so this is what bakers feel like. gods. i’m surprised they don’t all walk around with a god complex. or a vampire complex–i definitely felt like i could run up a tree with kristen stewart on my back or at least stop a skidding car headed at her with my bare hands after this feat. i baked. and it worked!
sure i baked once before, but making a dough that my mom and aunt had personally walked me through four times felt like less of an accomplishment. this time, i did it all myself, the recipe search, the pep talk, burning myself, everything.
i’m not crazy. i purposely picked one of those things that bakers are always saying are so easy to make: crackers. let me tell you something, there was disaster lurking around every corner. this recipe made one batch, not two as indicated, and that was with me rolling out the dough super-thin. (and i do not recommend making these crackers very thin. the slightly thicker ones were flakier and tastier.) so they almost burned! it’s not like you can stick your head in the oven and watch them turn colour, the way you can watch hash browns…brown in a skillet.
and the actually cutting? sure, they make it look fun on tv, even getting little kids to participate. it didn’t go so smoothly in my kitchen. james kindly offered to get a crescent cookie cutter, because i fell so hard for the picture of the little yellow moon when i discovered this recipe, i had to make exactly the same shaped crackers. but of course the store with 30 different-sized snowman cutters didn’t have any crescent-shaped cutters, so i had to coax half-moons from a circle cutter, cutting one circle, then using the arc of that as the inner crescent and so on. in the end it worked out ok. except i was left with a few mangled crescents that looked more like guppies than moons. a few more and i would have had a batch of goldfish crackers on my hands.
but i did it! and my plan to actually put some of my cooking magazines and books to use has started. i plan to turn to them at least once a month to try to learn how to make something challenging–at least challenging to me. so expect another baking escapade from me in early may. for now, i’m calming my nerves with cheddar moons and red wine.