New Year…New Me

Happy New Years Bakers!

It’s 2019, a year of change for this baker!  I started this blog in 2017 to document my journey with baking with the hope that one day I can open my own bakery.  Well, I have to confess that I haven’t been that great at documenting my journey on a regular basis.  I have been baking but if I’m truly serious about this journey, I need to look in the mirror and finally admit to myself that I… and only I am responsible for making it happen.

I do still hope to open a bakery one day and I admit that might not happen but I do love baking and need to make a serious change this year to incorporate baking into my life on a more regular basis.  That starts TODAY!!!

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So for 2019, I am stating my baking resolutions.  A New Year…for a New Me…

  • NO More excuses… bake at least 3 times a week.  I’ve used the excuse of weight gain as a reason not to bake.  I still don’t want the baking to enhance my waistline but I’m in control of if I eat it and there are plenty of ways to share the baked goods with my family, friends, etc.
  • Continue to refine my techniques in different baking options
    • Breads – this is a big category for me to learn.  I’m excited to attempt bagels, focaccia, sourdough, etc.
    • Cakes – I’ve been making cakes for as long as I can remember but I’ve become complacent with the same recipes.  I’m going to extend my repertoire of cakes this year.
    • Cookies – I’ve been thinking about Macarons for a while, I need to attempt these ASAP with different options for fillings.
    • Chocolate and candies – I just started learning more chocolate, having made six types of truffles over Christmas to give as gifts.  In 2019, expect more Chocolate and plan to master caramel, candy, etc.
    • Desserts – this category is endless. I expect to make eclairs, mousse, tortes, napoleons, tarts and patisserie to name a few.
  • Learn new and interesting techniques and tools.  A Pressure Cooker was added to our household this year.  I intend to make 3-5 desserts using the Instant Pot.
  • Take a couple of baking classes!
  • Continue to draw inspiration from my favorite baking shows – especially The Great British Baking Show.  Much can be learned from the Brits and their baking!
  • Document…Document… Document… Write blog posts documenting the baking journey.
  • Last but not least… Continue to have fun!  Baking has always been a great passion of mine, I vow to not lose sight of why I started this journey.  I’m going to have fun baking!

I encourage you to take on something new this year and bake for the adventure.

Have a baking idea for me to attempt in 2019? Let me know.

Happy 2019!  Here’s to a great year ahead!

 

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