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.
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!
A Spoonful of Serenity
While your dough is resting or your cake is baking, you might enjoy a cup of tea and these articles:
- The transformative effects of making bread.
- Mindful baking to relieve anxiety.
- No fewer than 10 favourite bread/yeast recipes ideas from Delightful Repast.