Express Your Creativity in the Kitchen
The craziest thing about creating something is that, for a moment, you have a taste of what it might be like to step into God’s shoes. Cooking and baking allow to you reflect on creation itself – God has given you the ability to create food for the nourishment of your own body. Food isn’t used only to sustain yourself; you can express your personality and emotions through it as well. Whatever the reason, it’s enough to give baking a try!
What to Bake?
Deciding on what you want to make, is the first step to baking. Should you stick with your favorite type of cookie or cake? Are you curious about what panna cotta or Baked Alaska’s taste like? Wonder how a macaroon is made? Discover new delicious treats or stay with what you know you love.
Eggs, flour, sugar and butter are almost always needed to bake whatever you can imagine. Sometimes, you’ll find a few odd ingredients like coconut oil, buttermilk, almond meal, gelatin and ginger root, so you may need to run to the store. Finding these strange ingredients is a little adventure all on its own! Once you have your recipe and all of your supplies, you’re ready to begin.
Let’s Get Cracking!
Baking can be somewhat technical at times, but it’s all a part of the experience! Some recipes require mixing ingredients on the stovetop in a bowl over a saucepan of boiling hot water; others require you to mix ingredients to a certain consistency before adding additional ingredients. When baking, you’re not going to just toss things into a bowl, mix them together, put it in a greased pan and throw it in the oven for thirty minutes.
Even though baking can be rather precise at times, there is still room to experiment. Add some almond and vanilla extract to the bowl of whipped cream you just whipped together to frost your cake. Toss some diced walnuts into the bowl of chocolate chip cookie dough. The more you experiment, the faster you’ll understand how certain ingredients work together! Personalize recipes you like to make so your favorite flavors reflect your personality, just be careful about how much essential ingredients (sugar, flour, eggs, baking soda/powder, etc.) you add – you don’t want to accidentally ruin your batter.
Deck the Sweets!
Decorating can be like sculpting or painting pottery – except with delicious frosting. You can decorate with pretty much anything that’s edible: frosting, food coloring, nuts, fruits, chocolate, fondant, marzipan, sauces, jams and candy. There’s no need to follow a recipe once you have your decorating supplies and toppings. You can decorate however you wish.
You can bake for yourself, or you can do it for others. Perhaps you’ve just had a hard day at school and need a way to relieve some stress. Maybe you’re going through a tough break up and need to release some of that pent-up sadness, anger or anxiety. You might even want to work with a creative medium that allows you to embrace God’s beauty. You can bake a family member’s favorite dessert to clear the air after a fight. Or you can indulge in a family favorite for the holidays. You can whip up a delicious dessert for a bake sale or a friend’s birthday. Baking is an incredible way to express love and appreciation through a yummy gift.
Baking is such an excellent outlet for self-expression, not to mention the outcome is pretty sweet! Not everyone makes recipes right on their first try, so don’t be discouraged; the more you practice, the better you’ll become at creating your very own treats! Who knows, you may find that you have a real talent for baking in the process. Bon appetit!