Muffins, cakes, and buns

So, I’ve been doing a lot of baking. I like to cook, but baking is my forte. When I was a kid, somehow, I became the dessert maker in the family. My mother didn’t have time for baking; things had to measured carefully, oven temperatures had to be monitored; and there was all that stirring and beating and pan preparation. She simply didn’t have the time or patience for any of it. Cookies and bread were one thing, but cakes? Forget about it. By default, and because I enjoyed doing it, the job of baker became mine.

Over the years, as more people have been eschewing desserts, particularly rich desserts, I had been doing a lot less of that baking. Lately, though, finding myself with ingredients and a recipe box (it really is an old shoe box) that I haven’t bothered with in some time, I have reverted to my previous role as “baker of the house.”

I’ve left small loaf cakes on the porches of my neighbors; half-dozens of muffins in mailboxes; cinnamon rolls on doorsteps. I drop them off anonymously on the first of my two daily walks, around 6:00 a.m. Of course, my husband and I eat our share (more than our share) and I have not weighed myself in weeks. Baking has been my return to a kind of normalcy; if you do everything right, you are rewarded. If you make a mistake, learn to “make do.”

“Making do” is our motto now.

9 thoughts on “Muffins, cakes, and buns

  1. What a great idea to deliver your baked treasures to neighbors. I have been doing more cooking during this unprecedented extra time at home. Normally, I’m a baker! I had missed having baked goods around, so last night I baked oatmeal raisin cookies and ate four of them! My husband took some to co-workers today. I can see why you want to get them out of the house.

    Are you finding ways to make-do on recipe ingredients that you don’t have? I want to get better at that–adjusting the recipes so I can make the recipe anyway.

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  2. Oh, I only wish we lived in your neighborhood! I love the drop-offs, Diane. How wonderful! Stacey suggested that I watch a cooking show while we are sheltering at home. I am pulling out your recipes and hope to try one each week. Maybe I will learn to cook by the end of 2020!

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  3. Excellent motto — reminds me of long-ago stories told by my grandparents; they knew how to “make do” with so little AND they said people were happier. I know how happy your neighbors must be! I am not an extraordinary baker but my new daughter-in-law is – maybe next week I will write of her “quarantine cookies.” And you are so, so wise not to weigh right now. It is not the time!!

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    1. My Facebook extended family group has been posting recipes all week. Mine are all depression era dishes “making do”. I’m really afraid to weigh myself.

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  4. My mom was a fabulous baker and I too have so many of her depression era recipes. I’ve tried a few but need to do more. I’d love to be able to share the wealth and gift a neighbor. Thanks for inspiration!

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