I love baking.
I love everything about it, with the exception that it takes time and I sometimes can’t be bothered. However there is nothing quite like it. To come home and know, for a fact, that eggs, flour and sugar when combined will make a cake is oddly reassuring. Especially after a day like today where teaching the students felt like pulling teeth and was frustratingly tedious and slow, and where I’ve been laughed at, ignored and even sworn at by people half my age. Always a delight. Don’t get me wrong, life as a teacher isn’t always like this, sometimes it is incredibly rewarding and heart warming; today was just a bad day. But at the end of today, instead of going swimming, I came home and baked cinnamon rolls. And they were perfect. Absolutely perfect. And everything suddenly felt a lot better.
So I carried on baking and made Mary Berry’s Mud Pie (seriously is there nothing she can do wrong?!?). For those of you who haven’t got it would like to briefly plug the Great British Bake Off recipe book, the first one. Everything I do from it turns out perfectly; the first time. It is simply a miracle. Especially as it is me, and anything savory I cook I burn to the extent that my lovely fiance has taken control of the main course lest he has to eat any more charcoal meals. (It’s ok, I play my own part by baking snacks for him at the beginning of every week; it’s a rather good system actually)
So there you have it, back a cake and suddenly the world seems right again. It is calming (so long as you don’t care how it turns out and are not a perfectionist, in fact I think that might be key to why it is so relaxing, it simply doesn’t matter if it goes wrong, chances are it will still taste good!).
I have also included this time photos of my culinary miracles to encourage you to try them out for yourself as a calming, relaxing evening away from life and spent instead burying yourself in cakes. Let’s face, who wouldn’t enjoy that?
If you would like any of the recipes look on http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2013/05/08/easy-cinnamon-rolls-from-scratch/ for the rolls and the Great British Bake Off for the Mud Pie, and enjoy.