Baking I've Done Lately...

Hellooooo. Over the past couple of weeks I've found myself having a lot more time to bake. This has mainly been due to the school holidays, but is definitely time I've put to good use. Triple batch of chocolate chip cookies anyone?

As I was making a lot of these sweet treats, I found myself wasting a tonne of time searching for a recipe. Whether it be flicking through cook books, browsing Pinterest, or even Googling for a good 15 minutes each time I wanted to make something, it certainly reduced the efficiency of my baking time. Just think, it could have been a quadruple batch of cookies in the same amount of time, had I not been rummaging for a recipe.

Now, because I'm a fan of having cookie dough in the freezer at all times, I've decided to try and bake more efficiently. Since I singled out the problem- finding a recipe -I started thinking about how to fix it. The solution I came up with seems like it might be a little bit lot of extra work to start off with. However, it'll be an investment in time.

My solution, is that I test and refine recipes of things I want to make regularly. Then, and only then, I'll write them down in a notebook and put them on One Note for safe keeping (and possibly the blog :)). The note book part stems from me wanting to try and fill up a notebook :) but the idea of testing and refining the same recipes makes sense to me. Instead of constantly trying out new recipes which I'm highly unlikely to love, why not just perfect one?

So that's my quest for the rest of the year and beyond. To alter recipes so that I've got a collection of "go-to's". I want to make sure the recipes taste good and are as quick and easy as humanly possible to make (without sacrificing the taste). I'll let you know how I get on! But here's the first page-

Moving onto what I've actually made lately- scones, cookies, ice cream, muffins, granola and carrot cake.

Firstly, I know it all sounds sweet, but that's what I want my recipe collection to consist of. This is due to the fact that with savoury things, you can just kind of wing it and it normally works out. Baking however, wing it, and you've got a problem.

Secondly, not all this stuff has been eaten. Some of it's in the freezer cause that's the awesome thing about ice cream, cookie dough and carrot cake :)

The last thing- some of these photo's are really bad or not even of the batch I made recently. That's down to the fact that I changed my plan for this post. Hopefully you still get an idea of how good everything tasted though!

Scones, topped with jam and cream. These tasted delicious! The only thing I'd recommend would be adding a currents/raisins to the recipe. Taste: Plain Scones 

Carrot and orange juice that I got from making the carrot cake below.

Carrot cake from The Hummingbird's Cake Days book. I took out all the ginger, purely due to being a fussy eater :) but other than that this was a really nice recipe. It also made a tray of cupcakes plus a small loaf, so there's plenty to freeze. It's definitely one that's been tried and tested enough for it to be copied out into my notebook too! 

And now we get onto the horrible photography! So this is feijoa ice cream. If you're not familiar with what feijoa's are (I'm pretty sure they're a NZ thing!), they're green, about the size of a kiwifruit and the nicest things ever. Trust me. The only, and I mean only downside to feijoa's is that they all seem to come at once, thus the feijoa ice cream! I used *this* recipe, threw it in the ice cream maker, and it was delicious. The only thing I'd change would be the amount of sugar, it was ever so slightly too sweet for my liking. 

Chocolate chip muffins which I found on Pinterest. The recipe's *here*. Now these would have been really nice, except for the fact that they were slightly greasy. They also tasted slightly baking powder-y so I'd definitely reduce that next time too.

I think that's about it, all the baking I've done recently! Hopefully you enjoyed this post, or at least got some recipe recommendations (you NEED to try the carrot cake!).

I'd love to know if there's any recipe's that you'd recommend!

Thanks for reading,

Katie XO