The Joy of Baking
A week ago I knew I was going to be home alone for the weekend so I decided that would be my holiday baking weekend. I derive an immense amount of satisfaction and joy from both cooking and baking. While I like to savour in the foods I put together, there is something even more satisfying knowing that someone else is going to bite into something I made and smile.
I wanted to put together a basket of treats that was part family-tradition, part-new adventure, a mix of flavours but also something that resonated with the holidays. My house smelled like Christmas, as Rol, my partner, said when he arrived home after two days of baking.
I have packaged up and delivered all the treats, and along the way, I consumed many of my own delicious delights. This year’s cookie adventure was the Sip of Hot Cocoa cookie, one that will likely become a family favourite. I will probably bake again before Christmas day, I have yet to make some gingerbread people. But for now, I’m relishing in the joy I created for myself by spending time doing something I love so much, something both of my grandmothers loved to do, and something that everyone around me gets to share.
I had some requests for recipes, which if you follow the links below you will find. This was the list of things I baked (in baking order):
- Candied Nuts
- Chocolate Bark
- Holiday Crack Toffee
- Holiday Granola
- Bubbie’s Chocolate Chipits Shortbread
- Sip of Hot Cocoa Cookies
- Ginger Cookies
- Mandelbrot (aka Jewish Biscotti)