How many things do you fall into doing every day without questioning why?
For this week’s Teatime I thought I would cover something slightly different. I’m going to tell you why I bake.
There are lots of different reasons people bake. Some do it for fun, some because they love the delicious treats they produce, some because the science behind it fascinates them, some do it to earn a living.
Personally, whilst the first three options definitely apply, I do it for three reasons.
Firstly, I bake to relax. Yes, some bakes are stressful. When I made my first Fraisier Cake (also my first time making Creme Patissiere) I literally cried when I slid the tin away and it held together. I don’t think I have ever been happier. But the process of weighing, mixing, and then waiting patiently can be really therapeutic and a great distraction from worries.
Secondly, I bake for the challenge. This makes the stressful bakes worth it. I love to push myself to learn new skills and try trickier recipes. The feeling when you succeed? Amazing. Even when you only half succeed, it still feels great. During last year’s Great British Bake Off bake along my Walnut Layer Cake came out with slightly grainy frosting, but that didn’t ruin it for me. Lots of the GBBO bakers had the same comments in the tent! It still tasted delicious and I moved my focus onto how to make better frosting next time. Turns out it just needed a little more heating.
Finally, I bake because I LOVE to see my friends, family, and housemates faces when they’ve taken their first bite of one of my recipes. To be able to create delicious thinks and share that happiness with people is a wonderful feeling. I know a lot of you will feel the same. Baking spreads happiness. Who can argue with that?
So they are the three reasons why I bake. I know there are many more out there, though, so comment below and tell me your baking story!
What gets you back into the kitchen time and time again? What got you started in the first place?
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