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pandemic baking

I hope everyone has been doing well during the Covid-19 pandemic. It has been difficult not working and for some time I wasn’t interested in picking up my camera. I had turned to pandemic baking as a creative outlet.

Mid April I decided to make a sourdough starter from scratch. With the help of my friend @uncle_matt_thebaker I was able to get a successful starter after 11 days. I have been enjoying finding different recipes besides bread to make with the sourdough starter.

After a while, I finally decided to put my baking and photography together. Enjoy.

Sourdough Crumb Cake

This is seriously the most incredible crumb cake. I LOVED crumb cake as a kid, but haven’t had it much as an adult…. until now. I had to slow down on making it, because we would devour the whole thing in a day.

Sourdough Crumb Cake Recipe

I substituted corn starch for potato flour because I didn’t have any. The first time I made it I used a 8″ square pan as I didn’t have a 9″. The other times I made it I used a larger pan (9×11 or 9×13) and I HIGHLY recommend. The cake wasn’t as high and it was super moist. You’ll have to adjust baking times.

sourdough crumb cake
sourdough crumb cake pandemic baking

Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Pastry

This is OUT OF THIS WORLD! Another item that I could eat the whole thing in one sitting.


So I don’t have gluten free flour, so I made it with regular flour. SO SO good!

pandemic baking cinnamin apple pastry
cinnamon apple pastry
cinnamon apple pastry

Italian Rainbow Cookies

My son Ryder wanted to make these and found the recipe. I helped where needed, but he did a really good job!

I’m pretty sure this is the recipe we used: https://www.tastingtable.com/cook/recipes/italian-rainbow-cookie-recipe

italian rainbow cookies during pandemic baking
pandemic baking italian rainbow cookies

My other son, Mason, found a recipe for apple turnovers. Personally, I prefer Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Pastry shown above, but these were good too! I’d add some more apple if we were to make it again. https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/apple-turnovers/

apple turnover
apple turnover

I hope you enjoyed some of my pandemic baking. I’ve been slow on blogging and am actually getting back to working next week!

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Heather Kelly Photography is a CT photographer specializing in Newborns, Families, and Pets since 2011. Offerings also include headshots, maternity, and babies. Our full-service portrait studio is located in Newtown, CT and serving all of CT and parts of NY.