Grannies seem to be synonymous with yummy baked treats. Well, that’s what I’ve heard, anyway. I didn’t really grow up around my grandmothers. One didn’t bake at all and the other made box cakes .. sometimes. But she made THE best Italian panatone ever. It is this grandmother (my mother’s mother) whose father was the town baker.
My Abuela was a seamstress and didn’t like to spend time in the kitchen, if she didn’t have too. My mother is an excellent baker! Breads and cinnamon rolls are her specialty and my mom carried on the tradition of baking THE best panetone, even better than Abuela’s. So far, I’ve been to chicken to try it. But I will.
I’ve been baking since Curt and I were married, 28 years now, since 1988. But in the last year, I’ve been learning so much! I’ve made my own wild yeast and now I can make a beautiful sourdough bread.
I’m so thankful for the folks on YouTube who graciously share their knowledge, experience, and tips to help others improve in their baking skills. (I’ll link my favorites in a sec.) I’ve also been reading some lovely cookbooks. The kind of cookbook that is written more like a biography than a list of recipes. Where the reader embarks on a culinary adventure, learning the history, the families, and gatherings surrounding the foods we eat. I love feeling like I’m there, in the kitchen, watching, smelling, and tasting. Such a delight! This is loving to learn. 🙂
As I’ve been practicing these lessons in baking, I discovered that I really, REALLY love to bake! It must be in my genes, as they say. *giggles* Seriously, I was brought up to apply oneself to the task at hand. Do it to your best ability. If you don’t know, learn.
I am able to do homemaking tasks, well. Well, maybe not the bathrooms. . .just being honest. I enjoy most handwork, like quilting, knitting, and embroidery. I like the thought of and beauty gardening more than the keeping of said garden. Cooking for big family gatherings, awesome. But .. baking .. now that, I LOVE❣
I’ve observed that the forbidding of foods is has a right and a wrong. It just that society appears to have it all mixed up. Calling good evil and evil good, even in our daily bread. All puns intended. The Bible talks about that, by the way. If you receive your food with thanksgiving unto the LORD God, then he it is that takes care of you. I actually made a little grocery list of foods the Bible say are GOOD for you and that man say are bad. [watch for more on that in another post]
Take note, dear Reader, when I learn about these nuggets of truth, I like to pass on the information.
I’ll leave you with this truth found in John 6:35
“And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.”
A few of this Granny’s favorite youtube bakers :
- CupcakeJemma | London based purveyor of awesome cakes and cupcakes. Classic bakes, tips and tutorials. This gal is a great teacher, fun to watch, and inspirational!!
- Breadtopoia | Easy to follow bread baking tutorials. I first learned to make my sourdough watching his beginner videos.
- Julia M Usher | Everything cookie! Julia has a long list of accomplishments in the pastry world. It’s wonderful that she gives us the opportunity to share in her knowledge and beautiful work.
- Entertaining with Beth | Easy recipes elegant enough for entertaining, but simple enough for a weekend meal. I enjoy learning from Beth. Her videos are welcoming and joyful. I made her lemon pound cake after watching her .. and .. it was Y U M M Y !