Do you love baking?
I love baking ... and if the plethora of baking ingredients/sundries in the shops is anything to go by, I am not alone.
Back in the days of our grandmothers/great grandmothers, baking was a necessity if the family was to be fed.
Nowadays we have the luxury of it being a relaxing hobby.
By the way, did anyone see the new BBC series Back in time for dinner ?
It certainly dispelled any misty eyed romanticism about the 1950s. ( the decade I was born - old or what!)
Cooking every meal from scratch with very limited equipment and even more limited ingredients was no joke - great frocks though!
I have always loved baking, even, when as a child, it consisted mostly of messily stirring ingredients together and then eating most of the mixture before it made it into the oven.
I am pleased to say that both lovely daughters enjoy baking too as proved by the gorgeous carrot cake that daughter no. 1 made for Mother's day.
When they were little, Welsh cakes were one of the first things they made.
Younger daughter in particular used to like to make them for Sunday tea.
They are a good recipe for the inexperienced, being quick easy and delicious.
And also, a good way of learning the technique of rubbing in.
This is the recipe we always used - from Delia of course!
They are slightly crisp on the outside, soft within and fragrant with the flavour of mixed spice.
Perfect warm with butter and jam and a cup of tea ..
..in a china cup of course!