekend to have another go.

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Autumn Baking: Nothing Better!

Today I have been doing some impromptu baking. It is ages since I last indulged my love of making cakes and yummy things.

I enjoy cooking proper meals most nights (unless it is Hub’s turn – he is an excellent cook). But there is nothing quite like throwing together a few ingredients which, only a few minutes later, fill the home with warm, comforting, mouth-watering baking smells!

In the picture, you can see on the left Mary Berry’s ‘Bonfire Chocolate Tray Bake’ (yes I know it is a bit early, but hey!), from her book Foolproof Cooking. Like all Mary’s books, this includes some cracking recipes which I can highly recommend.

And on the right is a ‘Whisky Tea Loaf’. So very easy to make, with delicious results. And I can vouch for a slight amendment to the recipe: only one tablespoon of whisky did not seem quite enough to me, so I put in two – YUM!!! 😉

Songs for Swinging Bakers

The arrival of guests chez nous today has given me a good excuse to do some baking.

Hub and I have been trying to cut down a bit on indulgences recently so I have not been baking as frequently as I used to.  But it is always nice to be able to offer home-cooked goodies to family and friends, isn’t it.

Here is my freshly-glazed lemon drizzle cake – yum!  I used Mary Berry’s very reliable recipe, with which I always get good results.

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