When I was pregnant with my first baby, I had a very specific vision of motherhood. I would gaze adoringly at my boy while he slept, play with him when he was awake, and spend lots of time doing my long-abandoned crafts, as well as cooking and baking.
The reality was just a teeny, tiny bit off of my visions. Well, actually, the reality was NOTHING like my vision. My baby cried all the time, didn’t want to leave my side for a minute, didn’t feed very well and certainly didn’t sleep. Getting through the day was a success if both of us managed to get out of bed and get fed. Cooking and baking fell by the wayside and even after he learnt to sleep, I spent my time making baby food rather than elaborate meals and scrumptious baked goods.
Where once baking was a pleasure, it now became a drag and I did it only for birthdays, until I discovered that birthday cakes could be ordered and bought.
Every now and then I would try to resurrect my baking Goddess, but found that no-one appreciated my efforts and all the baked goods would end up in my stomach, contributing to my slowly creeping weight gain.
So I stopped.
Until a few months ago, when my kids decided that they were sick of sandwiches for lunch. What did they want? Anything bought from the bakery.
I didn’t really know what to do, because I couldn’t afford to stock up at the bakery each week, plus, I didn’t think there was all that much nutrition in the buns and scrolls.
So I dug up my favourite Cheesy-mite Scrolls recipe and tested them on the kids.
Well, apparently, they are not as good as the shop bought ones, but they are better than a sandwich.
I briefly had visions of baking up a storm each weekend, with all kinds of kid-friendly snacks, but over the years, I have really lost that baking feeling. Frankly, anything to do with house-keeping just makes me roll my eyes and want to run away.
But I’ve persevered. Every now and again, I’ll add some choc-chip cookies to the mix, or, like today, Choc-chip Muffins. I’ve been buying them at Aldi for weeks and it occurred to me today that surely I could make better ones and save some money.
I used this recipe from Kidspot and they are super-easy to make.
And because you’ve been asking for my recipe for Cheesymite Scrolls, here is the one I use. It’s from the Huggies website.
- 3 cups self-raising flour
- pinch salt
- 50 g butter
- 1 - 2 tbsp Vegemite
- 200 g grated cheese
- 375 ml milk
- Pre-heat oven to 220C.
- Sift flour and salt into a bowl, or foodprocessor.
- Rub in the butter until the mixture looks like fine bread crumbs (I use a food processor for this).
- Add in enough milk to make a soft (not sticky) dough.
- Knead on a lightly floured board/bench until dough comes together.
- Roll to form a rectangle that is roughly 40cm x 25cm.
- Spread Vegemite over the dough (very thinly) using a blunt knife or spatula.
- Sprinkle 3/4 of the cheese over the top.
- Roll up the dough starting from a long side.
- Cut 10 - 12 4cm pieces from the roll.
- Place these pieces close together, cut side up, on a greased baking tray.
- Sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the top.
- Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes.
Never assume how much milk you'll need for a non-sticky dough. This seems to be affected by humidity in the air, so always pay attention when you're adding the milk.
If the dough sticks to the bench as you're trying to roll it, use a knife or spatula to scrape it off the bench and help you roll.
I love how these smell and even though I don’t normally eat Vegemite, I love these and have been known to sneak them from the freezer.
Oh, they do freeze well, so you just need to take them out in the morning, pop them in the lunch box and they will be defrosted by lunchtime.
I’m hoping that the more I practice baking, the more I’ll enjoy it again. Maybe I’ll even start to remember some recipes. My sister laughs at me because no matter how often I’ve cooked something, I still need the recipe, every time.
I have so many recipes I’d love to try, but am worried that unless they’re kid-friendly, they will just end up on hips. So, I’ll probably stick to cookies, cupcakes and muffins, plus the occasional chocolate cake. And maybe I’ll find my inner Baking Goddess again.