It is pretty often said that home is where the heart is. More and more I’m realising my heart is split into a bunch of little pieces and scattered in different areas. It’s not as bad as it seems, it just means I have multiple homes.
Sometimes to make the transition a little smoother I like to do something comforting and that thing is often to bake. It’s another cliché I can honestly say after moving into multiple houses and finally interstate nothing makes a home quite like a baked goods rising in your new oven.
It is for this reason, as well as being a super awesome person etc etc I am so thankful to my friend who bought me Phillippa’s Everyday Baking when I moved out in January.
Phillippa Grogan has a pretty reputable bakery in Melbourne that I’ve been hearing about for a few years. I have even seen some of her baked goods, especially around Christmas popping up in a few friends’ cupboards. So I was pretty excited to receive the book and feast my eyes on all the deliciousness within the pages.
I was resolute that I would try multiple recipes, considering many of my other books became lost in their boxes it was pretty easy as it was essentially all I had on hand.
I had never heard of lemonade scones until earlier this year so I was pretty ignorant to the controversy that surrounds them. I didn’t really care because up until last year I had been a pretty good scone baker, rising every time and not being particularly dense it was literally my tea party trick.. but then something went awry, perhaps in 2012 and I started forgetting core ingredients (rising agents) and over mixing. It was a disaster. So, now that there was this supposed “cheats” recipe in front of me being reluctantly spruiked by Phillippa Grogan – who notes she usually avoids processed foods such as soft drink – I just had to try it. And it was soooo easy. The mixing and bubbling happen with little effort and every time these babies have risen. The best part is still that no one has yet discovered my dirty little secret; the worst part is you usually have an excess of lemonade you have to serve that may raise a few suspicions.
After the success and easy of the lemonade scones I tried my hand at the Honey Anzac Biscuits. Again with the bare utensils available in my second kitchen I managed to whip up near flawless cookies batter to belly in less than an hour.
Since I have tried Coconut and Banana Cake that disappeared in minutes and the gorgeous Meyer Lemon Cake perfect for when friends and family travel interstate for a weekend away.
So thanks to my friend and Phillippa I’ve now comfortably settled into my fourth house this year with a delectable butter cake!