The tree outside the living room window is losing leaves quickly. In another week, it will no longer be possible to play spot the rook. The branches will be bare and there will be no place to hide. Each gust of wind on this blustery day releases more leaves, but it is time. What a beautiful golden autumn it has been!
Belated birthday gifts are a real treat, especially when they bring color and blossoms into the household. Even though it happens every year, the continual disappearance of daylight comes as a shock. The darkness brings a reprieve from everything but knitting socks. This top-down pair repurposes wool from Pomeranian Coarsewool sheep scavenged from a cardigan no longer worn. The pattern is Elizabeth Zimmermann’s classic Woodsman’s Socks.
I do not have a pronounced sweet tooth, and when I do crave junk food, it is usually of the salted potato variety. But I follow through on intuitions and inspirations, and this year I have the urge to bake. Come 3 or 4 PM, it is Kaffee und Kuchen time. In my book, drinking coffee this late in the day is a recipe for disaster, and I marvel at people whose sleep is unaffected by such behavior. But a little bit of sweetness to tide you over until dinner is a welcome way of dealing with the precocious nights of November. I started with a specific recipe but unintentionally flubbed the order in which the ingredients were supposed to be added. I also decided to forgo separating the eggs and adding even more dishes to the dirty dish pile. Despite the improvising, it turned out tasty (if a bit too sweet). Next time I would use less sugar and increase the amount of buckwheat flour in the flour mix.
Thursday Apple-Buckwheat Cake (to use up butter, eggs, and sorghum)
Beat 90 grams sugar, 80 grams sorghum (substitute honey or molasses), and 150 grams melted butter. Add 2 eggs. Mix in 150 grams all-purpose wheat flour, 50 grams of buckwheat flour, and 1 teaspoon baking powder. Stir in two diced apples. Add 50 ml water to make up for the third egg in the original recipe that you don’t have but really need to thin the batter. Pour in a greased baking dish. Decorate with another sliced apple. Bake at 180°C for 45 minutes.
Enjoy modifying a recipe so it matches what’s in your pantry and happy birdspotting!