Well everyone reaches their opinion as a result of something and that something is usually past experience. Now don’t get me wrong, some people are what we call natural bakers – they instinctively have a feel for how different ingredients go together and how the science of baking truly works. Everyone else to a varying degree is affected by experience whether it’s from a young age at home or school or as an adult trying something for the very first time. It’s at this point, I believe, that our experiences determine how we view baking. I had lots of good experiences as a child and that really helped me to develop a love of baking that I still have but I have many friends that had completely the opposite experiences and today are much more confident buying rather than making anything!
But I’m still a firm believer that baking IS for everyone.
If you can read, identify ingredients, follow instructions and have an oven then you can bake but there is one caveat you need confidence.
And this is the crux of successful baking. You don’t need to be Einstein in the kitchen but you do need to believe in yourself as being more than able to achieve in the kitchen.
So how do we become confident in our abilities? Well, this is the fun part – experimentation. We all have to start somewhere and where better than with the basics – a plain sponge cake, a humble biscuit or even a small loaf of bread. Master a simple loaf of bread by pure trial and error (enjoying all of the gorgeous loaves you’ll make on the way) and when you can say “wow” then move onto something slightly trickier and so on until you can sit there and say “I really can make bread!” All that you need to become a confident baker is the right recipes and time to practice them until that confidence just smacks you in the face.
Baking should be fun not a trial to be endured, it should fill you with joy and not dread and the only thing stopping you from enjoying it as you should is you.
So if you do one thing this week, month or year let it be baking!