Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Following Recipes

Sometimes all I want to do is follow a recipe. Word for word. Ingredient for ingredient. Not a single deviation from how the author intended it.

There's something incredibly relaxing about the process. You follow the steps listed in a given order, and mostly likely you'll end up with what you intended at the end.

Recently, I've been drawn to this kind of baking. It's been an incredibly busy winter, and after a long day at work, it's been the perfect way for me to unwind.

Here are some of my favorites.

These chocolate cream filled vanilla sugar donuts from Joy the Baker were divine. They were my first attempt at donuts, so following a recipe word for word seemed best. The vanilla sugar soaked a bit into the dough, and the chocolate cream just oozed out of the donuts. If only someone could figure out a way for donuts to keep a bit longer....

After making Smitten Kitchen's springy, fluffy marshmallows for a recent party, I was hooked. It was infinitely easier to make homemade marshmallows than I had ever imagined.

I dressed them up a bit by dipping them in chocolate and crushed candy canes.

Did you snack on puppy chow as a kid? Muddy buddies?

Don't have a clue what I'm talking about? No worries. You don't really need to know to appreciate these fabulous peanut butter filled pretzels coated in chocolate, peanut butter and powdered sugar from Butter Me Up, Brooklyn. It's so many of my favorite flavors tucked into one perfect bite.

Do you like to follow recipes?


  1. I go back and forth. Sometimes a recipe is about all I can handle and like you, after a long day at work, it's nice to just cook and not think.

    I've been really working at trying to develop some of my own recipes lately, and when I have the energy find it quite fun!



  2. So...I've been meaning to make all these recipes. And haven't yet. Sad but true. Maybe this weekend should be a baking extravaganza....