That’s a Shame – It’s Underbaked

Feb 6, 2019 | Musings

When I was a kid and first baking, I never cared that much whether something I made was perfect, just whether it tasted good. I’m sure there were many times when I made something inedible (I can certainly remember the homemade pretzels that were still raw and quickly sprouted mold). I baked because no one else in the house did, and I LOVED (still love) sweets. When I grew up and had dinner parties, I always elected to make the dessert. It may not be served first, but it is served ALONE. It is the center of attention. That’s when I held my breath, waiting for the verdict. Did it look good? Was it baked long enough? How’d it taste? Did it go with the dinner I hadn’t cared as much about?

That was then, this is now. Ha, who am I kidding? I still feel like that. Plus now I have Paul Hollywood‘s voice in the back of my mind. I see those perfect blue eyes framed with furrowed brows. You know, that look he gives when he seems sincerely disappointed that someone’s final effort is perfect…except. Except underbaked. Overbaked. Soggy bottom’d. Too much fruit. Too little flavor. Looking like the dog’s dinner. He’s there, always peering over my shoulder. I have decided this is a good thing since it makes me want to pay attention and be a better baker.

So even though technology doesn’t (yet) allow me to waft smells or teleport baked goods through this blog, I hope to transmit the warmth, flavor, beauty and science of baking through these pages. I will show my personal triumphs and failures alongside products I love, cookbooks I’m obsessed with, people that amaze me and anything else remotely related to baking (BEES!). And maybe, just maybe, my journey will help me to finally stop picking the raisins out of oatmeal cookies. And everything else they are in.

Thanks for joining me!

Mary Berry's Victoria Sponge Cake. Raspberry jam and buttercream sandwiched between two layers of yellow cake and topped with a sprinkling of caster sugar. Not underbaked.
Mary Berry’s Victoria Sponge Cake. Not underbaked.

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  1. Karen Lerich

    So excited for you. I have enjoyed watching you bake over the last year-very impressed.

    • Audrey

      Thanks Karen! 🙂

  2. Debbie Carroll

    Enjoying seeing your beautiful baked goods, alas, that is most definitely not my forte, I’ll live vicariously through you!

    • Audrey

      I feel the same about your amazing paintings…so I guess we’re even! 😁