I’ve loved baking from a young age, being a little kid in the kitchen helping mom. Making a mess of the flour and eggshells, stressing her out, now I’m the one fishing the eggshell out of the yolk to make some delicious baked goods. I think baking is a fun, interactive, bonding activity that if you have the patience for you should try. Baking is pretty “textbook,” follow the recipe activity that requires patience and a sweet tooth!
1. Buy a cookbook
A cookbook gives you the guidance you need when starting, purchasing a cheap “beginner” cookbook gives you some ideas on where to start, without breaking the bank. Buying a simple “how to” book gives you a step out the door so you’re making cookies instead of rocks.
2. Experiment and have fun
You’re learning something new, it’s important to be messy and have fun! Don’t stress too much over messes or bad batches, it’s a part of learning! Playing around in the kitchen and making memories is a great way to learn and makes it more enjoyable. Perfection doesn’t always have to be the goal!
3. Pick a recipe
Choosing a simple recipe to practice gives you specific skills and a lot of sweets. Perfecting something can help you “master” a baked good you can share and enjoy. Not only will this build confidence but give you plenty of your favorite treats. Make sure to spread out your batches so you don’t get sick of it.
4. Test yourself
Explore your limits! See what you can and can’t do, making mistakes is a part of learning. I’m not saying go make macarons after you master chocolate chip cookies but exploring different baked goods out of your comfort zone can be risky and fun. Struggling can make you look forward to trying again, testing the waters, and seeing your limits to better your craft!
5. Show off
You’ve spent all this time and money, now it’s time to show off! Make a few treats to give out to family and friends to feed their stomachs and feed your ego! Praise does do wonders in making you want to continue. Getting requests to bake for parties and get-togethers and being the “baker” of the group is a great feeling, it also makes you want to try more recipes!