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A Guide to Intuitive Baking - Rule Breaking Baking

Updated: Jun 22

"Baking is a science, and for reliable results you should really measure everything." – Unknown

Except when it's not!

Baking doesn't always have to be a strict science. Sometimes, it's about letting loose, having fun, and trusting your instincts.

Embrace Your Inner Baking Rebel

  • Break the Rules: Who says you need a recipe? Let your creativity run wild and see what deliciousness you can create. Trust yourself. Afterall, it is intuitive baking!

  • Mistakes are Genius: Don't be afraid to experiment. Some of the most iconic desserts were born from happy accidents. Remember, burnt sugar makes the best caramel!

  • It's All About the Feeling: Relax and let your intuition guide you. If you feel any kitchen jitters, stop, relax - shrug your shoulders a few times, roll them back and then take a deep breath - maybe even a few deep breaths. Remind yourself - this is supposed to be fun, enjoyable - MINDFUL. Maybe repeat on or all of the following affirmations:

  • "I give myself permission to play in the kitchen, experiment with flavors, and discover new culinary delights."

  • "I trust my instincts and embrace the joy of cooking."

  • "I release all expectations and allow myself to have fun in the kitchen."

  • "I am presentq in this moment and savor the process of creating something delicious."

  • "I am a confident and intuitive cook."

  • "Every step I take brings me closer to a delicious and satisfying meal."

Get to Know Your Ingredients, Up Close and Personal

For those new to the eyeballing game, here's a little trick:

  • Grab a few bowls. Measure out 1 cup, ½ cup, and ¼ cup of flour. Now, look at them, feel them between your fingers. Get a sense of their weight and volume. Soon, you'll be able to "measure" with a glance.

  • Do the same with your favorite spices. Start with a tablespoon, then a teaspoon, and work your way down. Before you know it, you'll be adding a "pinch" of this and a "dash" of that like a pro.

Baker's Cheat Sheet

Here are some handy approximations for the intuitive baker:

  • A Cupful: Think of a big, juicy apple. That's about the size of a cup. You can use a small bowl, a scoop, or even your cupped hand to get the right amount.

  • Two Cupfuls: Picture a pint of heavy cream. That's about a pint, or two cups.

  • A Handful: This one's tricky, but remember, hands come in all sizes. A good rule of thumb is that an average handful is about ¼ cup, but adjust accordingly to you!

  • A Spoonful: Imagine a heaping spoonful of peanut butter. That's roughly a tablespoon.

Let's Get Baking, Your Way!

Now that you've got the basics, it's time to unleash your creativity. Whip up some brownies, bake a pie from scratch, or create your own signature dessert. Remember, it's not just about the recipe. It's about the joy, the passion, and the delicious flavors you create.

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