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  • Writer's pictureMelanie Hall

Baking As Therapy

'life is what happens when you're busy making other plans' John Lennon's words have never rung so true as in the past few weeks of my life. A long-awaited European holiday came to an abrupt halt after only 48 hours; around the world in four days, and that was just the beginning...

As I've struggled to be a grown-up and a loving daughter, even my desire to bake waned...lost in a fog of sadness and grim realities I hoped I would never have to face.

Until today, when the urge to create something positive returned...and here is the outcome of that re-kindled baking urge - courtesy of one of my food heroes - Dan Lepard.

This orange, walnut and cinnamon loaf is simple to make, doesn't need complex lists of ingredients or equipment, and will gladden any heart - either yours; or those of the lucky people you share it with...

I can't make the harsh realities of life go away, but I can choose to keep the sadness at bay, one bake at a time; I hope you'll join me...

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