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The Estimating Baker: Saying Good-bye To Accurate Measures, Weights and Scales!
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Quotes about Baking
Baking makes me focus.
What's so great about following the recipe?
If you love to bake at home, then you probably conform to one of two types of home baker. (There are no doubt a thousand - not fifty – shades of grey in between, but for illustration's sake we'll go with two.) The first type of home baker is epitomized by most of my aunties (and my sis.) she or he, is meticulous, precise, measures quantities to a tee, knows the exact temperature his or her oven will achieve, rarely substitutes ingredients and is often happy to tutor others in the correct way of baking anything. Their kitchens are a beauty and a joy to behold, and any mess produced as a side-effect of baking is cleared up – meticulously – along the way. When the work of following a recipe is done, the kitchen looks absolutely as immaculate as before all the work began (and possibly as immaculate as the day it came out of the showroom). The only difference is the existence of their beautiful, textbook-perfect creations, their cakes and pies and cookies, steaming gently on the worktop.
Come on, you know a baker like that. Everyone knows a baker like that. They're infuriating.
And then, there's the other kind. The kind like me! Take me, I've just made flapjacks. (You could call them flapjacks. They do bear some kind of freaky resemblance to the general popular notion of flapjacks. They have oats in them, and syrup – the little bit of golden syrup I found I had left in the house, after I'd already started pouring out the oats. So they also have black treacle in them, which makes them taste slightly burned, rather like bonfire toffee. Which is fine! Which is good. They have vegetable oil in them, despite my vague memories of flapjack recipes involving margarine, since vegetable oil is so much easier to mix in quickly. They have a large pinch of salt, since vegetable oil is so bland in comparison to margarine. They have a whole lot of peanuts in, since I have a huge bag of peanuts that needs using up. And they have no dried fruit at all, because I have none in my store cupboards, despite the fact that I am very fond of dried fruit in flapjacks, and live quite near to a general store.
That's the other kind of home baker. The 'guess as you go along, guesstimate, try substitute ingredients if you're short of something, just what the heck try it and see how it turns out!' sort of home baker.
The flapjacks taste fine, by the way.