Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Baking Back to Happiness

The daffodils in a jug on my dining room table remind me that it is spring.  Outside the window the weather is telling me a different story.  The last two days have been cold and grey and I have sought refuge in the kitchen.
Yesterday I made treacle bread for the first time.  It is an Irish recipe that uses soda as a raising agent and not yeast.  Served warm and spread thickly with butter, it is delicious.

 I think this bread will be featuring regularly in my week from now on.

Today I made some yogurt.  I won't know until tomorrow if it has been a success or not as at the moment it is 'incubating' in a sealed container!  I also made the sticky date cake in the photo above. I am just waiting for the cake to cool down so I can have a slice.  I would quite happily share it with all of you, although I might need to make more than one if I did that!


Michela said...

I'd love to send you some virtual warm weather, as we're having already 20°C and are expecting 25°C for the coming weekend!
Making yoghurt sounds so challenging, good luck!

greenrabbitdesigns said...

I'd be very happy if you shared some with me too!!
Nothing like some soda bread, warm and buttered. :)
Our weather is a bit dull too but I think tomorrow is to be better!
Vivienne x

KC'sCourt! said...

One of my favourite breads is Irish Soda Bread - nice warm with butter melting down the fingers!
Please can I come and live at your house?
Julie xxxxxx

Lyn said...

you are very adventurous in your kitchen! Im impressed.

Lisa said...

What yummy looking bakes you've made. Treacle bread? Never heard of that, but it looks scrummy.
Lisa x

Lisa said...

Both of your bakes look so yummy. I;ve never heard of treacle bread, but it looks delish.Pop the kettle would you?!
Lisa x

crafty cat corner said...

That bread looks lovely, are you going to put the recipe on. would love to try it.

Vintage Tea Time said...

I love Soda Bread - haven't tried it using treacle, though - looks yummy. And the cake looks even more yummy! Well done :) Enjoy!

Julia said...

Mmmmm, put the kettle on, I'm on my way round!!!

Love Julia x

Rosie said...

Both bread and cake look delicious - there is nothing like keeping warm in the kitchen with a bit of baking:)

Anne said...

I've missed so much on your blog while I've been away! You've been up to so much loveliness. Your goodies are making my mouth water and the glimpses of your progressing garden are really whetting my appetite for more green (and flowers!) here. Great to catch up with this view into your world.

Kathy said...

That bread looks wonderful ... I keep meaning to make bread. Maybe one day! Have a good week!

Ali said...

Soda bread was a revelation to me too (though I put too much treacle in the last batch and it was a little sweet to eat with the soup I had it planned for). Yours looks wonderful.

Louise said...

My OH would like the treacle bread. I would love your cake minus the dates! I remember my mum making yogurt with an EasyYo kit back in the 1970s. It's a bit calorific, but I love the thick Greek style the best. x

Teresa said...

Oohwee... that sticky date cake looks wonderful! Yummy! Too bad you're so far away :-)