But whilst it was only gone for a short time, I really did miss it. I use it daily - actually three to four times a day at least. My poor machine really does cop a flogging.
Here's just a sample of what I've been making lately:
|Vanilla Ice Cream (yes I make my own.) And the reason for it's slightly cream-coloured appearance is that I use Full-Cream Unhomogenised Guernsey Milk from Maleny Dairies - it's the best milk!|
|Raspberry and Blueberry Friands for the kid's lunchboxes (I know - pretty spoilt aren't they!)|
And lately I've been baking all sorts of different kinds of breads, but I'm finally onto a winner with this Ciabatta bread that I baked just this morning:
Ciabatta, a classic Italian bread, has lots of large air pockets and the most delicious crispy crust. This bread recipe is made up of four simple ingredients: water, flour, salt and the tiniest bit of yeast - that's it. I made the dough (mixed in 30 seconds) which sat in a lightly oiled bowl overnight. Then this morning I placed it onto a floured tray and into a hot oven for half an hour - done. How easy is that? There is nothing like the smell of freshly baked bread and the taste and texture is truly amazing. I know we've got the markets and Sol Breads just up the road, but at $7 a loaf, making this at home is far cheaper and it only takes 30 minutes to cook, which is the time it would take me to get to the shop and back.
I will be sharing the recipe over here soon.