In this new recipe series, we bring you recipes by Julia Toon, culinary motivator and author of the book ‘Good Eating: A Taste of Qatar’. New recipes every week,
straight from Jules of the Kitchen.
This week’s focus is on home baking, a pastime we can now all enjoy as many of us find ourselves at home due to the recent global pandemic, which as we all know is enforcing us to stay home with some free time on our hands. Desperately seeking a positive in all this madness, perhaps it is time now to go back to basics, and enjoy again the simple pleasures of baking cakes, pastries and breads for ourselves. I guarantee you will enjoy the experience and of course your families and loved ones will also really appreciate the end results.
Home baking is a pastime I am extremely passionate about, as I truly believe that there can be nothing nicer, nothing more satisfying than baking your own bread, cake or scone and eating it fresh, straight out of the oven.
Before I close, do let me share with you a short anecdote on baking which I believe you will find interesting. Did you know that according to food historians it was the ancient Egyptians who were the first to show evidence of advanced baking at home? And that the Oxford English dictionary traces the English word for cake back to the 13th century. The word derived for cake in those days was from the old Norse word ‘KAKA’, and of course in those grim old days such medieval cakes were always ove laden with spices and dried fruit, making them very heavy and bread-like in texture.
Thank goodness we have moved on since those early baking days, and are now with the assistance of smart oven technology and the wonderful array of ingredients on offer throughout our supermarkets, able to bake mouthwatering delicacies of all shapes, sizes and textures.
The recipes I share this week are easy, quick to make and of course taste DELICIOUS.