If you find yourself in the kitchen often, cooking and baking up a storm (something I imagine to be true for most of you, otherwise why would you be reading a food blog?), you probably understand the stress and excitement of cooking and baking for others.
Giving away your baked goods is like giving away a piece of your heart. Cookies, cakes, and brownies are almost always guaranteed to bring a smile to another’s face. Unless of course they are on a diet, in which case you should desperately try to convince them that cookies are much more important.
Baking requires such precision, careful attention, and some sense of confidence to known when to pull something out of the oven, even when the recipe is yelling at you to wait another ten minutes. Sometimes you just know. Or smell the burning. Either way, you’ve put so much of yourself into this little edible wonder that be you’ll be damned if they don’t like it. That’s where the stress comes in…will they like it?
But of course, that’s also where the excitement comes in. Because that moment where they put the brownie in their mouth and you see a grin creeping up, you know you’ve done your job. It’s the greatest feeling, really.