Don't misunderstand the title.
I'm not the one baking.
My daughter, however, has caught the baking bug.
A few weeks ago, out of nowhere, my daughter fell in love with baking. Not from scratch, not yet (as her mother is definitely not the one to teach her any baking skills whatsoever), but from a box. Which, is as good a start as any. Reading directions, preparing ingredients . . .
Suddenly, I was being asked to have ingredients on hand, which, while a staple for many, just don't seem to reside in my house.
"Do we have eggs?"
"Yes. But WAIT! They are all hard-boiled."
"How about milk?"
"Of course. Oh, um, it's almond milk."
"Where's the butter?"
"Butter? Can you use coconut oil?"
"Mom, where's the sugar?"
"Are you kidding me?"
I know. Sad. If you are a neighbor needing to borrow a cup of something, please skip my house.
Seeing her interest, and even hearing "culinary school" in her conversations about the future, I decided to pick up more eggs, milk, butter, and sugar. I want to encourage her, and thus, the staples are now on hand. We've had pumpkin bread, chocolate chip cookies, gluten-free vanilla cake (found a bag of Bob's Red Mill stuffed back in the pantry), and even cheddar biscuits. Her brother, recognized the perks of a having a sister who bakes, cleared and organized our weak attempt at a baking supply pantry, creating a shelf just for her and her "boxes".
My goal, however, is to help her research healthier options - especially recipes from scratch, and tackle one with her each week. I need to learn how to bake also, so why not do it together?
Now is the perfect season to enter the baking race. We'll be taking it slowly, but I'm sure we can knock out a few scrumptious delights, that may even be worthy of sharing. It will even be fun to eat our mistakes.
But truly, I don't bake and didn't grow up in a baking house.
- What ingredient staples MUST I have on hand at all times?
- Are there special kitchen tools/small appliances recommended?
- Where can we learn the basics together?
- Any links of favorite baked goods that we should try from scratch?
Joline Pinto Atkins, an actress who also uses the web as her world-wide stage, can also be found writing at The Cuppa Jo, and Beaver County Times online as the Health and Wellness blogger. She is wife to one (phew - that's good to know) and mother of two amazing children, aged 13 and 9, who are both named after authors. Passionate about fitness, she is an Independent Team Beachbody Coach and sweats out any daily angst by exercising at home, longs for good books, is a redeemed coffee addict, will never get enough of the Gilmore Girls, and won't share popcorn with anyone. Even her own family. Follow Joline on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!