How did you celebrate Valentine’s day?
Whenever I bring homemade treats to a gathering, other people tell me that they can’t bake. In response, I tell them they’re wrong. Baking is actually not that hard to do.
The key, for me at least, is to cut corners. I know, I know, this is really bad, but I’m going to be completely honest with you here. There are several things that recipes instruct you to do that won’t make a noticeable difference in the final product. So save yourself some time and effort. Here are some baking “rules” that I just don’t follow. You don’t need to do them either.
There are other baking rules that you definitely should follow, such as preheating the oven to the correct temperature, measuring your ingredients fairly precisely (though I have been known to eyeball measurements and nobody has called the kitchen police on me yet), and setting a timer so that you remember to remove your treats from the oven. But those are all obvious and easy to follow.
I can’t bear to write a baking post without sharing a recipe with you, so here is a brownie recipe that I made today. It’s from Smitten Kitchen, so of course it does not disappoint. The recipe is courtesy of Deb, but the photos are mine.
My adaptions to the recipe:
I hope you enjoy these brownies as much as I do! If you’ve never baked before, then this recipe is a good one to start with. Baking is easy, I promise. 🙂