I’m not a professional baker or pastry chef. I’ve screwed up a million times. Really, a million. The only real baking lessons I received were from my mom. In addition to many tips, she taught me that I can’t eat raw cookie dough and that she won’t eat a baked good if a raisin gets within 10 feet of it. I’ve talked to a lot of people about the concept of becoming a better baker. The reality is no one cares. People care about baking something so delicious that everyone asks for the recipe. I’ve learned that people are really afraid of screwing something up. I spent some time thinking about it, and I just wanted to offer a few words of advice.
What’s the worst that can happen?
You spent an hour or two learning what not to do. The best way to learn is sometimes from failure. I would have never learned to not trust the baking time in a recipe until I realized I couldn’t trust the baking time! Now I always set my timer for a few minutes earlier than the recipe says.
The absolute worst-case scenario is that you have to throw something in the trash. If that’s the worst thing that happens to you, you’re doing pretty well. By the way, it takes a lot for me to do that. If you were going for thick chewy chocolate chip cookies, and what you took out of the oven were thin and crispy… improvise! Crumble the cookies on ice cream and call it a day! The combination of butter, flour, sugar, and chocolate rarely leads to a result that needs to be tossed in the trash.
What’s the best that can happen?
– You learned a new skill.
– You have a recipe to add to your arsenal.
– Your friends and family are impressed.
You received a bunch of likes on your Facebook photo. That’s all we’re really after, anyway