The Baking Sensei


Documenting the art of baking through trial and savor. The Baking Sensei is a journal that focuses on the experience of baking.



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JAN' 19



“In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and snap! The job’s a game.” - Julie Andrews (“Spoonful of Sugar”, Mary Poppins film)

Something is only fun when it doesn’t feel like a chore. Last fall, baking started to feel more like a daunting task than an adventurous and creative outlet. As a routine-oriented person, I should have known that I would inadvertently turn baking into an monotonous assignment. So, I knew it was time for a break. Yet...when I was ready to bake, I wasn’t sure what to bake as well as what to do with this space. However, I knew that I didn’t want to abandon it.

This year I am not going to worry about figuring it out or planning where this space should go. Instead, I am going (to try) to have a bit more fun and (attempt to) go with the flow.

For my first bake of 2019, I went with a classic: chocolate chip cookies. But with a couple of twists: 1) the recipe is from a children’s book, and 2) I added caramel shards. It was fun to use a recipe that was not from a cookbook or blog.

The book is Cookies! by Lotta Nieminen. It’s a fun interactive board book and also part of her Cook in a Book series (I have the tacos book as well.).