My name is Carol. Care, for short.
I am neither a professional cook nor expert baker, but I love food and I have a passion for collecting cookbooks and trying new recipes. Sometimes the results of my efforts look and taste divine; at other times, I am sent back to the drawing board to figure out where I went wrong.
Baking is often compared to science. You need to use the right ingredients in the correct proportions, add heat, and wait for the desired chemical and/or physical reaction to occur. Knowing and using the correct formula will increase the likelihood that a particular combination of ingredients will result in beautiful baked goods. However, I don’t discount the element of luck that sometimes turns a mess of batter into the most delicious treat, 45 minutes of oven time later.
I tend to have an “hmm, that looks interesting” attitude that often leads me to tackle more complicated recipes before I master the basics. After all, who said I would need to know how to bake the perfect chocolate chip cookie before attempting to bake croissants from scratch?
In creating this blog, I thought about the things that I would have liked to know as I was learning to bake. For example, why cream the butter and how can I tell if I’ve done it correctly? What’s the difference between a pâte sucrée, a pâte brissée, and a pâte sablée? Do I really need to use a loaf pan, or will a muffin pan work? I had a lot of questions as I was starting out, and I didn’t always know where to turn for help.
Come and join me on this journey. There may be a few baking mishaps along the way, but I am hopeful that the lessons learned will make up for them. Together, we will navigate the world of baking. Get your whisks and mixing bowls ready! Let’s bake!