This tip is for the budding bakers out there! I find baking incredibly rewarding and fun, but it can be intimidating to get started… There’s lots of info out there but not much clarity. Such as what will work for my oven and they type of flour I like? And the stakes can be a bit higher… Even on recipes you think you have down pat. Just the other day I tried an old christmas cookie recipe I thought was infallible, and boy was it fallible! What was supposed to be a thick, dense cookie turned into a flat gooey pancake. So my encouragement to you as you dive into this brave new world of fresh baked bread, pies, and cakes, is to Find Baking Buddies!
Now, this means two very distinct types of friends (and if you find someone who fills both needs, then be sure to hang onto them!)… One type of Baking Buddy is a baking veteran, the friend who finds their bread better than what is in the store and actually enjoys making cookies for the potluck. This is the best type of baking buddy for a newbie, and I had several in my early cooking days who took me into their homes and under their wing as they showed me how fun and simple baking can be. Now, if you have trouble finding this type of friend, never fear! That is what the world wide web is for, there are some amazing communities (like right here at My Cup Is Full), where you can share your questions, successes and failures. We want to share them all with you!
The other type of Baking Buddy is your enthusiastic eater. The person you can turn to to take a half dozen cookies off your hands because you’re trying to find your recipe of dark chocolate cookie that is just perfect, or the trial run of your little one’s birthday cake. Because, believe me, as you are learning to bake your results may vary, with some cakes being inedible, and others coming out beautifully, but as it’s a test run, you don’t have a dozen party goers to down the cake. So avoid the extra 10 pounds, and find some friends who will enjoy a free dessert so that you can share the love. There’s nothing more fun than texting a friend to see if they’d like some dessert you just tried to make, and finding out they’d love to and have you come hang out to boot.