Since Noah got transferred back to Dole, I have ended up with a surplus of breast milk as the hospital in Besancon would just take my milk without any questions. In Dole, however, they don’t have enough space for my daily delivery of eight bottles. So I have been given back the milk that I deliver on a regular basis. I have taken to freezing as much as I can – my fridge just isn’t built to freeze milk on this scale – but I still have a surplus of chilled milk. So I decided to bite the bullet and use my own breast milk in my baked goods.
After looking around the Internet (while I download videos of Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares), I found the perfect recipe…
The result is a very moist and delicious cake – nothing obvious about breast milk in there. I would omit the orange flower water if I make this again and just stick to either lemon, orange or vanilla. Because I didn’t have enough eggs, I decided to half the recipe and ended up with a very nice, not too sweet cake. For those who would like to add a twist to this, feel free to add in some raisins, nuts like almonds and even fresh fruit.
Orange Flower-Lemon Hot Milk Cake
Adapted from Hot Milk Cake recipe here
Slightly less than 2 cups brown sugar
2 1/4 cups flour
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp orange flower water
Zest from 1 lemon
1 1/4 cups milk
10 tsp butter
- Beat eggs on high until thick (about five minutes).
- Gradually add sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
- Combine flour and baking powder before folding in into the egg mixture. Add the orange flower water and lemon zest.
- In saucepan, heat milk and butter just until the butter melts before combining with the batter.
- Pour into a 9 inch greased pan and bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for about 35 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm as is or with a side serving of ice cream, yogurt or fresh fruit.
Pattern | Easy Peasy Newborn Sock Hat by Keri McKiernan
Yarn | My own handspun yarn in Blue Skies & Sunshine (dyed by JulieSpins)
Needles | 2.75mm DPNs
This was sort of a last minute project I did prior to the move to the new apartment and consequently, my delivery to a preterm Noah. I wanted a quick knit that could use up my handspun yarn since it was a waste to chuck aside those lovely blue-grey-emerald-royal blue colours that were more evident towards the tail end of the yarn. And quick it was – I finished it in under two days – on and off knitting, that is!
And was still left with some yarn…enough for another one hat or two premie hats.
As it turns out, after I delivered Noah, this hat was too big so I started on another one which was slightly smaller. Looking at both, I reckon they would serve him well for winter or when he eventually leaves the hospital.
If you’re looking for a simple, quick knit to do in front of the TV, this would be it! They make great gifts too! Okay, I’m off to finish a blanket for Noah while working on my review for prom dresses!
Since I have some leftover yarn from the previous project and no access to my other needles – they are in the case heading to France via sea – I decided to dig around for a suitable project with whatever I had with me now and chanced upon this fingering-based or sock yarn project. It is a simple stockinette stitch hat with an i-cord top which I may omit; it’ll depend on my mood and how the overall hat would look prior to the i-cord top.
The only problem with this project is the very boring stockinette stitch. In this case, it’s just knit all the way as I’m working in round and with DPNs. Still, I can’t complain. I have at least another two to three projects in progress and they will last me till my stash and tools arrive.
On a completely different note, I found my weaving loom again! Just need to assemble it and off I go! KAKAKAKAKA! In the meantime, it’s knitting and the big move!