Baking is not just a hobby. It is a form of therapy!
Did you know that “stressed” backwards spells out desserts! Coincidence? I think not.
Baking is more than just a means to satiate your sweet cravings.
Read further and you’ll know how.
Serves as a distraction in times of sorrow
This pandemic has made people feel isolated, depressed and lonely. People look for distractions in times like these, and baking provides just that. It proves to be therapeutic. An analysis reveals that google searches for baking recipes and tips are on the rise. It gives you sensory pleasure and helps you to enjoy the present.
Moreover, the aroma of a perfectly baked cake feels like a warm hug expelling all the worries away.
Think about it this way- having to concentrate on every detail mentioned in the recipe, for example, measuring the ingredients properly, not over-mixing, baking it for the right amount of time, etc is an activity that requires A LOT of your attention. When nothing seems to be working out, the last thing you want is burnt cookies. (Tip #1 do not take your eyes off the prize even for a minute)
Instills a sense of accomplishment
Many of us, especially in these difficult times, may have felt disheartened and dejected. Baking provides a sense of achievement. Not only does it elevate moods, but the ecstatic feeling derived from seeing the cake rise boosts happiness.
Small wins like these serve as reminders that we’re capable of doing much more than we expected, and increases our confidence multi-fold of what we’re capable of doing. It satisfies the emotional need for purpose and meaning in our lives.
Remember to celebrate your achievements, no matter how small or big they might be. (Tip #2 Don’t share your dessert with others, It can lead to serious physical damage)
Allows you to be creative
Studies have shown that creativity can improve your overall health. It helps to reduce anxiety, depression and stress. It enables you to cultivate your negative emotions productively.
Once you get into baking, you’ll discover there’s a lot to learn. Baking allows you to be as creative as you want and offers you the opportunity to express yourself uniquely.
So what are you waiting for? Go and bake a cake right away! (Tip #3 Keep the cake moist by eating it in one sitting.)
Here are a few baking pointers to get you started:
• Before you begin, read the recipe carefully. Follow each step to the letter.
• Always measure your ingredients.
• Wet ingredients should be at room temperature and dry ingredients sifted.
• Use parchment paper to ensure that the batter bakes evenly.
• Don’t overfill the cake pan; it needs room to expand and rise.(Tip #4 Don’t forget to enjoy yourself while making all those mistakes! )
If you want more tips, let us know in the comment section below.
Till then, HAPPY BAKING!