Updated: May 3
As someone who loves to cook and bake, I often ask people if they also like to bake or cook, or both. Typically, it's one or the other, or nothing! The usual reason why it's one of the two or nothing at all, are the typical responses such as, "Baking is too precise. Cooking is more flexible" or "It's too hard. I'm horrible in the kitchen". For those that can relate to this, I have a few suggestions that can help you became more of a Chef or Baker than you think you are!
For anyone who relates to, "Baking is too precise. Cooking is more flexible". Well, yes baking does require accuracy and precise measurements. However, there are recipes that allow you to be as flexible and creative as you'd like! For instance, try making an any type Fruit Crisp. Crisps are delicious and require just a few ingredients! Mix whichever fruit you like with sugar, about 1/4 - 1/2 cup of sugar to a cup of fruit (depends how sweet you like it or the sweetness of the fruit) with a dash of vanilla extract, and a dash of table salt. Melt a stick of butter and mix with half a cup of all purpose flour, brown sugar, old fashion oats, 1/4 cup of white sugar, sprinkle on top of your fruit, bake until golden brown, and violà! As you make the crisps more and more, you'll develop new ideas that will naturally develop your baking skills. You can make the filling with any fruit or any spices. You can even add nuts to the topping or make it gluten free! You don't need to be precise with the sugar, just taste the fruit filling to see if you have reached your desired sweetness! Add more fruit or sugar as necessary. It won't hurt the end result!
For anyone who relates to, "It's too hard. I'm horrible in the kitchen". Not all desserts require a PHD in Culinary Arts. You can make a delicious and sophisticated treat for yourself or to bring to a dinner party in just a whip away- literally lol! All you need is a hand mixer or stand mixer with a whisk attachment. A cup of cold heavy cream, 1/4 - 1/2 cup of confectioners sugar or granulated sugar (depends how sweet you like it), dash of salt, and dash of vanilla extract. Mix all the ingredients on medium low speed for about 1-2 minutes, then increase to medium high speed for about 3-5 minutes until the whipped cream forms stiff peaks and doesn't fall from the whisk when you lift it up. Just be careful to not over whisk the cream, as it will turn to butter! You may add more vanilla or sugar and mix on very low speed to incorporate the flavors if you wish to add more. Once it's done, you have a delicious homemade whipped cream that you made yourself! You can make an easy sophisticated fresh fruit trifle with your favorite fruit and/ or nuts. Layer with the whipped cream first. Then add the fresh fruit and layer again with whipped cream and repeat until the trifle is full and finished with whipped cream on top. I love putting trifles in pretty martini glasses or a trifle dish! It looks so elegant and it's so easy to make with little to no effort! Have fun with the whipped cream flavors if you'd like! Try adding different extracts such as almond, orange, or even liquors. Cinnamon and nutmeg are also delicious flavors to add! The options are endless!
I hope I have encouraged some of you to try simple dessert recipes! We're all a baker or chef in some way, we just need to find it. Even if mistakes happen, don't stress about it! It happens all the time to even the best chefs and bakers in the world. We're always learning and I hope I can learn some delicious recipes from some of you as well! Share some of your simple and yummy recipes here or post it on our Instagram!
Baked with Love,
Crumble's By Marielle V.