Baking Diary of Covid 19

As we are half way through week #7 of quarantine, how are you holding up physically, emotionally & mentally? Many would say baking helps relieve stress. I’ve never been a huge baker but I wanted to add something different to the mix since my days currently could be a bit tedious (it’s the same routine on repeat).

When baby E turned 8 weeks, I felt ready to take on more as any time before then, I still wasn’t sure how much time in between nap and play time I had. As a new parent, I’m looking for recipes which have relatively few ingredients so that they are simple and fast to make. Here is what I have made so far over the past 2 weeks. Don’t worry, I’ve shared some of my creations. =)

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies (12-14 cookies)

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie
My husband took this picture. You can actually see me eating a cookie in my hand in the blurred background. šŸ™‚

Inspired by Taste Toronto’s post about The Rolling Pin’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal cookie, here is how I made modifications to the recipe. It’s easy and the cookie is chewy!!! I love how this recipe doesn’t use any flour as I’m very limited with my flour supply currently. šŸ˜‰

1 1/3 c rolled oats

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/3 c chocolate chips (I use 70% dark chocolate chips)

2 large eggs

1/3 c honey (I didn’t have any brown or white sugar at the time)

1 c nut butter (I used the Nuts for Nature Nut & Seed Butter. It’s absolutely delicious!!!)

1 tsp vanilla

  1. Preheat oven to 350oF.
  2. Combine dry ingredients together (oats, baking soda and chocolate chips).
  3. Combine wet ingredients together (honey, eggs, vanilla & nut butter).
  4. Combine wet and dry ingredients together.
  5. Scoop out 1 Tbsp of batter for each cookie. Bake in oven at 350oF for 10-12 minutes until the cookies are golden brown and puffed up.
Nut Butter
In case you didn’t know which nut butter I was talking about, here is a picture of the delicious creation. This recipe pretty much depleted my supply of this nut butter. When this pandemic is over, I’m going to need to restock.

Carrot Muffins

Carrot Muffins
Our mini golden doodle would have loved to have a bite of these. šŸ™‚ You can sort of see her n the blurred background.

1/2 c honey (I usually do have brown and/or white sugar but during these times, I seem too have run out of both options)

1/2 c unsalted butter (somehow butter makes everything taste better but oil would be fine to use as well)

1 c shredded carrots (~2 medium carrots –> I ended up shredding two large carrots so that I had leftover carrots to use in a stirfry)

2 eggs

1/2 c 2% milk

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

Instructions:

  • Pre-heat oven to 400Ā°F (200Ā° C). Line your muffin tin with silicone cups OR grease & flour your muffin tin.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the butter, beaten eggs, carrots, honey and milk.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  • Add the dry ingredients to wet ingredients, stir with a spatula or wooden spoon just until combined (15 or 16 stirs no more). Bake for approximately 20 minutes.

5 Ingredient Bagel

 

Bagels

I don’t know anyone who is not a fan of bagels but given that it is a pandemic right now, I thought why not try making bagels myself? I thought bagels were very complicated to make but not with this recipe that I found. I’m still going to need to perfect on shaping these bagels more evenly but it sure was fun to make them. šŸ™‚ These homemade bagels definitely aren’t as carbohydrate rich as the ones available on the market.

Click here to make the easiest 5 ingredient bagels.

Banana Bread

What is your favourite go to banana bread recipe? My go to banana bread recipe is from the Joy of Cooking cookbook. Naturally, I always use half the amount of sugar recommended and I also do reduce the fat content by half as well.

banana bread

Irish Soda Bread

I have a small bag of spelt flour sitting in my pantry for some time now. I wanted to find a simple recipe that could incorporate some spelt so this is the answer. Instead of wholemeal flour, I used spelt. I also didn’t have buttermilk at home but did you know that if you add 1 Tbsp of white vinegar to 250 mL of milk, you can make buttermilk? This is what I ended up doing.

Click here to make simple & delicious soda bread

 

Food For Thought: What have you been baking during Covid-19? What are some of your simple go to recipes? I’d love to know because I can see the appeal of baking more often now as it always makes the house smell so good.

During these times of uncertainty, there’s a certain level of comfort in baking but it also incorporates some degree of normal in your life. Haven’t baked yet during Covid-19? I highly recommend you try as it can help calm and relieve some stress if you are feeling anxious during these uncertain times.

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