I’ve always seen something special in baked goods. My family didn’t eat dessert often when I was younger but when we did get dessert, we made the most of it. Family vacations were punctuated by sweets: cookies at Disneyland, ice cream in Canada, pancakes in San Francisco. Even more important were the baked goods my mom made for us at home. I was treated to homemade birthday cake, Thanksgiving quick breads and cookies every New Year’s Day. Sweet treats became associated with family, comfort and love – especially those homemade baked goods.
When it came time to learn a “new skill” for a 6th grade project, my mom suggested she teach me how to bake. It took many more years for baking to evolve from an occasional hobby into a passion. These days, baking is one of my favorite ways to spend my time.
Since I’m an equal opportunity eater, I love to try other people’s creations, too. I have a “to eat” list that spans everything from macarons to milkshakes. It partners nicely with my “to bake’ list, which seems to only grow longer, no matter how many lines I cross off.
This blog is going to chronicle a mix of my own baking, and the things I try when I visit bakeries and ice cream stores. I hope you enjoy the sweet, sweet journey – I’m excited to have you along for the ride!