I have a new hobby that really peaks my interest, but is terrible for my waistline. That’s right – I’ve started baking. I never thought I could be a decent baker. For one, I don’t particularly swoon over sweets. On date night, I’d rather order an appetizer than dessert. Secondly, I love that when I cook I can add random spices that sound good, or just kind of “eye things up” as my Mom has always done. Because of this, I was sure that I would screw up everything I try to bake, since it is an exact science.
I started with a lemon cake from Ina Garten’s cookbook, Barefoot Contessa at Home. I’d been wanting to take a step into the unknown for awhile, and her recipe seemed easy. It was a lazy Sunday, and Matt and I were just taking it easy, so I figured it was a better time than ever. Plus, if I were to choose a dessert or sweet to eat, anything lemon always sounds good. Made with yogurt instead of butter, it is a healthier alternative and oh so good! The finished product was a success and it was just the jumpstart I needed to get this hobby off the ground. I was proud enough of my creation, that I brought it along to Suas for my co-workers to enjoy. Luckily for me, they did; luckily for me and Matt, we were then spared the calorie consumption!
Since then, I’ve made Peanut Butter Bars that the girls devoured at my book club (this time leftovers went to Matt’s co-workers), and just today I attempted Carrot Cake Cupcakes with a Cream Cheese Icing. Matt and I spent the morning and early afternoon in City Centre shopping for gear for our trip next weekend, and eating lunch at the most delicious American-inspired restaurant (more on that in another post). After walking around in steady rain for the majority of the day, I thought it’d be nice to go home, try to bake something new, and relax with Matt and a good book. I chose carrot cake cupcakes, because carrot cake is by far my favorite of all desserts. After a quick stop by the grocery store for the essentials, followed by time spent in the kitchen, I successfully completed my third baking dish…and they are good! I even got a high five from Matt.
Now, I know I’m bound to try something that doesn’t end up coming out quite right, but that’s okay. The fun itself has been trying at all. And I can’t take all of the credit either – most of it should go to Ina Garten for her fabulous recipes. All you really have to do is follow them precisely. And to those of you who find yourself bored on a rainy or snowy day, try baking! For now, I’ll enjoy my new, yummy creations for a bit longer before pawning them off on others!