Weekend Wonderings

Happy Saturday!  Hurrah!  The first weekend of 2013!

First things first…last December we ran a Folio Society Giveaway…where the lucky winner would win a 2013 diary…and the winner is…Laura C!

Well done Laura!  We’ll email you shortly with details – hope lots of AOW meetups will be scribbled on those pages!

Baking for love

Now, one of my resolutions this year is to bake goods for gifts.  It’s something many of my American friends do, and I think it’s a lovely, lovely thing.  When you move house, for a birthday, just because, showing love with food is a lost art.  Show me someone who doesn’t want to receive a pack of freshly baked biscuits or a cake, and I show you someone with whom I’ll never be friends.

Disclaimer, I am not ruining your January healthy-eating kick, because these are gifts FOR OTHER PEOPLE.  (or, for yourself, maybe).

There are some gorgeous ideas in this roundup by The Blue-Eyed Bakers of which my favourite is these Fleur de Sel caramels (give me a small bag of these and I’ll be your friend forever.  And I’ll have so many in my mouth I won’t be able to talk.  Everyone’s a winner).

Image from the Blue-Eyed Bakers.

I like my cookies simple.  Chocolate is the craziest ingredient I will allow in my cookies.  I also like a simple cake – any more than two key ingredients and you’re all show, no substance.

That is why I love Snickerdoodles.  Not just for the name (originally from Amish country), not because they are absurdly easy to make, but because they are soft, they taste of cinnamon and sugar goodness, and that is it.  I would love a small bag of these with a peach bow for my birthday, please.  The best recipe I’ve ever found is in Tea with Bea (best baking book I own, hands down). But a good second best are these from Smitten Kitchen.

Image from Smitten Kitchen.  I would take a picture of the ones that I make…but if you think they last long enough to get a camera out…we can never be friends.

And…you know, it doesn’t have to be dessert.  If someone baked me maple pecan granola, put it in a jar, and knocked on my door, they’d be welcome at any time in the morning.  Can you think of a more perfect breakfast to wake up to?

Image from Joy The Baker, who you should save to your favourites list immediately.  Her posts always make me smile.  She reminds me of Aisling.

I hope I’ve inspired you to bake for love!  Enjoy the weekend and see you Monday.

Categories: Food, Weekend Wonderings, Written By Anna
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12 Comments

  1. Posted January 5, 2013 at 7:31 am | Permalink

    oooh oooh! YAYYY!! :D

  2. Katielase
    Posted January 5, 2013 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    Congrats Laura!

    I love baking gifts, I’m actually notorious for never showing up to stay at people’s houses without baked goods. People invite me over and place orders, I’m excellent at cupboard love ;-)

    I wish I had had that caramel recipe pre-Christmas, a lot of people would have found that in their stocking!

    K x

    • Roz
      Posted January 5, 2013 at 9:11 am | Permalink

      Hey Katie, when you coming to Glasgow?? I’ve seen photos of your baked goods ;)

      Congrats on the diary win Laura! Clearly I need to go make some Snockerdoodles, best cookie name ever! Xx

      • Roz
        Posted January 5, 2013 at 9:12 am | Permalink

        I definitely typed Snickerdoodles and was clearly autocorrected!!

    • Posted January 5, 2013 at 9:17 am | Permalink

      *Looks for 2 bedrooom flats in Leicester that don’t have holes in the ceiling and a bathroom pretty much in the living room.*

  3. Posted January 5, 2013 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    This post is making me want to head straight to the kitchen sometime this week to bake some of these goodies! The caramel is particularly tempting, although the last time I made fudge, I went from testing if it was done to putting the still incredibly hot spoon straight in my mouth…I may need adult supervision before making them…

  4. Posted January 5, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    You’ve definitely inspired me, I want to make some granola now, and those cinammon cookies mmm lekker (delicious).

    • Posted January 8, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

      I am salivating at that picture of caramel. Hot, I know. Also, I love Joy the Baker – she’s so sweet and funny and talented, without fail her posts make me want to lick my screen. (I’m on fire today)

  5. Posted January 7, 2013 at 4:56 am | Permalink

    I’m totally inspired. I don’t think I really knew what snickerdoodles were until know (I think I thought they involved snickers bars…). Heading over now to steal that recipe off Smitten Kitchen!

  6. Peridot
    Posted January 7, 2013 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    I think I’ve just dribbled into my keyboard – if my computer breaks down and I have to go home (and eat cookies) I shall blame you!

  7. Peridot
    Posted January 7, 2013 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    PS Just clicked through to the recipe and have to confess I’m a little disappointed that they don’t have snickers bars in them!

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