The pleasures of snail mail, and baking

Hello Sunday morning – rain falling on the roof, the warmth and whirring of the heater, birds chirping outside, and the joy of my first cup of coffee for the day. I like Sundays.

I don’t know if it’s a winter thing, a getting older thing, or just a Sunday morning thing, but more and more I am enjoying, and craving, simple pleasures and moments. Perhaps that’s why I am enjoying the rhythm of baking every Sunday and sharing that here and on Instagram. (Don’t forget to play along – just bake, snap and tag #sundaybakingsunday.)

This morning I’ve made a choc coconut slice and a square tinned “loaf” of banana bread, just to mix things up.

The choc coconut slice isn’t from a recipe book, and I didn’t find it online.

It’s a recipe that was sent to me with a handwritten letter and a gift. Thanks Pia!

Pia is one of my Blog With Pip classmates and you can follow her adventures here.

Here’s the recipe Pia sent me:

Pia recipe


And here’s the result!

choc coconut slice



I’m saving the sampling until after lunch (or at least breakfast). This slice was so quick and easy to put together and smells and looks delicious!

Do you have any handwritten recipes in your collection? Handed down through the generations, or shared by a friend?

Knowing that Pia took a few minutes to write me a letter, adding a gift, well two if you include this recipe (which I do!) and finding an envelope, a stamp and the time to pop the letter into a mail box – these things remind me that there’s kindness in the world, and plenty of it. Her letter and gifts made me smile and feel good, they were a real boost in a crappy week.

Sure, she could have sent me a link to the recipe on Facebook or via email (and I am a fan of those methods too), but I’m really chuffed that I have a favourite “feeling a bit shite” comfort recipe of hers, in her lovely handwriting, which I get to share with you.

I hope you’re having a lovely Sunday, and that you might be inspired to get out your recipe folder and bake something, perhaps from a handwritten recipe someone kind once sent you.

Time for a second cuppa, and maybe a cheeky square of Pia’s choc coconut slice!

Have a great day.


Annette x

14 thoughts on “The pleasures of snail mail, and baking

  1. Totally chuffed you made and liked the slice Annette! Hope it tastes good. Perfect Sunday morning baking – there might be a batch on the go at our house too today….


  2. Oh yum!
    Handwritten recipes are always the best. My sister once gave me a choc cake mix-in-the-pot recipe. Soooo easy, so good. It’s now the only cake requested by my fam at birthday time and has come to be the flavour of celebrations. Private message me your address and I will send you another handwritten recipe. Easy peasy! Would love to send you some snail mail my friend!


  3. I love the hand written recipes, they are the BEST. It just adds I think to the ‘flavour’ of the baking if you know what I mean. All my recipes of course used to be handwritten. I love to pick up ones written in friends and families handwriting and it gives you an immediate connection to them and a time in your life! Pia’s chocolate coconut slice looks yummo!
    Not long to go and you will have a couple extra from me to add to your growing Blog with Pip recipe book!! Hope you had a Fab Sunday Annette, ours is just beginning here.


    • I’m really looking forward to that — and yes that connection when you’ve got a hand written recipe definitely ups the enjoyment. Happy Sunday, it’s so cold here tonight!


  4. Yes with handwritten recipes you just know that they have been made heaps of times by the writer and not just something from a test kitchen or Winter definitely brings out the baker in all of us! x


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