The sense of smell is closely linked with memory, probably more so than any of our other senses. In addition to being the sense most closely linked to memory, smell is also highly emotive. We all know the therapeutic effect that baking has on us, the ritual of mixing, the smell of the baking. What better subject to ignite the creative writing juices than memories of baking! The winner of our “Share the love” writing competition is Deirdre O’Brien who shared with us her lovely story of baking with her Grandmother. We hope you enjoy!
Our imaginative baker Eoin Jenkinson strikes again with this decadent recipe for wholemeal spelt sticky date buns….a bit of a tongue twister but a taste sensation none the less! Made in muffin tins to puff up and make a “snail shell”, these lovely spelt buns ooze with buttery toffee and sticky date pieces. Best served warm from the oven with a steaming cup of tea or coffee to chase away the winter shills. Leftovers (if there are any!) will reheat well and can be frozen and zapped in the microwave for emergencies.
There was a time when we had more time, and dropping in and saying hello to friends and neighbours was a regular occasion. Sadly “coffee mornings” as we knew them feature less in our lives. But when we do get to sit down with our friends and family for a good catch up, there is nothing quite like coffee cake to compliment the conversation. A delicious sweet treat that goes down well with tea, coffee and friends.
Our baker Eoin Jenkinson has devised a wholemeal coffee cake recipe which we hope you will try, then its up to you to invite your friends for a good chin wag!