When I started Baking from the cupboards, I didn't know how long I'd be able to continue to magic up cakes and biscuits from my cupboards. 13 weeks is the answer. Yes - I did continue to buy eggs and flour (but only one bag of sugar), but (with the exception of a pot of cream and 200g of chocolate for my Valentine sachertorte) everything else has come from my cupboards. Which still aren't quite bare. I am still quite shocked by how much "stuff" I had to start with.
When I started, I just wanted to save some pennies. However, a wild card threw itself into the equation in the middle of February, when we started the process of buying a house. As those of you with whom I am friends on twitter or facebook will already know, we finally completed on Friday and now have our own house!* As this became more of a probability, the need to save every penny really started to hit home, plus I will need to minimise the amount of cooking ingredients that I transport when we eventually move in, so I am trying to wind down the cupboards and the freezer (with little success thus far it has to be confessed).
Anyway, I have a special bake to share to close the series. My cupboards were augmented last month, not by myself, but by a fellow blogger, JoAnn. JoAnn was over in the UK, and whilst we didn't get to meet up, she kindly brought me some maple syrup (and look, she even decorated it with pink and purple ribbons!). Obviously maple and pecan is a winning combination, and I still had a packet of pecans in my cupboards. I wondered about granola, and I contemplated cookies, but I ended up cooking cupcakes from Susannah Blake's book "Cupcakes". Mmmmmmm.
*I'm not going to talk about the house on this blog, but for those of you who are regular readers and are interested, then drop me an email as I have set up a private blog to record our progress giving some love to a house which was somewhat optimistically described as "in need of some updating".
I love books, baking and my boyfriend, and love to write about the first two. I particular love "forgotten" books, books brought out of obscurity by republication and those still languishing in obscurity. I'm currently reading my way through all of the Virago Modern Classics, but taking in other books along the way.