My Love Letter to Baking

Dear Baking,

This Valentine’s Day, I thought I would write you a note to tell you just how much you mean to me. Although I know that this may seem an old fashioned form of communication, I think it shows best how I feel.

I was first introduced to you over 10 years ago now, and since then, you have been a constant comfort to me. You have enriched my life emotionally as well as as creatively. From the moment we whipped up my first sponge together, and you taught me how beating together butter and sugar could result in something so delicious, I have loved spending time with you, in your world, the kitchen. I have also delighted in sharing our creations with my friends and family – enjoying them together and revelling in their reactions. You have given me immense pride in our bakes.

A great benefit of spending time with you has been the way you have introduced me to so many different cultures and ways of baking. We’ve ranged to all corners of the world, learning to master all manner of confections from French croissants to Scottish shortbread, at the same time as teaching me years of history. Recipes passed down from generation to generation have given me an unbreakable link to the past and I feel, through you, I’m learning from long-gone relatives. They’ve generously passed their skills on to me, as well as a gold mine of knowledge and I’ve loved every minute of it.

You have also empowered me to make beautiful bakes that satisfy my inner perfectionist and tame my need to create perfection in my life. On occasion, you have provided a welcome escape from difficult situations to a world where a list of instructions and elbow grease lead to mouth-watering treats – for the eyes and the stomach.

Thank you for coming into my life and I look forward to continuing my journey with you!

With love

English Singing Baker x

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