I was recently asked by a curious neighbor why I bake so much? I went on a mental journey to figure out the meaning of my baking.
So, here I go. This is why I bake...
Sometimes I bake because I want to treat my loved ones. Sometimes I bake because I want to satisfy a craving. Sometimes I bake because I'm trying to practice a recipe, or because I want to test a change to a recipe. However, most of all, baking brings me joy.
I like the process, start to finish. I really enjoy finding recipes. I like to read the stories that are attached to them. I like to read through the recipes, and I think about the actions that they require. From there, I enjoy the prep work. Measuring, sifting, gathering...all fun.
Combining the ingredients is one of the obvious fun parts. Humans love pouring, drizzling, and dumping things. I watch my kids play in the water, and this is what they do. They pour water from cup to cup with such focus. Baking is my chance to play in an adult way. It's not really socially acceptable for adults to sit around playing with cups of water. Ha.
When things are baking in the oven, I peek through the window a ridiculous number of times. I like the anticipation. So exciting!
Finishing touches, like frosting, are where I get to pretend to be an artist for a moment. I've normally run out of time at this point, but I could really get crazy if I didn't have other obligations.
Finally, I am so pleased to pause and enjoy the finished product. I like that baked goods are temporary. They bring me in to the present moment. They are enjoyed, and then I move on.
So, there's my long winded answer to why I bake. The short answer: it's my pleasure.
Wait, one final note. There is a part of baking that I don't really love...washing all of the dishes. Ugh.
This sweet cake was made purely for pleasure. It's carrot cake with chocolate and vanilla icing. I wanted to try my idea for making stripes, so this was my chance. I'll post more about how it's done sometime soon.
My roses still look like carnations, but they were fun to make. I sat on the floor so that my daughter could watch as I piped them. She was really impressed. :)