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Baking Can Be Your All-Time Best Friend
Donning baker hats could be the best way to bring the family together. Here’s how you can bond and get popular instantly
It isn’t surprising that people have taken to cooking in a big way as they spend more time at home. One interesting way to make your kitchen-time fun and productive is by trying out baking. Among its many benefits, baking is a great community exercise as it encourages teamwork, helps rekindle relationships and makes lasting memories.
So, put on your baking aprons and gloves, crack a few eggs (and jokes), scoop that dollop of butter and spend some quality time bonding with your family over cookies and muffins. Here are some tips you can use:
Recreating old recipes
While it’s undoubtedly a great feeling to come up with a new recipe, digging into old cookbooks to recreate a few recipes from the time of your mom or grandma has its own charm. Be it an apple pie or a classic chocolate cake, reimagining and replicating their essence is sure to take you back to times long gone.
A sense of belonging
After deciding on what you want to bake, you may choose to delegate tasks to your fellow family members so that no one feels left out. From the elders to the kids, everyone can have a role to play, geared towards the final product, thereby promoting a sense of responsibility and inclusiveness within the family. This can also be a space to be creative without being scrutinized or judged.
Baking as a stress buster
Baking can be a good stress buster too. Be it hand-tossing to get the crust right, blending ingredients into the batter, putting them in moulds of various shapes and colour, ensuring the right flavour or placing the dish in the oven, setting the timer and watching it rise and fluff, each set of activity comes with a unique feel-good aspect.
Besides, the aroma of freshly baked breads, crepes and pastries can indeed be refreshing and energizing.
After baking a dish, you often look forward to decorating it in the best way possible—be it lathering bases with freshly whipped cream, adding sprinkles and icing, or placing a cherry on the top of a cake.
The end result is something you could happily boast about on your dinner table, your social media page or in your extended family WhatsApp chats. Bon appétit!