Avery Hatch: Baking

Merry Christmas (to those who celebrate)! Did you bake anything for the holidays? Well, Avery Hatch definitely did! Read her #PassionPreview: “My passion is baking for others! I started baking when I was just a kid. My mother made wedding cakes professionally out of our home for years. I can’t remember there ever not being homemade cookies in my lunch at school. Before I understood the difference baking can make in other people’s lives, I understood that it was something my mom, my best friend, loved to do, and so I wanted in on the action. My mom tells a story about me, around age 4, dragging a chair to the kitchen counter, climbing onto it, and yelling ‘WHISK, PLEASE’ until my mom let me help stir whatever it was she was baking. From there it just kept growing.”

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Why baking? “I love baking as a hobby to begin with, as it’s a fantastic stress reliever. For a little while, all you have to focus on is a recipe. The house smells delicious, and you end up with a tangible product. As I grew older, however, I started to love the power that baking comes with. Think of all your birthday, holiday, and family memories. I can bet most of them include cake, Christmas cookies, pies, etc. Food brings people together. Baked goods especially bring joy. For me, the addictive part is seeing the joy in someone who receives something you baked, from scratch, with your own two hands, out of love. There is no purer gift.”

To someone not interested in baking:
“The kitchen isn’t everyone’s favorite place, and I totally get it. Baking can seem intimidating, because unlike standard cooking, there’s lots of ways things can go awry. It can be frustrating to spend time and money on a recipe and get something yucky at the end. If baking’s not for you, I encourage you to thank anyone in your life who ever hands you a treat, because they’re doing it out of the kindness of their heart because they love you. Baking might not be your passion, but it sure is nice to be loved!”

To someone interested in baking:
“Start with realistic expectations. Chocolate chip cookies are easier to bake than French macarons. American buttercream is easier to make than Italian Meringue buttercream. Sometimes things burn. Sometimes bread doesn’t rise. Sometimes people don’t love what you made. But, with patience and practice, you’ll be whipping up treats that bring smiles to others in no time. Anyone can bake, I promise. Call me and we’ll tackle the first recipe together.”

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