I like to bake. Well, I like cooking in general. It's a form of creativity and there's a tangible product at the end. Not only that, most failures are still edible, even if they're not presentable to a larger public. Plus, the act of baking can be good for you. Imagine that!
I like cookies. I tend to do small cookies. There's less guilt eating one. The drawback is that often one isn't enough, and suddenly I've eaten five. On the other hand, small ones are good for sharing at gatherings, especially if I have more than one type of cookie. My current favorite is Brownie Batter Cookies, followed by Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. Rob's favorite is Biscotti. (Which reminds me - I need to make a batch of those soon.)
Evil Bars are my favorite; Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars if I'm looking for something more cake-like. Chocolate Party Squares are probably the oldest cookie recipe I have.
I had a round, pumpkin-shaped glass bowl from Pier 1 that I'd keep stocked up when the guys were coming over for Game Night. One of the first things that filled it were these chocolate caramel brownies affectionately Death Bars. (I know - I have strange names for my desserts). The bowl was known from that day forward as The Bowl of Death. Loved by everyone.
bake for breakfast.
I like quick breads - zucchini, pumpkin, date. Good for breakfast or with afternoon tea.
I really like Apricot Chocolate Ring. Not too sweet, goes well with tea or coffee. The biggest thing I miss not working in the office is Breakfast Club. I don't make this often - it's too big for two (it disappeared quickly when I brought it to work!).
Apple Sausage Pie. It's one of Rob's favorites, too. I make a squash galette that everyone loves at the Teas, as well.
I've been trying out yeast bread recipes in the last year or two. I like how it rises. I like how the dough is just slightly warm when I form it into loaves. And of course I love how the bread smells when it comes freshly baked from the oven. Who doesn't? Yum.
Hungry yet? Get baking! In the meantime, check out the other I Like posts at Not Afraid of Color. I'm also sharing with Little Things Thursday over at Random-osity.