Today, I whipped up 20 dozen cookies for a graduation party. I started at 12:30 and ended at 4:30---a 4 hour baking marathon. In my past, much heavier life, I used to taste lots of dough as I baked (perhaps to make sure it was just right?) I proceeded to chow down broken and misshapen cookies that came along. Those weren't my best moments...
I just want you to know that today, all four hours were under control. I thought I'd pass along how I handle the big baking these days...
Yesterday's Baking Success:
- I ate lunch first---I never start this process when I'm hungry anymore!
- Hydrate. On the counter, I had a huge glass of decaf iced tea that I kept refilling all afternoon.
- A pack of sugar-free gum sat to the left of my 26 year-old cream colored Kitchen Aid mixer, ready to pop a new fresh peppermint piece in anytime I needed to chew something.
- Twice, I sat down with one hot, nicely shaped cookie, and enjoyed every bite, once with a glass of non-fat milk, and once with my tea. (Quite a change from feeding myself the rejects! I'm much more worthy than those.)
- A bowl of melon chunks with a toothpick in it sat on the counter, too, next to the gum. I found that clean, crisp taste of melon perfect to nibble on.
- I packed up all the cookies on trays as soon as they cooled, and drove them right to the party...
- Then, I took the dog for a walk!
Lesson: Amazing, but it is possible to bake and not eat all the cookie dough! I certainly didn't know how years and years ago, but I do now. And, I like it.