23 July 2017 @ 08:49 am
My nieces (4, 10) have been watching The Great British Baking Show, and decided that yesterday afternoon should be all baking, all the time. So I went over and helped out, and we made the FUSSIEST BAKED GOODS IMAGINABLE. First came the Banana Bread from America's Test Kitchen. What a pain in the ass that recipe is. And yet it made the best banana bread I have ever tasted, so I can do little but shake my fist and do what they say.

Then we made Blackberry Scones, which had the best-tasting scone mix imaginable, and which took forever to make. I think I'd like them better with blueberries or raspberries, but they're very tasty (no doubt from all the butter). Again, very fussy recipe, but the end product felt worth it.

At the end of the afternoon, niece C made brownies out of a box, and lo, we were glad for it :D

Woke up this morning stiff in every place imaginable, so I'll need to do a bit of gentle yoga to loosen back up after I finish this cup of tea. I feel like Andy in Parks and Recreation - working out is great and all but at what cost? :D
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lexstar29[personal profile] lexstar29 on July 23rd, 2017 04:00 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you had fun baking. I agree with you about subbing with blueberries, but then, they are one of my favourite things! I still remember the first time I ever had them. I was about 9 and someone brought a tin of blueberry pie filling back from the USA, as back then you couldn't get blueberries here. Goodness I loved it and suspect that the long years until blueberries were available here, is what contributed to my near fanatical love of them!
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Sam Johnsson[personal profile] samjohnsson on July 23rd, 2017 06:09 pm (UTC)
I know they're designed to be perfectly replicatable, but I've never seen an ATK recipe that didn't involve standing on a counter on one foot and waving the blender in the opposite direction of the ceiling fan while reciting the alphabet. Especially for stuff that is naturally fussy, like baked goods.
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