Switching to baking mode

Switching to baking mode

By
Holly Bell
Contains
15 recipes
Published by
Quadrille Publishing
ISBN
9781849494199
Photographer
David Loftus

Baking has held my hand through life – from childhood days stamping out pastry for jam tarts to student brownies baked in less than spotless kitchens. My 20s were stressful, it was all work and a lot of play, burning the candle at both ends and so I found solace in pie and biscuit making on rare weekend downtime. Ah, and then the mummy years began and now baking is an assisted sport voted more fun than Play Doh in our house.

Baking isn’t often necessary. You don’t need to make treacle tart in order for the family to survive, so by the nature of it being a non-essential activity, it immediately denotes itself as a pleasure. An added extra to the normal daily menu, sprinkling joy wherever the results are shared. I try never to rush baking for fear that one day a hobby I love might become a chore.

Switching into baking mode begins with some music being carefully chosen, the switch and turn of the oven dial and the bubbling of the boiling kettle. Give me tea, a good recipe and some music to dance to whilst the treats bake and I’m a very happy woman.

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