Boy it's been a long time since I did a baking post and boy have I missed it. I love to bake- it's my relaxation, my stress relief and always gets my creative juices flowing.
The problem is that lately I've been busy, and perhaps a tad lazy too. When I bake I like to schedule time to do so - one of the reasons I love baking as opposed to cooking is because I can take my time doing it. I don't have the pressure of timings and organisation and making sure everything is ready at exactly the same time. When I bake, it's usually just for me and GB or occasionally to take around to a friends, so there is no pressure. I can prepare things beforehand, do one step at a time, stop to watch a bit of telly, do some work and go back to it, even finish off the icing/decoration/ finishing touches at midnight when I get home from the pub if I please.
But recently every time I've thought about baking I've felt compelled to come up with something new and creative and unique. Something that I haven't baked before, that would be a challenge and ultimately something that would make a great blog post. When it comes down to the actual doing, and I realise there's nothing in the cupboards and the ingredients I need are too obscure to find in the local green grocer across the road and I only have an hour to spare before I need to get back to work/ go out for a run / curl my hair ahead of that event tonight, somehow it loses it's magic a little and I put it off yet again.
But this weekend I thought 'to hell with it!'. Forget about trying to be creative and unique and blog worthy and just bake the things you want to eat... simple!
So this Saturday after a much needed long lie I got up an made a hearty weekend brunch. GB wanted savoury, I was craving sweet, so instead I rolled up my sleeves, made them both and invited friends round to help us eat it all!
So my latest baking post might not be anything you haven't seen before, these dishes have certainly been made and consumed by me on multiple occasions, but that doesn't make them any less tasty and hopefully... any less blog worthy! Enjoy...
The Savoury - Sweet Chilli and Tomato Sausages, Scrambled Eggs and English Muffins
Ok perhaps saying I 'baked' this is a little strong, essentially I bought it from the supermarket and cooked it but still... If you are looking for a tasty sausage alternative, these were from Tesco's finest range and were super tasty. Scrambled eggs are never my forte but I'm slowly getting better and I always feel a little bit posher if I eat this type of food with an English muffin (or better yet, a brioche) than with toast.
The Sweet - Homemade Stacked Blueberry Pancakes with Fruit and Maple Syrup!
Pancakes are pretty much the easiest and tastiest thing you can make on a morning, and you will probably find you have all of the ingredients in the fridge already. This time I decided to add some (giant) blueberries to the mix which did taste delicious as they go all gooey and burst open when you eat. I kept it classic with strawberries and blueberries piled on top smothered in maple syrup but take the blueberries out and add some crispy bacon if you prefer your stack American style.
Here's how they are done...
Ingredients... (makes about 8 med sized pancakes)
250g Self Raising Flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
300ml milk (600 if you prefer yours thin)
2 tablespoons of caster sugar
approx 200g blueberries
approx 200g of strawberries
1. Weigh out all of your pancake mix ingredients and place in a large bowl
2. Mix together briskly until mixture is combined (don't beat too much as you don't want to lose all of the air)
3. Place half of your blueberries into the mix and stir in
4. Heat a small amount of oil in a pan and place a large spoonful/ladelful of mix into the pan allowing it to flow to the edges of the pan depending on how big and/ or thick you want your pancakes
5. Wait for small bubbles to appear in the mix and then flip the pancake over, cook on the other side until both are golden brown
6. Place in a teatowel or in a low heated oven to keep warm while you repeat the process with the rest of the mixture. (you should get about 8 pancakes)
7. While still warm pile on the rest of your blueberries and some chopped strawberries and then pour over maple syrup as desired.
8. Dig in and enjoy!
Mmm... If only I could eat this for brekkie every morning!