by Chris Ellis, Staff Nutritionist
The holiday season is upon us and if you haven’t already done so there is no better time than now to explore baking.
Nowadays everything is available at your fingertips, people's lives are busy, and baking is not a common occurrence in most households. Few people bake on a regular basis and unfortunately there are many who have never made a homemade product all the way from scratch. There is no better time than the holiday season and the winter months to try out baking or just revisit the experience again! We generally spend more time indoors during the colder, shorter, darker winter days so it provides an opportune time for baking. There is nothing more appealing than the scent of freshly baked goods around your home! With the holiday season fast approaching it is a thoughtful way to give something to friends and family without spending much money and it often means more to people as a gift since it is homemade. If baking is new to you or something you have not done for some time here are some tips: start with something simple that does not include a lot of steps or fancy ingredients that can be expensive, and use a recipe that you may have received from someone who has given it a good recommendation. I would not consider tweaking a recipe until you have had more exposure to baking, since it can often change the end product significantly, which can be discouraging for beginner bakers. One other bit of important advice is to read the recipe all the way through before embarking on it to avoid any mistakes or unexpected steps.