For all those who are wondering what this is – Bake a Sunshine Cake is the annual initiative of Ovenderful Mom Bakers Community , which involves all of us baking healthy goodies and taking it to orphanages and old age homes. This year it is the 4th Year of the initiative and we are visiting old age homes.
I had called Sister Ann who manages the Cheshire Old Age Home last week to remind her that we are visiting the home and the lovely ladies there on Saturday.
Her response – Simran, we, the ladies and I, are waiting for all of you. Waiting to meet the bakers again. Waiting for all the yummy cake and cookies you all get.
What’s the one word you see here and which hit me as I was speaking on the phone – Waiting.
Anticipation. Hope. Excitement. Thrill. The idea of fun as we get together. Because of the memories of the past years of our visit there. I didn’t choose the place. In December 2015 , I randomly selected the first old age home that I got to know of. It wasn’t close by to my home. It wasn’t known to me. Yet the place chose me.
Look around. Some such place must have chosen you too. Don’t make them wait. And when there is a wait, make it worth the while. And always return there.
I made these Wholewheat Gingerbread Cookies. They are free of refined flour, white sugar and eggs. Here is the recipe.
- 3 cups wholewheat flour
- 2 teaspoons ginger, finely ground
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- 75 gms melted butter
- ½ cup liquid jaggery
- ½ cup coconut sugar
- Almond or coconut milk as needed
- Mix the first 4 ingredients well. Whisk them together.
- Melt the butter a pan , add the coconut sugar and liquid jaggery.
- Add the melted liquid mix to the solid ingredients. Stir well and bring it together.
- Add a couple of tbsp of milk to simply bring the dough together.
- Keep it in the fridge overnight.
- Bring it out and to room temperature before baking the next day
- Cut shapes, place on prepared baking tray and bake in a preheated oven for 15-18 minutes at 170 degrees C.