Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Baking for ourselves ~

Eating well is important both for nourishment as well as pleasure. At the beginning the year my partner and I decided to stop buying baking from the supermarket. That included all bread. We wanted to have more control over what we eat and also to reduce the degree of control that supermarket operators had over our budget - one week bread would be $3.80, the next it might be two loaves for $2.50, a few weeks later it might be up over $4. When you don't have a lot of money to come and go on this sort of yo-yo-ing can produce undercurrents of anxiety. Later we found out that most commercial baking includes palm oil, the demand for which has resulted in devastation to precious natural forests in remote areas of the world - another good reason for us to do our own baking. I'm a habitual biscuit eater and do eat a lot of bread so it came as a suprise that I didn't miss shop-bought baking at all, and, with the exception of the occasional pack of pastry and crumpets, am proud to say that we have kept up all other baking commitments. Our bread, while variable, is usually good, and I usually manage to bake quite enough cake and biscuits to satisfy our need to these sorts of treats and entertain adequately. I am far from being an expert so recipies have to be easy and I'd like to share some of them here to encourage others who may wish to have a go.

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