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Archive for the ‘Breads’ Category

October 14th, 2011 by Clarabella

Courgette Pumpkin Spiced Breakfast Bread

I love a good banana bread. Who doesn’t? But I also like to shake things up a bit. Move away from the traditional bananas and walnuts, and throw in some more random ingredients and see what happens.

 

So I came across the ‘Zucchini’ aka Courgette Breakfast Bread on dear Joy the Baker, and I wanted to try it immediately. Coincidentally I had a huge courgette in the house, and some pumpkin in the fridge that was asking to be included. It wanted in on the bread, and I thought that was a great idea. Better than the poor pumpkin leftovers being forgotten in the back of the fridge only to be discovered a few weeks later once they have started to grow their own little mold colony to keep them company. Read the rest of this entry »

August 4th, 2011 by Clarabella

Thyme, Sea Salt and Parmesan Flatbreads

If any of you have a blog (if there is anyone actually reading this) you might wonder if anyone reads the humble words you type. You may contemplate whether the thoughts and words jumbled together in your mind and hopefully somewhat eloquently put down in black and white on the screen, are ever seen by any eyes but your own. I wonder that. I wonder whether even my own mother reads my blog. Maybe now I’ll find out. Or not. Interesting experiment. It takes time to read someones blog. There are a few that I follow. Some daily and some weekly. Some only when I am on the hunt for specific information, and some I come across accidentally. But to have one that you read all of, all the time. Thats not so common. Especially of the blog that are a bit more wordy than others. The funny, anecdotal, short-and-sweet ones are easier reading. Mine’s not like that. I’m not funny. Not funny haha at least. But I like to believe I am intelligible at least, and perhaps contrary to my mother’s belief, I am reasonably clever. Or intelligent rather. I don’t like the word clever. It has negative connotations for me fore some reason. I have word bias. I am a word snob.

Today I came across the word evanescent in a quote. It is a word that I have to confess I know only from the band name. I had never heard it used in a sentence before. So I looked it up. It means: vanishing, fading away, fleeting. I like it. Its a good word. The quote I discovered it in was by Julia Child, an intelligent, educated lady who was not afraid to speak her mind. She said: “Noncooks think it’s silly to invest two hours’ work in two minutes’ enjoyment; but if cooking is evanescent, so is the ballet.” I once spent 2 days making a twice cooked brisket. It was sublime, and worth every second. I once spent 3 days making tiramisu, and did not think that a single second of my life had been wasted. Is that not why people create? For the enjoyment that the result brings, to themselves and to others? From the humble home cook who makes extra effort in the evening meal, to the worlds greatest chef; from the child who finger paints a portrait of the family pet, to the next picasso; we spend our time in the creation of great things because they are worth it for the pleasure they give. Whether it be pleasure for one meal time or pleasure for a lifetime. Giving joy to others is the reward. The reason. Read the rest of this entry »

May 8th, 2011 by Clarabella

Whiskey Raisin Banana Bread and Butter Pudding

You know those nights, when you are driving home from work and you are wondering what you will have for dinner. There is nobody to cook for except yourself so there are no rules. I had one of those nights last week. I’d had a particularly crappy work day and I was on my way home doing a mental inventory of the food in the house, and I came to the conclusion that I needed butter. I already knew that I was going to embark on a theraputic baking exercise when i got home, but baking options become significantly limited when one is out of butter. Now I know there are loads of lovely vegan baking recipes online that would be suitable for such an occasion, but I wanted butter. I wanted creamed butter and sugar. And I wanted bread and butter pudding.

I watched this video on Joy the Baker’s website a couple of weeks ago, and it was doing the rounds in my head. I wish I had a baking buddy like that, what fun! And the Bourbon Bread and Butter pudding that they made looked simple, comforting and delicious. But I needed butter. It was 17:45-ish and the thought of driving any kind of distance in the traffic for a simple brick of butter was out of the question. So I sucked it up and drove past my house and onwards to Asda. Read the rest of this entry »

April 22nd, 2011 by Clarabella

Banana Breads

When one buys a big bunch of bananas with the intention of eating them in a healthy way, sometimes one does not make it through all of them before they get to the edge of the usability ledge. So last week, I had this big bunch of bananas, that for some or other reason I did not manage to munch my way through. And as I am loathe to throw food away, what else could I do but make banana bread out of them. Due to the sheer number of bananas that were slowly browning in my fruit bowl, I had the pleasure of not just 1 but 2 banana breads. And in the interest of interesting, they had to be transformed into 2 different banana breads. Why do 1 when you can do 2?

The first bread I knew had to be my favourite, Joy the Baker’s Peanut Butter Banana Bread. Just with a couple of little tweaks. I roasted the bananas as the other banana bread recipe called for roasted bananas and I found the concept fun. I also added chocolate chips. How could I not. So its Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Roasted Banana Banana Bread. What a mouthful! Read the rest of this entry »

March 27th, 2011 by Clarabella

Strawberry, Almond & White Chocolate Yeasted Meringue Coffee Cake

Before anyone gets confused or misled, this cake is more a bread than a cake, and there ain’t no coffee in it.What’s the deal with it being called ‘Coffee Cake’ then you ask? Apparently it is because this kind of bready cake is a good accompaniment to coffee, and they were originally paired by the Dutch, Germans and Scandanavians. You have your morning mug of steaming latte, or your afternoon cappuccino, and this cake will sit next to it like they were made for each other. Personally, I am more than happy to eat this cake with coffee, tea, milk, water, or just straight up. By itself. Its yummy.

This recipe is the March Daring Baker’s Challenge. The March 2011 Daring Baker’s Challenge was hosted by Ria of Ria’s Collection and Jamie of Life’s a Feast. Ria and Jamie challenged The Daring Bakers to bake a yeasted Meringue Coffee Cake.

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