I’m not going to write a big end of year post, but it is nice to end the year on a high, and I do like little things, especially unexpected things. Mighty oaks from little acorns grow as they say.
I have rediscovered my love of cooking. I have always loved cooking, not that you would guess from this blog as I don’t have the patience to type a recipe up. I’ve realised I find cooking, when it’s not scrambling round to make a meal in 10 minutes cooking, but that lesiurely lock yourself in the kitchen away from the rest of the family cooking, really therapeutic.
I went to visit Panasonic again just before Christmas, to test combi ovens, and it sent me giddy, back to being my 14 year old self in Home Ec class. Except the Chelsea buns we made in Home Ec never ever rose, either we were too busy pinging raisins at the boys, or the recipe was flawed. But, look, these did, what lovely buns I made when I got home:
I’ve lots more funny stories, pictures and video from my day at Panasonic to share, it really did bring out the school girls in us. But that will have to wait until 2013. In the meantime, here is the recipe for Tear and Share Stollen over at the Panasonic Ideas Kitchen. If you don’t like marzipan, or you’re done with the festivities, you could leave it out and add more fruit, like Chelsea buns.
I made the dough in my breadmaker while the dried fruit soaked in the orange juice, then it was just a case of rolling out the marzipan and the dough, sprinkling it with fruit and rolling it up. Then I chopped it up, arranged the pieces on a tray lined with greaseproof and allowed it to rise before baking.
The Panasonic Combi oven makes the last two stages, proving and baking really quick, and a breadmaker means you can leave the dough to get on with it. More on the science of combi cooking in the new year, except to say I’m loving it.
Best bit? I gave some to my Dad, who runs a breadmaking class, his jaw visibly dropped when he found out I had made it. You’ve got competition Dad!
Anyway, I just wanted to share a little baking (and sanity saving) achievement before the year was out, Happy New Year! Here’s to lots more achievements for you and I in 2013!
Go checkout Emma’s brownies, easy peasy and so so yummy!
Disclosure – I have been given a Panasonic Combi oven to test.