Thanks to a little push from my EDTC 300 class, I will be spending the next couple of months learning how to bake! Crepes, cookies, cake you name it, I am about to try it! Now, baking is not a completely foreign skill to me. I have definitely learned a bit from my mom and my grandma while helping them in the kitchen, but I have just never really taken the time to bake anything on my own. I am looking forward to exploring this skill and possibly even picking up a new hobby!
I was diagnosed with celiac disease at the age of seven, and I have been eating strictly gluten-free foods ever since. This means that all the baking I make will, of course, be gluten-free! This will be an added challenge for me, as gluten-free flour does not always work the same way as regular flour and gluten-free baking is prone to be more crumbly and less soft or chewy. Throughout my learning project journey, I plan to experiment with various types of gluten-free flour.
I also hope to utilize a wide variety of different online resources during my learning project. One of the resources I will be starting with is Betty Crocker’s website, as they have many gluten-free baking recipes that are basic and easy to follow! I also plan on exploring Facebook and Twitter for baking inspiration, as I know there are thousands of recipes and tips on those platforms. Becky Excell’s twitter profile features tons of amazing gluten-free recipes, including some crepes I definitely want to try! Later on in my learning project, I plan to challenge myself by altering a non-gluten-free recipe to make it work with gluten-free ingredients. I also plan on searching for baking videos on YouTube, as there are countless ideas, recipes, and challenges to be found there.
As a grand finale, I plan to bake and decorate a gluten-free cake from scratch. It will have decorative icing and fondant, the whole deal! I will have to utilize multiple different resources to achieve this, as well as use the knowledge I have gained from my entire learning journey. I will be posting updates about my journey and sharing my progress on my twitter page, so be sure to check it out!