Wednesday, 1 February 2012

making and baking winter

this post is for Silverpebbles making winter, it's supposed to January, but time got the better of me....
anyway, she wrote about baking, and comfort food and a "go to" recipe, one that never fails you, a perfect me pick for a cold winter day. I was about to make a batch of rock buns, to my favourite secret seven recipe, but then I remembered that I'd already posted a variation of them here - cranberry and orange rock buns.
so I reached for my notebook of recipes and looked inside, and the striking thing I noticed was that it wasn't just full of recipes, it was full of friends.

there are Val's dottycookies

then there is Nancy's fruit and almond cake. never fails.

Lucy's lemon drizzle

and Silverpebbles portable crumble.
and then there's Sue's bread, Laksa via Coffee Lady on pinterest, and soooo many more.

so my recommendation for how to cosyify  and survive winter, take a large group of friends,
add tea, cake and chat. enjoy.

oh and just so you don't think I haven't brought any cake to the party, here's a real quickie recipe for jam buns (sometimes known as thumbprint buns I think...)

8oz Self raising flour
3oz margarine
3 oz sugar
1 egg
2-3 tablespoons of milk.

rub flour and marg together to resemble breadcrumbs, mix in sugar, beat egg and add along with a couple of tablespoons of milk to make a stiff dough. place small blobs of dough onto a baking sheet, press a dent in the centre and add a small dollop of jam. bake at 180C for 10-15 minutes till golden.

warning the jam is Very hot when they have just come out of the oven. I know this as hubby stole one off the baking sheet as they just came out of the oven. and then leapt about the kitchen saying "hot hot hot.................."


  1. I have your rhubarb and orange cake, which is divine! These look quicker though - and the perfect thing for after school. I shall definitely be making them.

  2. I am going to make thumbprint buns tomorrow. To sit with my sunflower seed and cherry flapjacks which evolved today. Not that there are many left. Quite a few have made their way in my direction... Must. Do. More. Exercise. Ax

  3. I love jammy buns - they remind me of my school days as they were the first things I ever made at school. I may have to do some baking tomorrow now!! XX

  4. Oh must try this recipe, thanks!

  5. I know a ten year old who would love to make/eat some of these. A little cooking after school tomorrow methinks. Thank you.

  6. Hi, thanks for leaving that v helpful comment about email! I think I might just have cracked it - can you let me know if I have (doh!). What a lovely idea - a recipe book with friends. I'm starting one! First entry; jam thumbprints.

  7. This looks like a perfect 4 o'clock with a cuppa treat! X

  8. Poor, poor hubby! Hope the ultimate reward of the yummy treats made the trauma worthwhile... xoxo

  9. A baking injury! Hope he's OK.

    I absolutely love this post. A baking notebook full of friends is a lovely thought.

    Good jam buns. The girls and I will try these. Thankyou!

  10. The shameful thing is that I never got round to making that laksa. I have the paste in the fridge, all ready...

  11. Mmm yummy. Definitely looks like a "must try". Thanks for the recipe, and the warning (poor hubby)

  12. Mmm - they look delicious!

    Pomona x

  13. Love love love the look of those buns. Will def have to remember.

  14. they look amazing. I can see myself eating them with tea!

  15. Love the look of these! I'm always looking for easy thing sot make for the lunchboxes that aren't chocolate - I think these will fit the bill perfectly.

    I am so touched you have my dottycookies written own. Awwww.

  16. Thank you, I've been trying to find a recipe for these for ages. About how many buns should this make?

  17. I made some yesterday and they were yummy :) (but huge as I only made 12) Thanks again. x


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