Today, I’ve got a baking post for you! So, at the beginning of the year, last year, I said I’d continue to try and bake new desserts, to improve my baking skills, and well…I tried, but I wasn’t consistent, and when the first UK lockdown happened, I just didn’t have the motivation to do it.
Now, however, after having some fun at Christmas, I’ve now become steadier, in terms of actually baking every weekend. So, I’ve been baking more and more desserts and I’ve finally got the hang of some simple snacks and desserts. Let’s take a look!
Ok, let’s start off with what I did last year, and compare it to what I did this year. So, last year, I started off making scones and lemon drizzle cakes, and then after that there was nothing, right? That’s because I didn’t know what I wanted to bake next, and as soon as lockdown started, my mom was the one who baked cakes and brownies, so I didn’t think it was necessary for me to bake.
Now, because I want to improve my repertoire, I’ve decided to keep baking every weekend, so I can build up to those complicated and delicious desserts you see in cafes and patisseries. Ok, so I may not get up to that standard, but I’d like to try making them at one point. So, what better place to start than to start with simple recipes right?
That’s why, this time around, I’ve started with cookies! It’s the most basic and standard staples of any baker’s home. So, for the past few weeks, and over Christmas, I’ve been baking cookies. Now, these cookies are the standard sugar cookies, the ones that you can cut into different shapes and decorate them the way you want to.
First off, I found the recipe for these cookies on Yummly.com, as usual, and yes, I did make them a few times, so I almost have the recipe memorised in my head. If you’d like to check it out, click the link below!
Now, I know they’re Christmas cookies, but honestly, they don’t have to be. They’re only Christmas cookies if you use stencils for Christmas items, like snowflakes, Christmas trees, snowmen and the like. However, you could use any stencils on these cookies, to make them a year-round staple in your home.
So, what did I think of this recipe? I love it! I’m definitely going to keep making these cookies over and over again. Of course, I won’t make them every week, but when we’re out of desserts or snacks, or when I really can’t be bothered to try and experiment, I’m definitely going to bake them. I may even try to add some flavours, like lemon or almond, something that adds a little kick to them, and make them a little more interesting. For now, I’m going to simply stick with the vanilla and sugar flavours.
Now, do you see the icing on these cookies? That’s royal icing. It’s different from fondant and butter icing. Royal icing is literally just a mixture of icing sugar and egg whites. That’s why, when you add it to cookies it’ll harden. Fondant is soft and mushy and can melt, while butter icing is used on cakes and cupcakes.
Alright, so when I iced these cookies, I didn’t have a piping bag, so instead, I spread the icing using a spoon and a knife, so that it could cover the cookie. Of course, now I have a piping bag, so I can cover the cookie evenly and I realised that you can add water to dilute the icing, so it’d be easier to spread. I don’t have a picture of my latest attempts at icing, but once I’ve learned how to decorate my cookies with a more colourful design, I’ll definitely show you guys.
Now, if you guys want to take up baking. I suggest you start with this recipe because it’s relatively simple, and you can’t really go wrong with it. So, go ahead and try it, and when you do, show me! I’d like to see your versions!
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