Yesterday, I mentioned that one of the reasons I was late with my BBB post was because of baking bread for a bake sale.
When I was growing up, my mother baked the most wonderful things. Her bread was stellar – I wish I could get the loft she got! And her cookies, brownies, birthday cakes were wonderful too. I loved coming home from school and getting waves of deliciousness wafting from the kitchen as I stomped snow off my galoshes (yes, in those days, we wore galoshes) and pulled off Dad’s big wool socks that I had on over my shoes.
And I would race into the kitchen to see trays galore of perfect cookies. Or cake. Or brownies. Or butter tarts.
And even though the following didn’t happen every time, for some reason, it’s what I remember most. Here’s how our conversation would go:
she: Oh!! Is school over already?
me: [ignoring the question entirely and pointing at the table] Can I have one?
she: No. They’re not for us.
me: [trying to contain the anguish] Not even one of the ones from the edges?
she: No. They’re for the [insert charity name here] bake sale.
I still have the phrase, “not for us”, ringing in my ears.
And yet suddenly. I have become Mum.
And they looked and smelled so good too!
One of them was filled with T’s mincemeat. We didn’t have any almonds on hand so he used cashews instead. Oh my!!! We’re never using almonds again! Cashews in mincemeat are fabulous.
I filled the other two flowers/stars with this year’s NFFTT apricot jam. It is intensely apricotty and really delicious.
In fact, they looked and smelled so good that I decided we neeeeeeeeded to have one for us. I made the dough this morning, using the pulla recipe and omitting the cardamom. I just finished deflating it so it can rise one more time before shaping.
Hmmmm, what filling shall I use?
- Mincemeat (vegetarian) (using cashews instead of almonds)
- apricot jam
- prune jam (the filling for vinarterta – with added cardamom)
Of course, not all bake sale profits go to non-profit orchestras and/or choirs. There are bake sales set up to benefit many other worthy organizations.
As we are racing around, decorating our houses, visiting friends and family, feasting, playing music, it’s easy to ignore those in our communities who don’t have as much as we do.
In this time of giving, please remember to give to those who need….
Please remember that there are impoverished and hungry people everywhere in the world. And there are many organizations attempting to feed these people. Here are just a few possibilities. Please look in your community for others:
Also, please remember to look at my annual Advent calendar (I know you can’t wait, but… don’t even THINK about peeking ahead).
» Anadama!! Late again… (BBB December 2015) (savoury)
» On the sixth day of Christmas… (savoury BBB flower)
» Brioche flower; or is it a star?? (BBB December 2014) (BBB December 2014)
» Brioche et un petit Gateau a la Creme (BBB March 2013)
» Water Sports (BBB March 2014)
» Pulla: Finnish Cardamom Bread (bookmarked recipe)
» Just a hint of chocolate, eh? (BBB January 2014)
» Again I say, let them eat cake!! (BBB December 2013)
» Pão Doce – Sweet Portuguese Bread (BBB August 2010)
» Pear Bread (bookmarked recipe)
» Lucia Cats – really late or really early?