I think I am a decent cook - I like to try new things & most of the time I seem to put together tasty meals. As for baking, my track record is not as good. I wouldn't say I'm terrible, but I have almost as many misses as I do hits. I think it might be because baking involves precision - its actually just chemistry in the kitchen - whereas cooking allows a bit more latitude with the instructions. I have never really been a great "details" person. If I stick to chocolate cookies & muffins, I am golden (I get lots of practice with these as they are Derek's favourite!), but the idea here is to branch out.
My mom is a great cook & baker. We grew up eating the most amazing cookies, pies, brownies and cakes. I remember birthday cakes shaped and decorated like Big Bird & Holly Hobby. We always had homemade cookies in our lunch-boxes, and I'm embarrassed to say that I went through a phase when I would trade these for Oreos and the other store-bought junk my friends had in their lunch-box. I thought they were so lucky! If I could go back to my childhood I would eat all my homemade goodies. And I would take all my naps, thank you very much!
I want to be a better baker so I can also fill my family's lunch-boxes with goodies. So for the Cookbook Challenge today, I tackled two new baked goods.
CBC #1: Double Chocolate Brownies from Bonnie Stern's Essentials of Home Cooking
Did anyone else get up to baking or cooking this weekend?