Off-late, have you seen a change in your Insta feed? Travel photos, dining, couple goals, and all other Insta worthy pics are gone, and something unique has taken over. Yes, you got it right – it’s the baking. Instagram now has over 23,346,502 posts with #baking. So why, exactly, is baking taking over?
One apparent reason can be that with everyone trapped at home & with the right amount of time to kill, it’s baking that is keeping them occupied. However, there can be more to this. Karen Bates, who is working on a master’s degree at Royal Roads University in environmental education, and studies the relationship between traditional skills and resilience, says, “We might be witnessing a real-time immersion in how we feel about food during economic transitions.”
“There seems to be a shared cultural value around cooking, baking that is coming out now — it’s normally buried in our busy economic, industrial society,” she said.
“And then there’s that survival aspect —we realize we’re not masters of this earth, there’s this little virus that can take us all down, and how do we reconnect with being part of natural living systems? Cooking [is] one of those things that connect us to natural living systems. Food is one of those things that connect us to the earth.”
So let’s get down to baking and check out some amazing posts from the Instagram feed.
7 hand-picked baking posts from Instagram
Coffee cinnamon cake by theresa_aycho_cooking
Nutty banana cake by elaineadeltolenada
Lemon drizzle cake by supergolden88
Cookies with jam by sitharie4
Eggless pineapple sponge cake by pash_1228
Oreo pond cake by charissasygoh
Baking is an art & the more you practice; you get perfect in it. Here’s an easy recipe for beginners to get started.
Recipe for Easy Butterless Sponge Cake
3/4 cup of all-purpose flour or refined wheat flour
3/4 cup powdered sugar
5 drops of Vanilla essence
2 pinch of baking powder
How to Make Butterless Sponge Cake?
Sieve the flour into a bowl and keep aside
Add eggs, sugar, vanilla, salt, and baking powder in another bowl and beat well till light and foamy.
Mix the flour into this batter
Grease the baking tray with some butter or oil & pour in the mix.
Preheat the oven at temp 400 F / 204 C
Put the baking tray inside the oven. Maintain the same temperature and bake for about 15 mins.
Insert a toothpick or fork to check the cake. If it comes out clean, it is.
Here’s some tips and tricks for the perfect cake:
1. Butter is an essential ingredient. Ensure the butter is at room temperature.
2. Do not fret at the last moment. Have your ingredients ready and handy.
3. Precision is the key. Keep measurements as per the recipe.
4. Mix your ingredients well, allowing the mixture to get some air.
5. Avoid using eggs straight from the refrigerator, all ingredients should be at room temperature.
7. Butter or oil the baking pan properly
8. Insert a toothpick into the cake to check
9. Let your cake cool before you set it on a plate.
Happy cooking and baking.
Post your quarantine baking & tag us @rehlatcom on Instagram, we promise to get it included in the blog.