5 Fun Facts About Baking
It’s so easy to love baking! Not only are you creating yummy treats and confections for your friends and family (and sometimes yourself!), but you are also exercising your creativity and contributing to a fun baking community. There are many interesting and fun things about baking, so here are a few of our favourites!
Baking Is Good For Your Mental Health
There are many studies that show evidence that baking makes you feel good, not only because sweets are great mood boosters, but also because the act of creating something helps you feel more positive. Baking can boost self-confidence, helps keep concentration, and releases stress. Bonus points if you’re baking for a friend or a loved one: research shows that baking for and with others makes you feel less lonely and helps create a sense of community.
Subbing Is Allowed
Baking is an exact science -- this is something that every baker knows. However, just because you have to make sure that you’ve measured your ingredients well, it doesn’t mean that there’s no room for creativity. Substitution is an age-old tradition in baking for many different reasons: some substitute ingredients for health reasons, some for taste and texture, some out of necessity, and some out of curiosity. It also adds a fun problem solving dimension to baking: for example, in case you run out of eggs, remember that you can work with ¼ cup of applesauce or 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise as replacement, depending on your recipe.
Acting The Part
Did you know? In the Broadway production of Waitress The Musical, whose music and lyrics were written by Sara Barailles, the theatre was intentionally made to smell like baking pies to immerse the audience in the story of a waitress dreaming of her own bakery. Not only that, the production also hired a Manhattan baker to not only create all the pie props but to also teach the actors the proper way of sifting flour, cracking eggs and rolling out the dough!
World’s Tallest Cake
According to the Guinness World Book of Records, the tallest cake ever baked measured at 33 metres and was created in 2017 by the Hakasima-Nilasari Culinary School in Jakarta, Indonesia. It was baked and exhibited for their annual Christmas event and the entire confection involved 3240 kg of eggs,1750 kg of powdered sugar, 1620 kg of sugar, 1620 kg of margarine (3571.49 lbs), 162 kg of powdered milk, 243 kg of powdered chocolate, and 100 litres of liquid sugar.
The Earliest Bread Recipe
Human beings have long depended on bread as a staple food, as evidenced by the discovery of bread-making tools in a 15,000-year-old archeological dig site at the Black Desert in Jordan. The bread would have been made with flour from wild wheat, wild barley, and pulverized roots of plants mixed with water to create something that resembles a flatbread or chapati. It would all be “baked” on hot stones surrounded by fire or hot ashes and used to wrap meat like grilled gazelle or birds. Interestingly, the whole process would have taken a long time since the dig site was dated before the arrival of agriculture, meaning that human’s earliest bakers had to hunt and gather all the ingredients instead of just getting it from a store!
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