To Bake or Not to Bake …

That is always the question in my kitchen. The answer is often a resounding, “Yes!” … but then I run into my nemesis: not enough time. It’s 10:10pm … and I’m just getting my act together to think about the baking?! Oy.

I did some baking around Christmas and New Year’s and then a little more last month. And, now that I’ve been being more intentional about cooking for myself, I’ve been doing more baking, too. I discovered a yummy recipe for nutmeg muffins, and I’ve made them a few times. I even made a batch a mini ones to bring to work for sharing. I’ve made two different kinds of biscuits (and both were delicious), and a couple of loaves of carrot-almond bread.  There are a lot of recipes I want to try. I haven’t yet made my mom’s bread — my favorite bread recipe because the bread is delicious and sturdy enough for sandwiches … and it sparks all kinds of memories from my forever-ago youth and my mom’s baking.

Tonight is going to be about cookies. I have a meeting tomorrow and I want to bring something to share. I’ve settled on chocolate chip. I know that’s pretty ordinary, but I realized when I was picking through my recipes that I’ve actually never made chocolate chip cookies before. Never. How is that possible? Even that crazy year when I made 31 dozen cookies, not a single one was chocolate chip. I mean, I even made cookies with rosemary and red wine that year, and not anything as regular as chocolate chip!

I sure hope they turn out okay. It goes against my usual behavior to bake something for the first time for someone other than myself. I like to test out a recipe first before sharing it with others — I have to know it’s good, after all. What if the recipe needs tweaking? Better to discover that on my own, not with company … I’ll never forget the time I swapped the amount of sugar for salt when making cupcakes for dessert when we had company over for dinner! The Horror!

Are you a baker? What do you like to bake? And who do you bake for? And, if you’re not a baker but a taster, what are your favorite baked things? And who bakes them for you?



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6 thoughts on “To Bake or Not to Bake …

  1. Rosemary and red wine cookies sound very interesting! I have never heard of that before! I LOVE to bake. I enjoy baking cookies and trying out different types of banana bread. I also love to make zucchini bread! Sometimes, I look up the recipes that are “skinny” or healthy alternatives to make too. I like to bake for my family (and myself too). Good luck with your chocolate chip cookies! 🙂

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    1. The rosemary and red wine cookies were weird, but not bad. The chocolate chips I made were much better! And I love banana bread … and zucchini bread, too! Thanks for the reminder. I’ll have to find a good recipe for both! 🙂

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  2. I am more a savory cooker than a baker, even though I love the results of baking. And since I stopped working full-time and didn’t have a regular place to take the half left after the two of us had had our share, I’ve avoided baking, I don’t want us to be the only ones eating the cookies or sweet breads or pies, and now there is only one, so even more reason not to have a whole carrot cake or cookies lying around. I do have a really good carrot cake recipe, from a recipe collection out of my daughter’s day-care center. When she was young, we made brownies a lot, but that was mostly her father and her.

    I do have a recipe for a delicious rum cake from a friend that I am looking forward to trying for the next group potluck coming up — all I need is a bundt pan.

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  3. I used to be a baker. I have not picked it up again since I moved. I too seem to think seriously about it in the late night when I have absolutely no time to devote to such. I keep oscillating twixt sweet potato pie or an old fashioned cobbler as my first foray back into sweeter side of the oven.

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