I know I should have been doing something else. But I was home with Ada having an eye infection and I was feeling uninspired. So as soon as when she fell asleep I did not do any of the dozen of, oh so very important, things I knew I had to do like… tidying up the apartment, watering my plants, making those urgent calls, or work at least a little bit by my laptop. No way, there was another urge that had to be fed first. Something that might have given sense to my whole day.
Just HAD to BAKE.
Luckily, in my pantry there were all the ingredients for a wonderfully looking cranberries bread a friend (http://redsroost.blogspot.com/) recently posted. And since I can never cook according to recipes, I used whole wheat flour instead of only white, increased the amount of oil, used yoghurt instead of buttermilk, decreasing the amount, and here comes the modified recipe.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole graham flour 1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup olive oil
juice and zest of one orange
2/3 cup 3-4% fat yoghurt
1 cup coarsely chopped cranberries
1/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 (180 in Europe)
Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda in a large mixing bowl. Set aside. In a medium bowl, mix oil, juice and zest of orange, buttermilk, and egg. Add to dry mixture and barely stir together. Add cranberries and walnuts. Pour into a greased loaf pan and bake for 66-60 min.
Of course when Ada woke up I had no time to do all those important things. But she was very happy to have something freshly baked to eat.