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Serenity Tip: Bake From Scratch

This is truly a “back to basics” tip. It’s an activity which forces you to slow down, requires gentle concentration and patience, provides the satisfaction of achievement, and nourishes both body and soul.

Serenity Tip: Bake Bread from Scratch

Yes, I’m talking about baking. Ideally, you’d make bread, as the multi-stage patience (and kneading!) involved is almost as good as a spa day. But if that seems too ambitious, or you simply can’t spare the time, pick a simple cake or muffin recipe and focus on enjoying the process as well as the results. You can pretty much get all five senses involved. It fits perfectly with the current Serenity topic of Hygge and Lagom, and if you twist my arm, I might even admit that home-baked goods make rather splendid seasonal gifts.

I don’t bake often (I have a terrible habit of devouring the outcome!) but I did make cheese scones this week as my first foray into the suggestions in the National Trust Book of Scones. They turned out okay, but I suspect my calculation to turn plain flour into self-raising was a little off…

If you have a favourite “serene” recipe, please share it in the comments!

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4 Comment

  1. Reply
    April J Harris
    December 4, 2017 at 4:19 am

    I couldn’t agree more! Baking is my happy place, and really does make me feel much more serene. It’s definitely meditative and I love sharing the results!

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    Tracey Gemmell
    December 5, 2017 at 6:30 am

    There’s something very elemental about baking, especially using an old family recipe. Thank you for reminding me to get back to it.

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    Jean | DelightfulRepast.com
    December 8, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    Pauline, I was so excited to see the title of this blog post because making bread is sooo therapeutic. Today I made a half whole wheat true sourdough boule. Perhaps not quite as therapeutic as a dough that requires 10 minutes of manual kneading, but very satisfying nonetheless! Thank you for the link to Delightful Repast – that was a delightful surprise!

    PS I never buy self-raising (AKA self-rising) flour, and I don’t know why they even make it. Maybe I’m just a control freak, but I like to be in charge of the baking powder and salt! Besides what’s the idea behind it – did somebody think it would save people oodles of time if they didn’t have to measure baking powder and salt as well as flour?

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      December 9, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      Jean, I think it must have been intended as a timesaver, yes. All I know is, I must be suffering from the rounding errors on calculating for British recipes, because my raising/rising is never quite up to expectations! Next time I’ll just lob a bit more in and live dangerously 😉

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