Tell your favorite baking memory (salt instead of sugar, anyone?) on the Rodelle Organics Facebook page, and you could win a year's supply of their yummy organic baking ingredients ... plus a KitchenAid Mixer.
When the days turn crisply cool and the leaves start to fall, I get the urge to bake. This is odd because I’m actually a terrible baker. I love to cook because I consider most recipes merely guidelines; I can substitute this for that, or change an amount of an ingredient based on my mood or what I have in my pantry or fridge.
But baking is a science: Proportions, measurements, cooking times and temperatures all matter. For an inspiration-based (OK, maybe sloppy) cook like me, that spells collapsed cakes, runny cookies, dense muffins. I have to follow the instructions exactly, which stresses me out a little. Even so, during the fall and through the holidays, I do it, because I absolutely love the smells and tastes of those foods in my home.
Like all cooking, what matters most is the quality of your ingredients. I love Rodelle Organics vanilla beans and extract, baking cocoa, vanilla sugar, and extracts of almond, lemon, and anise for their delicious taste, commitment to organic and responsible sourcing, and the company’s partnership with Trees, Water & People in Uganda, bringing fuel-efficient stoves to better the lives of farmers there.
Rodelle is now sponsoring their annual Challenge on Facebook: All you have to do is post your favorite baking moment (whether a triumph or a disaster!), with photos or video if you like, on the Rodelle Facebook page, and you could win one of three grand prizes: a KitchenAid Mixer and a yearlong supply of their baking ingredients. Enter from now through December 25; winners will be announced New Year’s Day, 2012. Sweet!