I don't think that it is a secret that baking day is my favorite day of the week! It seems like I am always posting about it, but I just can't get enough! Baking, in general, reminds me so much of my Grandma. She passed away when I was really young so I don't have as many memories as I wish I did of her but I oh do I have such wonderful memories of her baking. It may seem silly but when I bake I feel like she is here with me. I hope it always stays that way and that my girls have such sweet memories every time they bake when they are grown.
The past week or so baking has really been my creative outlet instead of the usual knitting or sewing. Something about the whole process of creating healthy but delicious food has really been a much needed meditation for me, even if it sometimes doesn't come out that great. Of course it helps to have two eager helpers. K has always been my sous-chef and C is right there with her. You should here the conversations between K and I when we are cooking, she loves being called sous-chef!
Last baking day I had a craving for bagels with cream cheese. The girls and I decided to try to make our own whole wheat bagels. We tried the recipe in 'the New Farm Vegetarian Cookbook' and it was fun to make. Granted we need quite a bit of practice in forming the perfect bagel ring but I think we'll get there with practice. The girls especially loved watching the bagels being dropped in the boiling water, we made so many bagels that was a good 45 minutes or so of entertainment.
Part of our bagel assortment
After the bagels were done we looked for a good cream cheese recipe. We came across quite a few involving yogurt that sounded really good so I combined and altered a couple of the recipes to make up my own version. It was simple and a healthy substitute to cream cheese. It only had three ingredients, yogurt, honey and strawberries.
We mixed the three ingredients together (above) and then poured them into a strainer lined with cheesecloth (it's very similar to making curd if you have ever done that. My husband used to make it all the time back when he was a monk) and let it sit on a dish in the fridge overnight.
The next morning it was the consistency of cream cheese. Excited to try it right away, K set our table, while I lit our candle, toasted our bagels and spread on our strawberry yogurt cheese. Then we all sat down at the table and enjoyed our homemade breakfast (aren't those the best kind?). It was delicious. I can't wait to experiment more with the bagel and the yogurt cheese recipes to see what else we come up with. Who knows, maybe those will be my WIPs coming up.
Wishing you all a delicious start to your week!!