Day 13: 30 Days of Baking

Hello Saturday, it’s evening now and it’s raining! This morning I got my DIY on and made 3 shelves out of MDF. I used a saw and everything. I even got as far as painting them, then it started to rain so I had to bring them indoors. Lots of little bits and pieces had stuck to the still-tacky paint, including a little fly. I’ll probably have to do that again!

Today I used a recipe I found on another blog, which used measurements in cups. There’s so many recipes around that I like the look of, but when I see cups as the measurements, it does put me off. Until however, I came across this recipe for brownies from a blog called Butter Me Up, Brooklyn! It was good (and unusual) to see cups alongside grams in the ingredients list. I’ve written these conversions down and put them inside a kitchen cupboard, alongside some extras to fill the gaps with a little help from The Metric Kitchen. This website discourages converting American recipes to metric, as it says they might not work but I think it’s worth a try.

Armed with all this new information, I attempted these Banana and Peanut Butter Muffins, discovered on Crumbs and Chaos. Banana and peanut butter is quite an American combination, it’s not something that I am familiar with in the UK but the sweet/salty combo makes sense. I knew I wanted to do something with bananas, and a search of the internet for banana muffins came up with this recipe. A simple recipe, which baked well for slightly longer than advised. In this case, converting American measures to metric has stood up to the test. My friend Laura gets these beauties, in fact I had to leave them on her doorstep as she was out, in the rain too! Hope you are dry by now Laura 🙂

I’m looking forward to making tomorrow’s cake. I have painstakingly blanched and peeled hazelnuts by hand in preparation!

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And a picture for fun. I call this one, “Thundercat Sniffs The Flowers”.

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One thought on “Day 13: 30 Days of Baking

  1. Cups are hard to convert as different substances fill them differently (so a cup of flour is lighter than a cup of sugar). I bought some cheap cups and use them quite a lot, but I still hate it when I have to squish in a cup of butter…

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