The Return of, ‘Mrs Widds Bakes’!

Every year at around this time Mrs Widds goes into a bit of a flour-induced frenzy. For those of you who don’t know what I’m referring to, it’s probably worth checking out these mouthwatering posts:

Mrs Widds bakes bread … and … Mrs Widds bakes tarts and cookies.

This year she’s baking up a few favourites, and a few twists, that I can’t go into because I know that the recipients of our ‘goodie’ baskets occasionally read this blog.

However, all is not lost. My friend Ally, of Ally’s Notebook posted this wonderful 3-ingredient cake recipe that Mrs Widds had to try. All it is, is dried fruit, ginger ale, and self-raising flour.

We had all sorts of dried fruit left over from various snack-a-lots, so in went some dried papaya, (pawpaw) prunes, dried apricots, craisins, (sweetened dried cranberries) raisins and all the other usual suspects, and some roasted pecans for crunchyness.

Once everything was assembled it went into the oven and came out looking like this …

Crisp and crunchy on top ...

Crisp and crunchy on top …

... and perfectly baked everywhere else

… and perfectly baked everywhere else

We (the Baker, and the quality control expert, which would be moi) decided that next time we’d like it to have a tad more cake and a smidge less fruit, but other than that, it was truly scrumptious. Thank you, Ally!

-oOo-

The very next day … this happened …

Look at that. Some leftover pastry and a bit of roast chicken. Whatever shall I do with it?

Look at that. Some leftover pastry and a bit of roast chicken. Whatever shall I do with it?

Throw some veggies and gravy on top ...

Throw some veggies and gravy on top …

... cover with a bit of pastry and into the oven they go

… cover with a bit of pastry and into the oven they go

And this is what comes out the other end. Perfect one-person chicken-pot-pies

And this is what comes out the other end. Perfect one-person chicken-pot-pies

We grabbed one each and retreated to our separate corners where a tastefully controlled amount of snarfing occurred.

Ready for your close-up before I devour you?

Ready for your close-up before I devour you?

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26 comments on “The Return of, ‘Mrs Widds Bakes’!

  1. Mrs Widds Bakes – everything looks so yummy. 🙂

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  2. Sue Vincent says:

    Pu the kettle on, I’ll be right over 😉

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  3. jenanita01 says:

    As the only cook in the family, I end up cooking dozens of mince pies!

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  4. Oh, wow! Lucky you! My SIL goes into a similar baking frenzy and all our friends and my coworkers (and me) are the beneficiaries. Some of the true joy in the season!

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  5. Patrice Davies says:

    So looking forward to goodie basket. Mrs.Widds makes the best pastry in the world!!!!

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  6. tidalscribe says:

    I love the idea of the little leftover chicken pies.

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  7. Droooooool. Smack, smack. I’m imagining that I’m eating one of the pot pies. You lucky woman having a baker for a wife. Today I plan on makiing a ground beef-sauerkraut turnover recipe a friend gave me, if I can find it.

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  8. selizabryangmailcom says:

    Great. Right around mid-January, my elliptical trainer will break from all my frantic attempts to undo all the eating this inspires……….!! 🙂

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  9. Oh, those look so good! My hubby and I aren’t doing wheat, so looking at that bread was the equivalent of torture. Enjoy it. 🙂

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