Semi-Baking

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As I have mentioned in many recipes, I’m not a great baker but I seem to have talent in semi-baking. I learned this technique by watching my Grandma Hess in the kitchen. She was a seasoned wedding cake guru and locally known for her baking. If you were going to a wedding in the DC metro area, you could bet that the cake was a Laura Hess creation. I was very close to my Grandma and she’s my inspiration behind CookingShorts. I know she would be so proud to see that I am carrying on her dreams. Whenever I bake, she is right there baking with me.Semi-Baking

Some have asked me what exactly is semi-baking. Well, it’s simple. I explain it as combining a store bought mix in with my own personal touch. I let the market do all the work for me by setting up the measurements and portions and then I add in my own fresh ingredients, to give it the CookingShorts twist and special touch.

I find that I am not really good when it comes to measuring out ingredients. I personally hate getting out measuring spoons and cups and trying to pull a million different things down from my cabinets just for one recipe. Don’t get me wrong, there are times when I do.  However, it’s so easy to just open a box and pour, especially now that the markets are booming with organic, natural mixes.

As much as I love cute little cupcake shops and supporting local bakeries, I still find that baking little treats yourself for loved ones is the way to go. Nothing says I love you or thank you more than the effort that is behind something made with your own two hands.

So fellow followers, the next time you are celebrating a special event, I encourage you to skip the market’s pre-made cakes and try semi-baking. There are links below to several semi-baking recipes. Put a little love in your whisk!

Sweet Chip Sconettes

Sweet Chip Sconettes

 

Maple Oat Chip Cookies

Maple Oat Chip Cookies

     
Welcome Home Cinnamon Apple Muffins

Welcome Home Muffins

  Aloha Scones

Aloha Scones

     
Apple Spice Cupcakes

Apple Spice Cupcakes

  cornbread

Awesome Cornbread Muffins

     
Leia's Cupcakes

Leia’s Cupcakes

  Oreo Surprise Cupcakes

Oreo Surprise Cupcakes

     
Ginger Snap Blast Cupcakes

Ginger Blast Cupcakes

  Beverley's British Sconettes

Bev’s British Sconettes

     
Jungle Cupcakes

Jungle Cupcakes

  Dolce Leche Cakes

Dolce Leche Cakes

     
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