Honey whole wheat bread - Fullkornbröd

All week my family has been sick. It's november and the flu's already started *sigh*. I survived the first part of the week but unfortunatly, it got me too by the end of it, *another big sigh* even worse, we're throwing our baby girl a birthday party this Sunday and I have a lot of cooking and baking to do. Hope this thing goes away asap - it's unlikely, but one can hope!
I've been baking a little this week, another loaf of bread and chocolate chip cookies. I've actually baked this loaf several times now because I love this recipe. It's easy and delicious and the bread is fabulous when it's toasted! And what I like most about it is how long it stays soft. I just wrap it in a clean kitchen towel and keep it on the counter, it stays soft for about 5 days. My little girl loves to bake with me. She thinks it's so much fun to watch (and taste) the doughs and help measuring and pouring ingredients into the bowl. I think it's so nice when she wants to watch me in the kitchen, we have such nice moments there. Last night we made chocolate chip cookies. Everytime she got a taste of the dough her face lit up and she got so happy. Exacly that is what I love about food, the emotions it brings out in people. How a taste of cookie dough can make my litle girl smile like that and laugh because she simply loves the taste. It's fascinating to me.
I tried to take pictures of the bread but it's hard when you don't have good camera equipment and when the weather is gray and dull. All I'm left with then is yellow counter light, and even I know (now) that's a big nono. The picture below is from the site www.thediymommy.com
The BEST 100% whole wheat & honey bread recipe. It's quick to make, stays moist and delicious long after its baked, and uses healthy and simple ingredients. Great sandwich bread!
I've tried this with regular flour and it worked great too!
HERE you will find the recipe and how to make the bread. If you're having trouble with the measurments just remember that one cup is about 2,4 dl, when you know that it's quite easy to mutliply or subtract (or just use a calculator).

Bread, bread, delicious bread

Today hasn't been all that great. I now know what it's like to be 70+ year old with a hip problem...this pregnancy is completely draining all my energy and appearantly wants me to be in pain as much as possible. I'm having a huge problem with my pelvis, don't really know what the english term is but you can have problems with your pelvis when you're pregnant. I had it when I was pregnant with my baby girl, fortunatly I got it in my 7th month, but now it started around the 4th month. 
One thing that helps me get away and forget about the pain is being in the kitchen. Unfortunatly I haven't been able to go grocery shopping so I'm all out of butter and eggs but I had a lot of flour and yeast in the pantry, what can you make with that? Bread. Delicious, home made bread. I've just started training on my bread skills, slowly but steadily I'm learning. I've made sourdough bread from scratch, honey-wheat bread and now I've made bread in a "dutch oven", except I don't have a dutch oven so I used my terracotta oven roaster (I just love that little roaster) and it worked great! The bread was fluffy and soft and had a great color and crust. I'm going to try this recipe next time with whole wheat and see what happens. I'll keep you updated. Anyway HERE is the recipe for the bread, it's very simple and "quickly" made. If you don't have a dutch oven or terracotta oven roaster then try and use something simular you have at home, something you can roast food in. 

Birthday party

This weekend we had a birthday party for our 2 year old. It's scary how fast the time flies...she's already two, how did this happen?? Anyway, when we are having people over I like to go a little overboard when it comes to cooking and baking, but since this pregnancy is a tough one (yes I'm 6 months pregnant and it has been a very difficult pregnancy unfortunatly) I just don't have the energy for the same "splurge". All I did was bake a cake and make my moms Icelandic hot aspargus dish, that one is always a hit and easy to make! I didn't have a chance to take any pictures of the food, would feel weird to take pictures while our guests were watching and waiting to eat.
The cake I made was actually supposed to be cupcakes from the beginning. I planned on making mini muffins for the kids and I was SURE I had some mini muffin forms at home, but of course I didn't and of course I only noticed that the morning of the birthday...stupid pregnant brain! I had made the muffin batter and started fo fill out the forms and they only filled out 9 muffin forms.....I had no time or energy to make another batched so I just scraped everything into the bowl again and poured it into a cake form instead and had it longer in the oven. It worked fine! The frosting on the cake was to die for! Oh my god it was so delicious!!! I made a fresh strawberry cake with fresh strawberry frosting, and yes, it was as wonderfully delicious as it sounds! I have some leftover frosting in the fridge which I'm about to put in the freezer (yes, you can freeze frosting!) because it's just too damn good to throw away. It's taking alot of strenght for my part not to go into the fridge and just start pouring that frosting into my mouth....I'm drooling right now..
I found the recipe on pinterest. Don't know where I would be withouth that site! I always go there to look for inspiration when I can't find any from my cookbooks. Here is the link to the fresh strawberry muffins, trust me, make them! You won't be sorry. If you want more than about 9 muffins double the recipe. Enjoy!
Strawberry Cupcakes
This picture is from the linked site Life, Love and Sugar, if you click on the picture you go straight to the recipe.



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