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Today, we’ll be touching on the first topic of the original post, Baking & Understanding It. Now, as I said before, everyone reading this may not be a baker or crafter, but that doesn’t stop you from taking this in and analyzing whatever you discovered and taking it on. Remember, all this can be applied to anything. You have to have an open mind and the will to do it. So, let’s get started.
Everything we do has a recipe, whether we made it or it was already there. We know that every recipe can’t be one-size-fits-all. There is too much going on in the world for us to try to live with the cookie-cutter stuff made for us out here. What do you do? You learn it, you make it, and you tweak it. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves in talking about techniquing and tweaking.
Let’s say you have a recipe that goes as follows:
- 2 eggs
- 1 stick of butter or margarine
- 2 cups of sugar
- 1 cup of milk
- 3 1/2 cups of flour
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Add butter or margarine, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Cream until smooth.
Add eggs to a clean medium bowl and beat. Add vanilla and milk to the eggs and mix until combined.
Sift flour and baking powder in a clean medium bowl.
Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the butter/sugar mixture. Mix until combined. Add half the egg mixture and mix until combined. Repeat this process, mixing 1/3 of the flour mixture, the remainder of the egg mixture, and then the last 1/3 of the flour mixture. Mix until combined. Be sure not to over mix.
Note: This is not a real recipe, so don’t expect it to turn out right if you make it. The point in tis recipe is to see how well you follow instructions and how much patience you have for what you’re working on or wanting to learn. How many of you would have taken a shortcut and threw it all in the bowl?
How much thought you put into perfecting your skill is up to you. You may run across people that don’t notice it, but NEVER, EVER stop perfecting your craft because someone doesn’t see or should I say doesn’t want to see it. Guess what, there a whole lot of people out there that WANT TO AND LOOK FOR “BangQuality.” I’m a BangQuality shopper and I make BangQuality products…. We’ll talk a little bit about what BangQuality is later.
You know, it took me about 3 years to get dough right. I didn’t go to school, no one sat with me and taught me anything. I put in the work and I got the doughnuts, the bread, the soft pretzels, etc.
I was so frustrated. I thought I needed someone because I was a lost cause…but nope. I bought a textbook, and I practiced non-stop. You wanna know how I know my doughnut dough was right? It was because it felt right. All I had was one picture in that textbook as a reference and with my imagination, I created what that dough was supposed to feel like.