Making Baking a Happy Holiday Hobby

Hobbies are important because they help you do something you enjoy in your leisure time. Hobbies are not stressful and in fact, help you become an expert at a creative activity without the need to strain yourself. One interesting, creative and delicious hobby is baking. Baking not only helps you create delicious desserts or savory dishes but helps you make you and your family happy while eating them. Baking is not an expensive hobby. You can bake artistic desserts and showcase your artistic talents. Many who take up baking as a hobby find it a relaxing escapade from the day to day stress of life. Baking as a hobby can lead to baking as a profession and as you become an expert you can start making money by selling your baked treats. 
 
Holiday Baking 
The best way to make a holiday memorable is to serve up delicious food for family and guests. Popular recipes for holiday baking for the Christmas holidays include Christmas cakes, Christmas cookies, mince pies, cupcakes, pies, cinnamon buns, truffles, and cheesecakes. Popular baked desserts for New Year’s Eve include cupcakes, clock shaped cookies, cheesecakes, pink champagne cakes to ring in the New Year and fruit pizzas. Popular holiday baking dishes for Easter include hot cross buns, Easter cake, shortcakes, tarts, and delicious cheesecakes. The favorite baked dish for the holidays is Christmas Cake: 
 
Christmas Cake Recipe 
Ingredients: 6 cups mixed dried fruit, 3 cups mincemeat pie filling, half a cup of orange juice, I teaspoon orange rind, 1/3 cup brandy, 1 cup unsalted and melted butter,3 cups plain flour, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp baking soda, 4 lightly whisked eggs, 1 cup almonds blanched and 2 tablespoons jam warmed. 
Method: Mix the dried fruit, pie filling, orange juice, and rind. Add to a large saucepot. Cook the mixture over low heat for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool for about half an hour. Add the brandy when the mixture is cool. Stir the mixture. Add the butter and sugar to the mixture, add the flour and baking soda and mix well. Add eggs and mix well till the batter has a smooth texture. Grease a baking pan. Spoon the mixture into the pan. Make the top of the mixture smooth and decorate the surface with almonds. Bake the cake in an oven that has been pre-heated to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for three hours. You can test whether the cake is baked by inserting a skewer in the center to see if it comes out clean. Brush the surface of the hot cake with melted jam. 
 
Family Baking 
Baking is a great way for the family to spend quality time together. Some baking recipes that the whole family can make together include cakes, a range of cookies with a range of ingredients and in different shapes, scones, cheesecakes, loaves of bread, brownies, baked savories including simple baked potatoes and baked apples and pizza. Pizza has become a well- known favorite among family baking dishes. Instead of buying or ordering pizza, making pizza at home is healthier and a fun family activity. 
 
Pizza 
Ingredients for the crust: 3 ½ cups of bread flour, One and a half cups of warm water, 2 ½ teaspoons of active dry yeast, 2 tablespoons olive oil, one teaspoon sugar, 2 teaspoons salt. 
Ingredients for the topping: 4 cups chopped tomatoes, 1 chopped white onion, 1 clove minced garlic, 4 basil leaves, pinch salt, pinch black pepper ground, 1 teaspoon dried oregano and 2 tablespoon olive oil. I cup mozzarella cheese. 

Method for the crust:

Sprinkle yeast over warm water leave till it froths. Put flour, salt, sugar, olive oil, and yeast and mix together. Knead the dough till it is a little sticky but not wet. Add flour if required. Grease a bowl with a little olive oil and leave the dough to rise for about two hours. Divide the dough into balls and flatten the dough balls on a floured surface. Roll out till it reaches a diameter of 10 inches. Brush the top with olive oil and leave for 10 minutes. Place on a flat baking sheet. 
 
Method for the topping: 
Put olive oil in a heavy bottomed saucepot, saute chopped onion till translucent, add garlic till golden, add tomatoes and mix. Simmer stirring frequently. Add salt, pepper, oregano, and basil. Simmer for 15 minutes. Spread the sauce on the pizza crust. Top with mozzarella cheese. 
Bake the pizza for about 20 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 
 
Recipes 
Baking is an interesting and enjoyable hobby. The results of your efforts make your family and friends happy. Popular recipes include a wide variety of cakes, the daily bread, and its many variants, flatbreads made in Asia, bread made of cornmeal in Mexican dishes, sweet and savory cookies, pies, pastries, pretzels, and scones. A popular baked favorite for any occasion is apple pie. 
 
Apple Pie 
Ingredients for the crust: 1 cup cold butter cut into cubes, 3 cups flour, 1teaspoon sugar, ½ cup cold water. 
Ingredients for the filling: 6 cups cooking apples, 1 tablespoon butter, ½ cup flour, ½ cup brown sugar, ¼ teaspoon each of ground cinnamon and nutmeg. 
 
Method for the crust:
Mix the butter into the flour till it looks like breadcrumbs. Add sugar, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg, and mix. Make pie dough. Roll out into a 12-inch circle. Grease a pie baking dish. Place the dough in the dish and cut the edges. 
 
Method for the filling:
Combine all ingredients except apples in a bowl. Add apples to the mixture and toss until evenly coated. Put the apple mixture into the crust. Bake the pie at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 to 45 minutes. 
Baking as a hobby gives immense pleasure to those who create baked delights and for those who eat the results of their efforts. Those who make baking their hobby are convinced that it is happiness disguised in a skill and is proven to generate warmth like an oven.
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