I haven’t baked anything for a very long time. The last time I prepared a banana bread was early 2000’s, I think. I actually love baking. I started baking at an early age, probably when I was around 13. I started with making macaroons. Not the now so popular french macaron type but the ones with desiccated / shredded coconut. I used to call it the gold crown because of its color and shape. (Below is a photo so you can see how it differs from macarons.)
My mom taught me how to bake them using a very small oven toaster. At that age, I feel like a professional chef and I would pretend to be having a baking show while mixing the ingredients. Yes, complete with a voice-over like Nigella Lawson or Gordon Ramsay, if you may.
After mastering macaroons, I started baking banana cakes. It’s quite different than making macaroons and I’m not sure if it’s still considered baking even if I used simmering water to cook instead of the traditional oven. Nonetheless, my mom and brothers really liked my finished product. The pans always go empty. ^_^
Now that I’ve seen a lot of my friends bake cookies and cakes, I’d like to give it a try again and start with easy recipes. My Facebook wall or Instagram feed gets flooded with their photos, it’s so hard to resist.
Perhaps I’ll see if I can still make yummy macaroons and banana bread…I still remember the ingredients and methods by heart anyway. After which, I’d like to try something quick to prepare but still yummy like a recipe of an easy to make shortbread I found online a while back.
Shortbread doesn’t require hard to find ingredients nor does one need elaborate preparation. Since I consider myself a beginner when it comes to baking, this should be the perfect recipe to start with.
I can even bring some to work for tea and coffee break. Or store the rest for midnight snack while I stay up late. Does it taste great with milk? (I’m sure it does.)
Now, I’m off to the kitchen.