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Easter breakfast

April 5, 2010

I hope you all had a relaxing, chocolate-rich Easter. Once again we managed to get ourselves totally confused about the daylight saving hours change over. In a half awake state we decided that the clocks must have gone forward. So we hurriedly woke the kids, got them dressed in two minutes, rushed check out of the Easter bunny goodies….and they were sitting in the car (Andrew was taking them to church to indulge their religious preferences…while I stayed home to indulge mine – baking). And then as they were driving up I called out to wait…perhaps we had got the time wrong after all. We turned on the TV to check and sure enough we were wrong. The last time the daylight saving change over happened on an Easter Sunday was one of the first Easter’s we celebrated in this house. Our neighbours had invited us over for breakfast. We dragged ourselves and baby Sam out of bed, and raced over, going through the back gate….only to send them scurrying out of their back sunroom to get clothes on as we surprised them by turning up two hours too early. Next year we will get it right…for sure….

So there we were, awake, dressed and ready for action. Luckily the lovely Celia had given me some printouts for making cardboard gift baskets. The kids happily made up baskets for friends and family, while munching on chocolate and singing to themselves (you can just see them in the background of the brioche photo – aren’t they cute?!). Celia also gave me a lesson on how to temper chocolate and we made some gorgeous bunnies, chicks, and other easter lovelies for the kids. Andrew thought I had gone to Celia’s to learn to make the actual chocolate and was less impressed by our efforts when he worked out that “all we did was melt chocolate and pour it into moulds”. I tried to make it sound more complicated by talking about tempering the chocolate and other fancy words, but he was not swayed. What a crazy man he is….next he will expect me to grow my own cacao beans I guess!

I baked four and a half dozen sourdough hot cross buns and brioche (check out how my cute little brioches turned into monster creatures in the oven!). The chooks had cooperated and laid a dozen eggs, enough for the visiting family to have eggs and home made bacon as well. A delicious breakfast, lots of chocolate, and then the rest of the day to relax and do nothing much at all. Bliss!

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. April 5, 2010 8:51 PM

    Right. So he was impressed with Pete’s plum sauce, but not our homemade chocs? Men… 🙂

  2. tara permalink
    April 6, 2010 12:11 PM

    milo looks soooooooooooooooooooooooooo coooooooooooooooooooooool she is awsom she is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo butiful

    • spiceandmore permalink*
      April 6, 2010 12:52 PM

      She is the cutest dog Tara….and she will be honoured to not only be on the blog but to get a comment from her favourite little girl too!

  3. tara permalink
    April 6, 2010 12:12 PM

    milo looks so cool she is awsom she is so butiful

  4. April 6, 2010 1:07 PM

    Baking is a religion you are so right. I have very very very strong faith.
    Your sourdough hot cross buns look delicious- do you think the starter can be bought anywhere?

    • spiceandmore permalink*
      April 6, 2010 1:16 PM

      Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial gave me a little jar of the liquid gold (sourdough starter). She originally bought hers in dried form from the US. Since you are Sydney based too we should try and get a little jar to you. Perhaps meet up for a coffee one day? Anyone who is doing sourdough baking should be able to give you some starter. I have spread the joy with little jars going far and wide between Melbourne and Brisbane, everytime someone comes to visit! One mum from school sometimes brings her loaf of freshly baked bread to our daughters netball matches on a Saturday morning so we can discuss how to improve the sourdough baking…such is the power of the obsession! So be warned…..

      • April 7, 2010 1:39 PM

        That makes me smile so much. I love that those little jars of potted gold are going everywhere. Sourdough is divine, and if there is an obsession to be had, its certainly a good one. I need more baker friends to discuss the merits of baked goodness! So a meet some time sounds great.

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