Sunday, September 24, 2017

Loafing Around

This all feels a little strange and unfamiliar (writing this blog post). It has been a long time since I've baked and blogged with the Baked Sunday Morning group. I am still in shock, that I've missed all but the first few recipes of the Baked Occasions book. It was so exciting to be part of the group doing the recipe testing for that book. But that too seems like a long time ago.  I haven't been doing very much baking in the last couple of years. Well, unless it is something really simple, like a loaf or muffins (read: involves one bowl). Now that the group is done baking all the recipes from Baked Occasions, they have moved on (or should I say back) to the very first cookbook: Baked New Frontiers in Baking. It's my favourite of the four cookbooks from the Baked boys. Visually, it is beautiful. I love the colours and the clean look of the book. I've baked a few of the recipes from it, and I am looking forward to baking along with the group. 

"M" is for Migraine

This was a perfect recipe to start baking with the group again. I needed an easy one to build up my confidence. Of course my migraine brain is also thankful for an easy recipe today. And it will be even more thankful when the drugs start kicking in. 😵

I love Pumpkin. Well, I love pumpkin with cinnamon.
This is my favourite cinnamon, so fragrant and flavourful.
The recipe also calls for nutmeg, allspice and ginger. The ginger is optional, but I love ginger, so I've included it.

And because I love ginger, I've also included some chopped up candied ginger. Thought it might add a nice little bite to the loaf.

So I am pretty darn impressed with myself, for not forgetting anything (ingredients or steps) during my bake. Even on my good days, I've been known to forget stuff. And with this mushy migraine brain, well (slow hand class) bravo me!
Plus, I just want to point out (and I am sure I will not be the only one to bring this up, but there is no water in the ingredient's list but down in the directions it says to add water! What the deuce?!

The loaves have been put into the oven. And while they bake I am going to chill. Ice packs are a fine and good thing.

These loaves baked up beautifully. So moist and flavourful. Definitely a loaf fit for the Fall. It is still summer here for some reason. But I wouldn't kick this loaf out of my air conditioned house. 😁
I only made one change with the ingredients (well other than adding the candied ginger), and that was to the oil. Rather than using vegetable oil, I decided to use olive oil. I have been using olive oil in some of my baking and have liked it.

Now if only I remembered to take a pic of these loaves sliced. (One is in the freezer.) Oh well. I got through my first bake in a while, with a migraine. (woot woot!) Of course I almost missed posting this, as I was sure it was due next Sunday. 
I can't wait to see how the rest of the group liked this loaf.
Check them out on Baked Sunday Mornings


  1. I did not add any water to mine, although now that I read my recipe in more detail, it does indeed say it! Oh well, they turned out fabulous without the water added, so all is good!

  2. Nice to have you back!!!! What a great recipe to join back in on!