I Rise to Bake

>> Saturday 15 November 2008

If I had to describe baking as a personality, I’d say that it’s independent, likes to be in control, bossy and temperamental , is flashy and a show off. It’s independent because it only wants you to assemble ingredients according to specific instructions and be left alone to work and do its thing. It says, “When I want you to check in on me, you’ll know.” It’s in control and bossy especially while in the oven, “Don’t look at me yet! I swear, if you do, I’ll change my appearance, I’ll stay put and perhaps not rise at all! It’s flashy and a show off once out of the oven, “Look at me, see my colour? Feel my crust… don’t I smell good? Awww, look at you, I’m so good looking you want to cry.” Click here to read the entire column.

I have to thank my friend, Chuck for the great Buttermilk Biscuit Recipe that was used here.

My dear friends Kiriel and Rosa got together after they learnt that I had never had figs and sent me a sweet and delicious package with sorts of fig goodies all the way from Switzerland complete with homemade Fig & Plum Jam! I can't thank you ladies enough. Thank you! See the jam how rich it is here and look at how the biscuit just soaks it all up. Come on, tell me you don't want to have a bite... :)

I tried the biscuits with another set of jam also sent to me by another friend, Jen in Atlanta. It's a Strawberry Balsamic Jam. Oh my, the depth and complexity of flavour in this jam is unrivalled. Thanks Jen!

The Raisin buns below are a favourite and must-have if you ever visit Antigua & Barbuda. They are best eaten with sharp cheddar cheese.

Send me an email if you want to try any of the recipes.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

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