My husband is out taking his church history final exam, so I had a quiet morning to myself. That's actually been quite unusual in the last few months - he's always up before me, so he gets to enjoy quiet solitude, and I'm usually in a little bit of a rush to get out of the house and to class or a voice lesson or the library. Today, I enjoyed fresh-baked gingerbread, a mug of hot cocoa, and a bit of Katherine Swift's The Morville Hours. It was heavenly.
So nice, in fact, that I wanted to share the recipe. It's Technicolor Kitchen's "Pain d'epice," and the recipe can be found here. I didn't want dessert, but a breakfast bread, so I cut both the honey and the brown sugar in half. It turned out marvelously. Toasted, with some butter spread on top, with a steaming mug of hot chocolate to drink and a good book to dive into... It was a great morning. It felt very wintery, even though it's been lurking in the 50s and 60s (and occasionally even 70s) here in Durham!
I hope everyone else has had a lovely morning! And happy second week of Advent.