Tuesday, December 8, 2009

In the comfort zone

Close-up on my current favourite cardigan: minty-green goodness from the thrift store.

A Muesli Fruit Loaf patiently awaits its fate in the late afternoon sun.

Do you ever feel the need to be comfortable or to be comforted, even in the smallest of ways?...
I think that if a baked good has muesli in it, it can't be too bad for you. Can it? Anyway, here's some yummy, comfort food goodness from the weekend (now almost completely devoured). I give you -

Muesli Fruit Loaf


2 cups self-raising flour

1 cup muesli

1/4 cup raw sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 medium apple, peeled and grated

1 cup buttermilk

2 large eggs, beaten

75 g butter


Combine flour, muesli, sugar, cinnamon and apple in large bowl. Combine buttermilk, eggs and butter in separate bowl. Then combine dry and wet ingredients. Pour into baking tin. Add crumble topping, which comprises:

1 tablespoon self-raising flour

1/2 cup muesli

1 tablespoon raw sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

30 g butter

Bake at 180 degrees celsius until cooked through. Very nice warm and spread with butter.

And on the topic of comforty goodness, who's with me on cardigans? I know they've made a bit of a comeback with the current Mad Men craze, but I have always loved them. Somehow, they're more comfortable and snuggly than jumpers. Prior to the present fancy for all things retro, cardigans had a tendency to be seen as a bit daggy (sorry, this is an Australianism - perhaps 'lame' or just plain 'unfashionable' suggest the same thing?) but I have stuck with them through good times and bad...fashionable or no, for me, they're just like a woollen hug.


Pina said...

Thank you for sharing the recipe; I guess I would need someone to bake this goodness for me... :-)

I like cardigans, but I like those made of natural materials which are so hard to find in the shops these days; unless they cost a fortune!

Feronia said...

Hi Pina,

I think baked goodness is at its best when it is made as a treat for oneself!

Do you have thrift stores in Slovenia? I have got some of my favourite cardigans from them, and it is a good way to get pure wool garments at a lot lower cost than if they were bought new.

Feronia :)

Jasmine said...

Hi Feronia,

I'm with you - cardis all the way!

Thanks for the recipe too. I'll be giving it a go before the next Melbourne heatwave kicks in.

Feronia said...

Thanks for stopping by, Jasmine...yes, I am going to get baking again before any more hot weather hits!...and the cardis may be about to take a back seat!!