I’ve been in the kitchen baking again today. Another friend with a birthday, a significant number – 50 – but this loaf above isn’t the gift. This one is for M and me, and whoever else pops in for tea and/or coffee. There’s no dairy or sugar in this loaf, just flour, bicarbonate of soda, treacle, all spice, dried apricots, figs, raisins and walnuts. It’s cooling on the bench because once it’s absolutely cool I have to wrap it in glad wrap and foil and then leave it for two days! The smell is divine and very tempting but it is off limits to all!
Naturally I found the recipe on the internet, Taste.com. I’m beginning to wonder what I should do with my library of recipe books now, as I usually just come straight to the computer these days. What have you done? Or do you still use your recipe books with all your favourites?
What I have made for my friend is a batch of Butterscotch Brownies which I’ve posted about before. The friend who received them last time is still talking about them! Once again, all thanks to Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial blog spot for that one. I also made some tried and true Anzac biscuits to go in the home crocheted shopping bag which I made which will also hold the pretty bowl I brought back from Bali.
This friend doesn’t know that we’re all going to be at the restaurant tomorrow night. Her mother has organised for her sisters to come from New South Wales and a few close friends to surprise her. My friend thinks that she’s going out for dinner with her Mum and husband. I’ve just had a thought, what if she reads my blog? It could ruin the whole surprise. So now, I’m not going to publish this until Sunday – just in case.
So whilst you’re reading this, can you pretend it’s Friday 24th September so that I don’t have to go back and change all of the above? Thanks, phew that was a close one!