Friday, November 15, 2013

I'm not really a good baker

Out of all the talents one can have, the ability to bake is a really odd one. People will tell me that I'm a really good baker and ask me how I learned to bake. And though I'm flattered, I just have to refer to the recipes I use.

Yeah, there's a good portion of baking that comes from knowing what certain terminology means or knowing how to do things quicker. But really, I just have really good recipes. Baking is actually pretty simple when you have a good recipe: it says exactly what to do and when you follow it, you get good results. But it all depends on the recipe- if you use a sucky recipe, you're naturally going to have a sucky dessert, right? So that's why I always look for the finest and greatest recipes out there. There are so many to choose from, but I always want to make sure that I choose the very best one to make the absolute sweetest dessert.

Maybe I just lucked out on having a mother and grandmother who know how to bake and cook and teach me some of the basics, but most of the things I've made have come right from a text where I followed the step-by-step directions. The beauty of baking is that when you choose a really good recipe and just follow the directions, you can control the outcome. You don't need to be the best baker in the world to follow directions.

And even though a large chunk of baking comes from following the recipe exactly, if you mess up or don't have enough of a certain ingredient, you can always make up for it. Sure, the cookie may be a little more mushy than you'd like, but it compensates for being sweet. And even if several different bakers use the same recipe, there are always slight variations among different batches. But what they all have in common is that same great cookie, because it came from a really good recipe.

The more you bake, the easier and better your desserts become. You have to start somewhere to get to where you want to be. The best bakers come with experience and trials, even if they didn't succeed at first. You can't quit right after your first failure or if your first dessert isn't as good as the experienced baker's. (Truth be told, your dessert's still probably pretty good.)

I love it when people tell me that I'm a good baker (who doesn't love compliments?), but I try to not put the emphasis on any set of skills I may have (I really don't have that many). I tell them that it's all in the recipe, and that's why I send them or blog about the recipe I used, because by golly, if they want a good dessert and recipe, they're gonna get one. The recipe is truly the basis of any great dessert.



Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man should not live on bread {or cake} alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"

Wait, what? 

Reread this post. Think a little bit differently about it. 

Do you know what really good recipe God bakes with every single day? Do you know what recipe creates the absolute sweetest life? God's recipe.

I'm not the perfect Christian. But when people tell me that something I've done is so sweet and great, I can't take the praise, because it's not my praise. I have to feed them with the greatest Word I've ever read and share how and why I'm doing it. I'm not who I am because I have some extraordinary skill in being a Christian-- I am who I am because I'm just trying to follow the recipe the best that I can.

You don't have to be a perfect baker to make a great dessert, and you don't have to be a perfect Christian to make the world a better place. You just have to try to follow the recipe to the best of your ability and share the recipe along the way.

sharing recipes for life,
Meredith

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