I used to love to bake. I made cakes and brownies from scratch. I made pies and bread and my favorites were fussy Danish pastries and bear claws. Then I developed carpal tunnel syndrome in both hands , followed by a couple of wrist fractures and tendonitis. That put an end to kneading dough.
My solution was to buy a bread machine. It does the hard work for me, but I can still be creative. When we were first married I made all our bread. Once we moved here I guess I got lazy. Rob's schedule was rough for many years. He was gone for days at a time and I was here with just the dogs for company. I stopped baking.
Yesterday I woke up with the urge to bake. Sky was my constant companion during my time in the kitchen, though the others weren't far away.
I've been so very hungry for raspberry pie lately. We used to buy baskets of raspberries when I lived in New York. We could bake with them and still have plenty to eat as is. Here we can only find tiny boxes, 1/8 of a pint and they are extremely expensive. Last week I actually called several restaurants in the area to see if any of them had raspberry pie on the menu. None did. I finally resorted to using frozen berries. They didn't smell as nice, but I'm sure they'll taste just as good.
While the pie was in the oven I started making some bread. This is a quick bread, no yeast involved. I wanted something fruity and light, so I made what I call Hawaiian bread. I used a basic recipe and made additions as I went along.
Isn't it pretty? And the smell.......
It has bananas, pineapple, cherries, coconut and walnuts. I would have used macadamia nuts, but I didn't have any in the house. The smell while it was cooking was heavenly and the smell when sliced is almost too good to eat. It tastes just as good as it looks.
Fudge watched the bread for me, but when I had to leave the house for an appointment, both the bread and the pie went up on a high shelf. No sense putting too much temptation in their way.
If anyone would like the bread recipe, e-mail me and I'll send it to you.