my secret ambition in life is to open a bakery. i worked at a bakery during college and i loved every aspect of it. waking up early, kneading bread, the smell of baking bread and cookies, and especially the eating part. baking really speaks to my soul.
when i was living in NYC, the silver moon bakery had a bread baker come in every night around 1-2AM. on late nights out, i'd walk by to see him busily kneading away, prepping the dough to rise and feed the masses the next day. it was always really calming to see him working, and a part of me always wished i were him. inside the bakery, the windows fogging up from the rising dough and hot ovens, me kneading bread in an apron and my thoughts allowed to drift and wander where they would.
so you can imagine my disappointment that in the past year i have hardly been able to bake ANYTHING. everything i put in my oven comes out a flattened burnt/tasteless pancake. i made red velvet cupcakes and chocolate chip cookies last week and they were both ruined. i can't figure out if it's me or my oven, but for the time being i'm blaming it on the oven. but time to get to the bottom of things. with my central AC on my side, i'm dubbing June "baking month". i'll be documenting everything i bake here or at my cooking blog, gnomie cooks. can't you just not wait to see my flattened cookies and burnt banana bread? xo