F Simple and Serene Living: SERENITY IN BAKING 09 10
Monday, February 23, 2015

SERENITY IN BAKING

There is something about baking that brings me a sense of serenity. Life has been very chaotic and stressful lately, and I have found that the gathering together of ingredients can also help me to gather together my thoughts and emotions. 

gluten free banana bread

When I was younger I made a lot of homemade bread. I loved the kneading of the dough. It always seemed to ease the troubles of the day. These days it would be difficult to do the necessary kneading of bread because of my arthritis, but I find I still enjoy the quiet time alone in my kitchen. So I limit myself to quick breads. 

There is nothing like the smell of something baking in your oven. It evokes memories of family and togetherness. Of arriving home from school on a cold snowy day to find your mother has spent her afternoon baking an afternoon treat for you. Of baking those same treats for your own children. 

When you take the bread from the oven there is something so satisfying in seeing that perfect loaf cooling.

loaf gluten free banana bread

The anticipation of cutting that first perfect piece is a wonderful part of the ritual,

gluten free banana bread

and then there is the reward of sitting down in your chair with your freshly baked bread and a cup of tea, remembering other days of baking, and knowing that it was time well spent.

afternoon tea and gluten free banana bread

Baking. Such a wonderful part of a simple and serene life.


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21 comments:

  1. I used to bake a lot of bread. Sadly, I've not done it in a long time!

    xo
    Claudia

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    1. I wish I could still bake yeast bread, but since I can't I have to be satisfied with breads that don't require kneading. I love the smell of baking bread.

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  2. I love baking but I'm on Weight Watchers so I can't. Love the way the smells so good after baking too. That's why my candles all smell like food. Have a great week Laura!

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    1. If my candles smelled like food I would be in serious trouble,Katie. LOL

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  3. That bread looks so good! This is a great time of year for homemade warm bread.

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    1. It is, and I am going to freeze some so I can just pull it out and heat it up whenever I am in the mood.

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  4. Exactly right, Laura! I baked yesterday! I find so much pleasure and serenity in baking, too. xo Diana

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    1. I personally think baking should be covered by health insurance, Diana. I find it a lot more therapeutic than most meds. :)

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  5. I don't bake much at all but should try to get back into it and enjoy it. Love homemade breads!
    hugs,
    Linda

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    1. I love homemade breads too, Linda and because I am gluten free I want to make more of them for myself. You should get back into it. :)

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  6. Baking does it for me too:) Looks good. Hug B

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  7. Yep, that does look delicious! I've found bigger bags of GF flour at Sam's Club and tried it the other night with my (non) GF recipe for chocolate chip cookies. It worked perfectly. Measures 1:1 like regular flour. Love it! Enjoy your baking.

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    1. I have used some GF flour from Whole Foods that worked that way, but it was really pricey. I don't belong to Sam's Club so can't get their flour. Do you have a brand name? I would love to try it. :)

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  8. Snow days bring out the Domestic Goddess in me and I bake as well!

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  9. It's the same for me. My mouth was watering seeing that slice and then I was wondering what did you make?! I'm sure it was delicious....

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    1. It was banana bread, Ronda. To be honest I have never been a huge fan of banana bread, but this was delicious.

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  10. I'm like you. When I have troubles and can't seem to be able to think, I find baking the best thing to do to relax!

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  11. Oh my...that sound's really good. It's been awhile since I've made some....What a great idea!

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