Cooking is an Art, Baking is a Science. In cooking, you can throw in a handful of herbs or a little more butter, like you were adding a bit more white to fuchsia to get that portrait of a summer dress the right shade of pink. You can make changes as you go with no major catastrophe in the end. In baking, everything matters. Think of baking as chemistry. One small adjustment could be your undoing, but you won’t know it until you pull your cake out of the oven. When making something for the first time, read the recipe thoroughly before you start. Follow every step to a tee. Remember, the recipe developer thought each element was important enough to document, so there must be a reason for it. Let’s look at it another way, let’s say that you were Pablo Picasso, and you were commissioned to do your rendition of the Mona Lisa, it wouldn’t look like Leonardo da Vinci’s portrait, but never the less, it would probably still be considered a great work of art. That’s what cooking is like. Baking is defusing a bomb…one false move and…kaboom! That’s baking! When you try a new recipe, don’t alter the recipe until you’ve made it successfully at least once.
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