We have come to an end of an unforgettable journey. Bruce’s Baking Bash is closing up shop. But not before one final hurrah. In last blog post, I mentioned that I will attempt to make homemade hamburger buns, but I decided to change things up. As Father’s Day is approaching, I selfishly wanted to make myself some muffins to celebrate.
Here is a link to the recipe I am following.
I have learned from my mistakes while making cookies and have taken the butter and eggs out prior to baking so they are room temperature and easy to mix
Another lesson learned was to make sure I have all the ingredients prior to starting. I got lucky in my cookie adventure, but was not going to expect that to happen again. Turns out I had everything this time!
Next is time to get the dry ingredients in one bowl and wet ingredients in another.
Mix mix mix!
Apparently, when combing the wet and dry ingredients for muffins, the key is to NOT over mix. Below is probably even a touch over mixed from what I found out. So now they go into the muffin pan and into the oven. Fingers crossed.
Success! Now they need to cool for ~ 5 minute before I add the glaze.
The glaze was super quick and simple to make. Not to mention delicious! It wasn’t quite on the same level as the cookie dough a couple weeks ago but it was good!
This recipe makes a dozen and if you are wondering why the below picture only has 11…well I would love to say I taste tested one,but my daughters decided to split one before I could snap a picture.
Before I sign off on my last Baking Bash, I want to give you and overview of everything I learned about baking and the process of learning a new skill online.
I started off my diving into cupcakes. In doing that I not only attempted baking for the first time, but also searched for a recipe online for the first time. While I did not use an online recipe for this part, this definitely gave me a head start from my future projects (including next weeks). I found myself coming back to similar sites each time I searched. For example, the familiar name of ‘Betty Crocker’ appeared several times in searching for cupcake recipes, which lead me to try it for cookies. It is the experience of searching online for a recipe and following only the online sources that I found interesting. Allow me to explain. My wife is a small town farm girl and her parents still live out on the farm. With this, my wife and my mother in law both have an abundance of knowledge and experience in baking. As well, they also each have large recipe books. While recipe books may seem obsolete or out dated to some, to my wife and her mother, they are timeless. So when I said I was going to try baking cupcakes for this class, I was hit with 100 different recipes before I could finish getting the words out. It was here that things became difficult. I really had trouble with staying committed to learning online when I had two seasoned veterans peering over my shoulders. I would also venture to guess it was equally as hard, if not harder for them to sit and watch me screw up while they were biting their tongues. And that was just for cupcakes. At this point I had more posts I knew I needed to complete on my own.
For the cookies, I knew I had to make a change, so I waited for my wife to be out of the house and strictly followed the online protocol. Perhaps it was the lack of pressure from not having an audience this time, or the experience I gained from completing the cupcakes; but I found the entire process, start to finish, easier this time around. Everything from searching for the recipe online to double checking the recommended baking time online was simpler. I found baking was getting easier and using online sources was getting easier too.
When it came to the muffins, I again, waited for my wife to be out of the house to give it a go. And again, the third time was easier than the first two, in terms of using technology to help me learn a skill and my actually baking skills.
In summary, this was a very valuable project for me. I found that I was able to not only learn a pretty basic and awesome life skill, but was able to learn in through a new medium. I would argue that the majority of baking recipes and secrets are passed down from generation to generation (think of grandma’s homemade bread or baba’s perogies) through word of mouth not email. However, I was able to find quality recipes, advice and instructions in the online world. I will admit that I started very basic with my baking creations, and thus made it harder for me to screw up. But give me a break, I needed to start somewhere. I will undoubtedly continue to advance my baking skills in the future and maybe one day I will be able to bake something for my students.