It has been rainy today, dull and grey – so a perfect day to spend time in a warm kitchen baking goodies!
I made hot cross buns (or hot non cross buns as I like to call them, we didn’t pipe crosses on to our buns, the recipe suggests Darwin fish but we couldn’t manage that!) from a recipe I found on Gastronomy Domine (my first food blog find!) and potato and sour cream bread from my newest blog find – The Knead to Bread.
I’ve never baked my own hot cross buns before, and I have been missing out all this time! They take a while to make, because you need two long proves but they are worth it at the end. The house smells amazing even now, and they are so much softer and fresher than the supermarket version.
We had potato and sour cream bread rolls with chili con carne tonight. The rolls were great, I though they would be stodgy like I imagine potato bread to be, but they are light and fluffy. Again, they take a long time to make but they are worth it in the end. We have 12 rolls and a loaf too!
Our lawn is filled with weeds here but I do love this pic, it is very spring like. We’ve been busy in the garden preparing our vegetable patch for the summer, we are hoping for less rain and more vegetables!
Lately I’ve been cooking a lot with chocolate – brownies, biscotti, more brownies – I was really craving oatmeal raisin cookies after this blog post on Smitten Kitchen. I tried the recipe from Friends (I’m not sure if it was an official Friends recipe though, lol) a couple of years ago and they were indeed the best oatmeal raisin cookies ever. I don’t know why it took me such a long time to make them again, they are perfect cookies.
I used the recipe from A Spoonful of Sugar in the end and it turned out some gorgeous cookies – crumbly, chewy and crispy.
The only thing I’d change about this is the amount of sugar, as they are a bit too sweet, even for me. I think next time I will go down to 200g in total of brown sugar. The mixture was quite dry anyway so I think taking out the sugar will help next time.
The beauty of this recipe is that it makes LOTS of cookies, my batch made about 45 – probably more if I hadn’t made the first batch bigger than I should have, the cookies spread out quite a bit when they bake.
I froze half of the mixture. To do this form into dough balls, freeze on a tray and then chuck them in a freezer bag – you can cook them from frozen (I’d double the cooking time for this). I like doing this, nothing cheers up a bad day like fresh cookies made with no effort.
I think next time I am going to experiment with a bit of lemon zest or maybe cranberries and raisins.
I found another great food blog!
I don’t often find great food blogs and my list of favourite food blogs is very small. So I am pleased about Bread and Honey. Wonderful recipes and great photographs. And great name too. My tummy is rumbling at the thought of the chicken and dumplings recipe, probably due to the snowy icy weather, I need comfort food.
photo by Bread and Honey
Check out the blog and get in the kitchen!
Just to let you know I have updated my Folksy shop with some new pieces, they are all ready and in stock to buy in Pounds Sterling!
New listings include my new Lemon Balm Earrings and new signature piece – Wave Necklace.