I love cooking, but I don’t bake. That’s is – I haven’t baked until a couple days ago.
For this year’s Christmas, I thought I would try my hand at baking a pie and cookies.
Hey, you’re never too old to try something new.
When you don’t know what you’re doing, it’s best to have company. (Who also don’t know what they are doing. That way you can fail together.)
We (the kids and I) set out to bake pumpkin pie and ginger cookies.
“Figure out how to make a pie crust.” I told my daughter. She looked up how to make a crust and started making one. How should I know if it would work?
“I don’t know if this will work.” She said, plopping the pie dough on the counter.
“It looks like you’re massaging a brick?” I said. ” Maybe that’s the way it’s supposed to be. Good job.” She kept going. I thought I saw a smile flicker across her face. It didn’t matter whether it worked out or not. It was the experience of just being together.
“Here’s the recipe for cookies.” I said, handing my son the recipe, “Just follow this recipe. It should be okay.”
As far as I could tell he followed the recipe.
I was missing a few ingredients for the pie – Okay I could figure this out.
“We don’t have any dried ginger.” My son said.
“So use fresh ginger.” I answered hoping it would work.
A few substitutions and later than we wanted we baked the pie and cookies.
Was it a success?
The cookies are more like sweet chips. The pie crust is a strange texture. But hey. It was a success because it was never about the results. It was just about learning and doing it together.
There’s a great lesson in this – a great practice – more than one actually.