I have never been a very good baker. That may be surprising to some of you since I am so crafty and am a hopeless creative type. It is true though…my cookies come out burnt, my cakes dry and my dough always has spots of flour that I somehow miss mixing in.
The problem is that baking is an exact science. You cannot even slightly deter from a recipe or you end up with a mess. I know that this basic concept is my problem. This is why I prefer cooking any day to baking. If you add an extra pinch to a cooking recipe, it still usually ends up delicious.
All this said, I must admit to you that I’m a bit apprehensive about baking Hamantaschen with 3rd-9th graders. Hamantaschen are traditional Purim cookies, and this group of eager children and I are taking on the project in preparation for a Purim Family Shabbat dinner. Oh goodness…pressure is on. Please keep your fingers crossed that our Hamantaschen come out okay. Later tonight, I will upload some photos and let you know how it went, but until then….please, blog friends, keep me in your good thoughts. I need all the positive thinking I can get.
Fortunately, I am not heading into this project alone. I have two fabulous colleagues to work with…one of which is also a non-baker. Oh dear!
My song of the day is from someone who always gets me in a happy mood…Bob Marley! “Stir it up” seems like a good mantra for this blog. So why not….good music to get us going. Enjoy!