Sunday, 19 May 2013

It's World Baking Day!

Today is World Baking Day - yay! (As if I need an excuse to bake...) Take a look at the World Baking Day website - maybe you'll be inspired :) I know there are some recipes I want to test out on there... Have any of you baked anything today?

Just something simple today - some Oatmeal Raisin Bars to take to work for snacks this week (recipe courtesy of Fat Free Vegan - mine are cashew/raisin):

 

I had already made a banoffe pie and a loaf of bread yesterday but I couldn't let World Baking Day pass without baking something on the day! The banoffee pie is a tried and tested recipe that tends to work well each time, and didn't fail me yesterday. The bread was a first attempt at using rye flour (in this case 50:50 ratio for rye:white), and it turned out well. I think it helped that the rye was mixed with white, as rye doesn't absorb liquid as well as white. I also added ground flax seed and olive oil to prolong the longevity but fresh bread doesn't last long enough around here to go off! Paul Hollywood has inspired me to bake bread more often... I usually think I don't have the time (even though I enjoy it) but it doesn't really take that long, provided you leave enough time for it to rise - but you can do something else while it does that!

 

One last random photo for today - this was my dinner last Sunday. I think it's the best pizza base I've made yet! The base didn't get soggy (which it sometimes does from all the veggies I pile on) and it had a nice thick crust to hold all the toppings on - yummy! (And yes, that's vegan cheese on there too :P )



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