For most folks the end result of baking—the cake or pie or cookies—is the ultimate prize, but my favorite things about baking involve the details. Silly basic things you may never have given a second thought.
You: What sort of things?
Me: Thanks for asking.
reading old recipes ~ Old recipes come with smudged fingerprints and fuzzy memories and smells of past gone days with people who spent far greater time in the kitchen than I do.
measuring ingredients ~ Yes, I measure my ingredients beforehand because not only does this ensure I follow the recipe, but also I get a little thrill from using measuring cups and spoons and tiny glass bowls. Just call me Barefoot Contessa. (I wish.)
playing with my Kitchenaid ~ Anytime I can use my Kitchenaid mixer, I’m a happy baker. There’s something about watching butter and sugar cream together with such ease.
using vintage pot holders and wearing an apron ~ Yup. Remember making pot holders from loops at the kitchen table while your Momma baked a 7-Up cake? I still have my potholder (and my sister’s), and I use them. And aprons? I have a bunch.
licking the spoon and the beaters and the bowl ~ Yes, yes, I do. Don’t push the whole “don’t eat raw eggs” agenda on me. I’ll just go ahead and say it—cake batter is one of life’s greatest simple pleasures.
all the smells ~ I believe sugary buttery creamy smells stir up happy endorphins. Breathe them in y’all.
watching the cake rise in the oven ~ Watching cake rise beneath the glow of the oven light and through the hazy oven window amazes me every time. Resisting the urge to open the oven door before the buzzer dings is a baking game for me.
poking the toothpick in and watching it come out clean ~ Ahhh.
taking pictures ~ We all do this, right?
Thank you. Thank you very much.
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