As a kid I remember walking into my grandmother’s house and getting a whiff of the homemade bread she had baking in her coal stove oven. My mouth started watering immediately. I knew there would soon be warm bread slathered in butter.
As I aged and even today the smells of something baking in the oven often take me back. Anyone who has been reading my posts for a while knows that I like to eat and I like to bake. Although my electric stove’s oven doesn’t heat the kitchen the way my grandmother’s coal stove did it still produces good smells when baking.
This is especially true on days when the temperature outside is below freezing. The comfort of having something homemade baking just seems to take the chill off these old bones. Depending on what is in the oven, the smells make it all that more comforting.
Case in point. Last week when the temps dived again and we were out of something good to snack on with our evening cup of coffee I got to thinking what I could make. What would not be too much work, make the house smell good, and be tasty when finished.
I had it – biscotti. I know there are many different kinds of biscotti but I settled on a cinnamon sugar biscotti. Cinnamon just smells so good when it is baking. I had all of the ingredients I needed so I set about making them. I mixed everything together. divided the dough into two pieces and rolled them out into logs. Gave them their first baking. Sliced them and sprinkled some cinnamon sugar on them. Gave them their second baking. Cooled and enjoyed.
The house smelled good.
Here’s to biscotti and a cup of coffee.
Today we finished the biscotti. That means I need to do some baking this afternoon. Hmm…what will it be? Maybe some M & M blondies.