Bake it 'til you make it: what I love about baking

Gabbi de Boer tells us about her love for baking

Gabbi De Boer
21st May 2021
Pixabay: @kerdkanno
There are so many things to love about baking.

Since I was little, I’d be helping my mum whenever she baked something (I say helping, I was really just licking the spoon). One of the things my mum and I baked most when I was younger was muffins, and I remember the first time I truly baked by myself was making blueberry muffins. To this day, they’re still one of my favourite things to bake. 

Another thing I’ve always loved about baking is sharing the end product with others, especially my family. Baking a cake for someone’s birthday and then eating it together, or decorating it to match their personality or with their favourite sweets, to me feels like such a thoughtful thing to do. Recipes are so versatile and you can tweak them or add whatever you like, as well as experimenting with flavours to create something exciting and new. 

Trying out a new recipe and waiting for the final product can be a bit daunting at first, especially if it’s complex, however if all goes well it’s like a little win

Sweet or savoury, there’ll always be a recipe to bake, as well as there being so many different types of baked goods - such as bread, pastry, biscuits, cake. Trying out a new recipe and waiting for the final product can be a bit daunting at first, especially if it’s complex, however if all goes well it’s like a little win. Even if it goes wrong, sometimes it can be funny, as well as a lesson learned, like cookies melting together and becoming one giant cookie sheet or even a loaf of bread rising over the tin. 

Baking will always make up a big part of my life - whether that’s cakes for my family members, cookies to cheer up friends, or home-baked scones for afternoon tea. Sharing my baking with others makes me incredibly happy, and it is this rewarding nature that I love the most about it. 

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