I can’t believe I’m sick again..I had a cold two weeks back and again started to develop a sore throat yesterday afternoon. I thought there was a sick quota for everyone, that could not be exceeded!
After waking a bunch of times last night, I finally gave up and decided to do something that I knew would cheer me up early on Saturday morning..I baked.
Now, Saturday mornings are always hard because I like to make a special breakfast because it’s the weekend and because breakfast is my favorite meal, (not that the other meals are very far behind, but comparatively! ), but I always seem to run out of groceries by Saturday. I usually have eggs, some left over bread and some left over fruits (which I usually whip into a smoothie).
Today, I knew there was no bread at home. As you can see, there is a reason I always go grocery shopping on Saturdays. But there were eggs, scallions and a couple of oranges. So, what do I do but decide to make my own bread.
Now, I knew I had no patience to wait for yeast based bread to rise, I am sick after all! So, I looked in my encyclopedia of cooking, Joy of cooking, and found a recipe that I actually had the ingredients for, even if it is Saturday morning. I thought the Orange bread might be like Banana bread and may actually be sweet, not a good combo with my planned scrambled eggs, but I took a chance that worked very well.
The Orange bread is actually a little bit like banana bread and quite a bit not like banana bread. It has a tinge of the orange flavour, but is definitely not sweet and works very well with savory sides.
In typical fashion, I adapted the recipe to suit my healthy sensibilities, including incorporating whole grains and substituting some ingredients.
Here’s my version.
- 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tbsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp orange zest
- 2/3 cup sugar/ Splenda
- 1 1/4 cups fat free skim milk
- 1/4 cup orange juice (juice from 2 medium navel oranges)
- 1 large egg
- 2 tbsp melted butter
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix the dry ingredients together including the zest, sugar and the nuts.
- Beat the wet ingredients in another bowl.
- Fold in the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
- Stir as little as possible just ensuring that the dry ingredients are incorporated into the wet to form a batter.
- Pour into a greased loaf pan.
- Bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Cool and unmold.
- I served slices of the Orange bread with butter and scrambled eggs with scallions.
- Finally, I prayed that the comfort food would make my sore throat hurt a little less!