At this point I’ve well surpassed my new years goal of baking one new thing every month, because this month alone I’ve done like 3 new things. I’ve had a thumbprint cookie recipe for months and just got in the mood to make sme, because they’re a traditional Christmas/holiday cookie, so decided to pull out my recipe…only to find out how useless it was. The person I got the recipe from is usually a really good baker, so I was stumped as to why the recipe just didn’t work for me. Maybe it had to do with my environment and the moisture in the air or something, or maybe I just did it wrong because my Mom was able to salvage that batch by adding a bit of extra water, and when I used the second recipe I had I had to add extra water as well. Every thumbprint cookie recipe I see just has butter as the liquid in it, and sometimes an egg – which, I’m guessing the egg is a matter of preference, because I did my second batch without one and it tasted exactly the same.
Sometimes when I pick a recipe to do, it’s because
I want to practice certain techniques. When I picked the cream puffs, I wanted to learn how to make pastry cream. For this, I really wanted to practice kneading dough, and creaming butter and sugar together because those two things were major things I’ve been struggling with. I looked up a super in depth article on creaming butter and sugar together that helped tons, but kneading dough has been something I’ve majorly been struggling with. I’ve watched tons of videos on it, and hearing how it was done really wasn’t helping me. What I had to do, is have my Mom show me how it’s done, because honestly I think that’s the only way you can understand how kneading works. Once the dough feels like it’s a rubber ball you can bounce away, you’re good to go and it was tons of fun to smoosh my dough for a while like it was play dough! I really want to try making biscuits again after learning kneading, because I’m pretty sure I got gummy, doughy biscuits because I didn’t knead the dough at all. I’m really glad I finally gave these cookies a go, because I forgot how delicious they were!
I also made the jam from scratch, I made an apple one because it’s what I prefer over raspberries. First time doing that too, and it went pretty well! But once again, needed to adjust and add water to the batch. Luckily jam is easy to fix, just add water until you get the consistency you want. Bright side: I know how to make apple candies now too probably, with how hard it got at first lol.
Lots of learning curves in the stuff I’ve been baking lately, but I’ve enjoyed the challenge. I’ve learned so much about baking these past few months doing more advanced things, can’t wait to do more next year!
Remembered to take a picture this time, so I’ll finish the post up with that!