Procrastinate a lot? Fill that time with these pastry recipes


Erin Gardner’s procrastinating style is quite meta. She cooks to put off the cooking until later.

Fortunately for other procrastinators, Gardner has developed a cookbook organized around the time each recipe takes to cook. “Procrastibaking: 100 Recipes for Getting Nothing Done in the Most Delicious Way Possible” is the manual Gardner relies on to take a break from his career of testing cake recipes, creating tutorials and designs, and doing freelance work. for magazines and online outlets.

“When I need to ramp up my brain to get into this creative mode, sometimes I’ll do something easy and fun,” she said. “Just something delicious that I can share with my friends and family.”

Gardner argues that procrastination helps stoke the fires of creativity, and it’s a way to take a break from other stressful things in life.

“Just give yourself a little time in the kitchen, where nothing else matters but you and what you cook,” she said.

Although her book is filled with a variety of recipes, around 20 of them contain some sort of cookie. Her Buttercrunch Cookie recipe is what she describes as “all that is good in the world”. It’s chewy, crisp on the edges, salty, sweet and fragrant like butterscotch. The caramel in the recipe also does not stick.

“It’s a really satisfying cookie when you have some craving for dessert,” she said.

For recipes that use a creaming method, be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl. This way you make sure that there are no lumps in your finished product and you give that product the best chance to come out the way you want it to because the ingredients are properly dispersed.

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Her crunchy butter cookie recipe is to simply mix the butter and sugar and heat them together until it turns hot and golden. Pour it on baking paper then crush it.

“It’s kind of a fun stress relief, to be honest,” she said.

Gardner’s book also features bread cakes, which she said she prefers to baking bread. One of her banana bread recipes in the book is broken down into one, two, or three, depending on how many bananas you’ve browned on your counter.

“I kind of took the guesswork out of it and got it down to: this is what you do for a banana, and then you can just go from there with as many bananas as you have on hand,” he said. she declared.

Be sure to rotate anything you prepare halfway through cooking. Every oven is different, Gardner said, and they all act a little differently with their own hot and cold spots. If you move your baked goods around in the oven, they will bake more evenly.

Another recipe, the Blueberry Buckle, wraps four cups of fresh blueberries in a light and fluffy cookie dough. You can swap blueberries for peaches, apricots, or another favorite fruit. Taking around 40 minutes to prepare, this is one of Gardner’s intermediate recipes for time commitment.

For those looking to really waste time, Gardner’s latest chapter, “Procrasti-Masterpieces”, might be a good place to start. Recipes include a mocha brownie cheesecake, butter-pecan ice cream sandwiches, and a gingerbread house where bakers bake gingerbread from scratch.


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