Let me just start out by saying that I’m not someone to be admired. I didn’t give up something agonizing for Lent, like chocolate or looove. But I did give up something that’s every bit as valuable to me: baking.
As a frantic home baker and a person who is seriously considering enrolling in culinary school for a pastry certification, baking is like my lifeblood. I tried to get rid of the baking urge right before Lent started by going on a mad baking spree—I spent an entire weekend and most of the following couple of days making huge batches of granola, cookies, muffins, and sweet breads. But it wasn’t enough! I’m now going out of my mind because I can’t bake until Easter. WHY did I choose to do this?!
I suppose I could have just taken the easy way out and given up eating sweets. I sample everything I bake, but that’s about it—if I have one cookie or half a muffin, I don’t need any more; I’m perfectly content to give my stuff away. I just want to make it. And I have had a crazy craving to make cupcakes since basically the day that Lent started. Oh, my precious cupcakes. Why do I have to wait so long to make them??? It doesn’t help that I keep looking at sites like this one all day long.
So I’m coping by lying in bed and reading books about chocolate confections and trying to learn more about baking by poring over the more technical sections of my cookbooks. Is it working? In a word, no. I want to make those cupcakes like nobody’s business. Did you know that Cake Love, the gorgeous DC branch of bakeries, has a podcast where they teach you to make Italian Meringue Buttercream icing? No? Well, I do. Did you know that the Culinary Institute of America has vlogs of students in baking and pastry courses? I do! And I am drooling.
There’s only a couple more weeks to go until Easter, though . . . right?! I can totally make it if I lock my stand mixer and my bags of flour in the closet.
Did you give up anything for Lent? How’s it going for you?