Going through the ritual of bringing out the measuring scales, pouring out flour, whipping up the eggs, stirring the batter and impatiently slicing up warm cake is a beautiful thing that deserves to be enjoyed all year round no matter the day, season or occasion.
This is a cookbook that embraces simplicity, mindfulness and the therapeutic comforts of baking. The Great British Bake Off's 2016 contestant Benjamina writes so warmly about cakes and her recipes speak to a natural, seasonal and down-to-earth way of baking. Chapters include Herbs & Tea, Stone Fruit & Berries, Vegetables, Best of Beige, Spice Cupboard, and Chocolate.
Because every day is a good day to bake.
Setting aside a little time weekly to use my hands to create something that will bring a smile to people’s faces and joy to their bellies is an act I don’t take for granted. Going through the ritual of bringing out my measuring scales, pouring out flour, whipping up eggs, stirring the batter and impatiently slicing up warm cake is a beautiful thing that deserves to be enjoyed all year round, no matter the day, season or occasion.
I wrote most of this book during a strange time of lockdowns and the world being flipped on its head. One small joy was seeing how many people picked up baking for the first time or returned to it after some time away. Watching and being a part of people discovering just how therapeutic and comforting baking can be was quite special. Whether it was baking just to pass the time, baking with kids to keep them busy while home schooling, or providing homemade goodies to frontline workers, it was a sweet reminder of the way that food really does bring us together.