I love to cook and always have. However, one aspect of cooking that I have always avoided is cake baking. For some reason, it has always scared me. The few times that I have made attempts, the results have been woeful. So I ended up developing a huge mental block where cakes were concerned.
At the moment, I am yet to start my new job. However, Nicole has spent much of this year working. Several weeks ago she asked whether I could bake her muffins to take to work. Eeeeek.
Rather timidly I bought a packet mix of chocolate muffins. I followed the mixing instructions minutely, stuck them in the oven and somehow managed to turn on the grill function instead of the oven function. The result was charcoal muffins. I felt incredibly stupid and did not want to make another attempt.
Nevertheless, I bought a Blueberry muffin mix which sat in my pantry for a couple of weeks. Eventually, I overcame my concerns and had a go at these. I was SO careful to use the oven function and not the grill. The result… perfection.
“Hmmmmm,” I thought. “I wonder how hard it is to bake from scratch instead of using a packet mix?”
So I looked up a recipe on Orange muffins, bought the required components, then mixed and baked them. To be absolutely honest, they were tasty aromatic but way too dense. I would mark them about a 6 out of 10. Nicole liked them but then asked that I try making Nutella muffins. So I found a recipe at Cantstayoutofthekitchen.com. I followed all the instructions but felt that my batter (is that the right word?) was too dense. So, before baking, I stirred in about a quarter of a cup of water. I then followed the baking instructions and wow – the results looked like proper store-bought muffins. They were tasty too.
I’m telling this story for a reason. In life, I have often found myself crashing into mental blocks that stop me from doing something. I think that this is a particular nemesis to creative people, as more pragmatic people seem to just go forward regardless. Anyway, the lesson in my muffin ordeal is that persistence will be rewarded – eventually. Blocks can be overcome. Never let fear of something stop you from trying, over and over if that is what it takes. I now need to apply this on a broader scale.
As an aside, Nutella… SUPERB!!! I cannot believe that I had not tasted it till we visited Europe in 2015.
Thanks for reading.