My First Kitchen

Baking requires Math

Most of us have had a love-hate relationship with Math – I certainly have. But as I started baking more, I realized how much numbers, and math in general matters, even in the simplest recipe.

You start the baking process with predictions – not just visualizing the end product, but calculating how to ensure that is exactly how your baked goods turn out. Then, God forbid, you need a higher or lower number of servings to what a recipe prescribes. Making these adjustments reminds me that I am doing more fraction problems than I ever did in school.

The bottom line is that it took me a really long time to get comfortable with baking – the smallest tweaks completely altered the end product, and there’s no remedying that. Forget about figuring out where you went wrong, even! But, you see, I love baking. So, I stuck at it. For most novice bakers, baking can be a very daunting task. It seems quite complicated. It did to me. But, when I finally cracked the code to baking, I realized that, it is in fact, quite simple.

So, now, I’m sharing my revelations with you. Let’s start small – look at the images above. They represent the first set of things any of us looks to bake – a cake, a cookie, & a brownie. Then, we attempt to fulfill our love for crepes and pancakes, and recreating the recipe we savored at last weekend’s brunch.

Look at the pictures again. They look delicious, don’t they? But they also look different. Now, you’re either wondering, ‘I wish I could eat it’, ‘looks like too much effort to make it’, or ‘when am I going to be able to make all this!’ If you had one of the first two thoughts, I’m not going to be of much help. But, if you had the third thought in mind, let me save you the time and effort. It all boils down to 8 basic ingredients, and the world of baking becomes wide open to you!

Baking needs math

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