When I first started my first blog, I was in my third year (of six total) of graduate school. I had my master’s degree and I was surrounded by other graduate students, each of whom were equally enmeshed in, what a current colleague recently called, the “odd world of the hard sciences.”
We scientists are not known for our creativity.
That was the reason I started my blog. I wanted to hone my creativity, if such a thing can even be done. (Leave it to the scientist to try a systematic approach to building creativity, right?)
In the ensuing four years (five? I can’t even remember anymore….) I think I have, if nothing else, become a better writer. And writing is creative, right?
So, I win….right?
It turns out that I’m really not all that creative, I’ve just gotten better at making myself look creative.
And I’ve gotten really good at googling. (And I’ve gotten hyper anal about grammar. But not anal at all about typos and editing. So, if you see an error, rest assured that I know it is there, I just don’t care to go back and fix it. *Embrace the irony*)
This was made pretty clear a couple weeks ago, when I made sunflower Seed Butter Bread for my ornithology students, which I had also made for my students last year at the same time.
I did this without realizing it until much later.
The recipe was almost exactly the same, too. Which I also did without realizing it until much later.
(True story: I don’t look at recipes when I am baking. I know the basic ratios and just go off memory. The results are usually good, or at least goodish. If not, I feed poor college kids. They’ll eat anything.)
And then, yesterday morning, I woke up a little early. So I did what any sane person who is awake at 4 am during a thunderstorm about to take 11 students out to look at birds would do.
This was taken the day before the rain; on Monday.
And what did my uber-creative self make? (Aside: I have no idea how to get umlauts on that u. But see? I recognize the typo and the poor grammar, but I just can’t be bothered to fix it. Told you so.)
I made….wait for it…..Peanut Butter….MUFFINS.
Whoa. Hold the phones, she branched out?!?!
Yeah baby! Muffins this time, not bread. I like to get c-r-a-z-y in the early hours of the day.
I should make muffins more often, because, you may already know this, but muffins are far easier to transport and they bake a lot faster. Not that speed was particularly important yesterday, since the bus driver didn’t show up because apparently no one told him that you can still watch birds in the rain.
No really. People do.
See? Birders are nuts.
Apparently, when I set out to bake at 4 am, I have only one thing on my mind: Peanut butter. Or Sunflower Seed Butter.
Since I’ve now made this recipe, with only slight variations, twice in the last 2 weeks, I think it’s high time I give you the recipe.
Peanut Butter (or Sunflower Seed Butter) Bread (or Muffins) (Or really any combination of these things)
- 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/4 cup oat flour
- 6 T peanut butter (or sunflower seed butter)
- 1/3 cup margarine
- 2 t baking powder
- 1 t baking soda
- 1/2 – 3/4 cup almond milk (start with 1/2 cup’ if your nut/seed butter is thick, you need to add more)
- 1/4 tsp salt
Both of the times I made it, there were none leftover. But yesterday, even through the early morning brain fog, I remembered to take a picture! (After four years of blogging….I’m starting to learn.)
Oh and? I doubled the batch. So I had enough to make some bread when I got home.
For myself. Because I’m selfish.
But not creative.
Do you consider yourself creative? What’s your creative “strength”?
Do you use recipes when you bake?