I can’t believe we made it through the Back to Basics cooking series! This final post features my thoughts on cookies, cakes, and other baked goods.
I’m not going to talk about “tips,” because when you’re working with chocolate, sugar, flour, and butter, it’s hard to go wrong. Plus, I really don’t make that many baked goods. DH and I “drink” our desserts for the most part. Every once in awhile I get a craving for something special, like zucchini bread or blueberry muffins or strawberry shortcake. But unless DH and I are bringing it somewhere, we really don’t need a batch of something for just the two of us!
For that reason, I don’t do a lot of healthy substitutions. The recipes I come across in my cookbooks often include honey or maple syrup for sweetener or whole wheat for at least part of the flour. Again, since it’s so seldom that I make it, I don’t sweat white sugar or flour every once in awhile. If you have kids or have the need to bring baked goods to parties regularly, it wouldn’t hurt to find some sort of healthy dessert recipes that you perfect and can feel good about bringing.
What about desserts that other people bring? I have decided that it’s only worth the calories if it’s something homemade. Otherwise it doesn’t taste as good as it looks and makes me feel like I wasted my calories on something totally worthless. Plus I don’t feel so bad saying no to something that someone picked up at the local grocery store vs. something that someone worked hard over making. Yeah, I’m judgy like that.
Below I’ve linked some of my favorite baked good recipes, and I invite you to do the same. Bonus if it uses fruits or vegetables!
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