I don’t think there is anything more therapeutic and comforting than baking. Okay, maybe running, but let’s pretend that we’re talking about the baking that you get to do after the running, so that you can also enjoy all the eating. That’s the real comforting stuff: running, baking and eating.
In fact sometimes, if I’m having a bit of a struggle during my run, or the weather turns nasty part way through and I’m cold and wet and just want to be back home in my comfy bed, I’ll start thinking about what I should bake when I get home. It’s partly the distraction factor, and the fact that thinking about food or deciding what food to make can occupy my mind for hours, and it’s partly because I convince myself that if I’ve been out here struggling like this for this long, in this bad weather, I surely deserve a treat. I surely deserve a nice fresh baked treat, right?
Okay, let’s be honest: I justify baked treats any day, any time, whether I’ve had a bad run, good run, long run, short run, or no run at all. Because baking always has its place. It’s almost like it lets you breathe a sigh of relief, release your tension and worry, relax and take solace in knowing everything is going to be fine. Because the last time you baked it was, and the time before that, and the time before that. And if it wasn’t you still had lots of delicious baked treats to help you through it anyway.
I think scones make me especially feel this way because I have been baking them for the boy for as long as I’ve known him. I started back 3 years ago when we first lived in Australia, and continued through our time in Canada, and now, back in Australia, I’m still baking scones. Still enjoying this comfort that is baking the same thing every single time.
It is true though that with time, the recipe has morphed and changed slightly. Been modified and re-modified, changed by accident, changed on purpose, changed because I forgot something, or changed because I added too much of something. And in the case of these ones, changed just because we needed a change from the same recipe.
And now, this is my new comforting baking food. For a little while at least. And then I’ll change it again, and it will be the new favourite, the new bake all the time and dream about during runs deal. Sometimes we just need that simplicity.