I love to bake too. I mainly bake bread, I make all the bread we use. I haven't perfected bun making yet so I still purchase hotdog and burger buns. It is a perfectionist thing really, they taste good but they don't look like the store bought ones.
But making bread helps me with that need to bake feeling. Since it is something we use all the time I have to make 12 loaves at a time, but if your need to bake is constant then baking smaller batches would be best.
If you break down and bake something sweet then bring it to work to share with everyone or give it away to an elderly neighbor or share with other new moms. Maybe if you have a big freezer then put half of it in there once cooled, I find we eat things slower if I freeze them. Last summer I went crazy trying to find ways to use up some of the fruit I bought, I made pies, quick breads, muffins and put them all in the freezer. Since the pies need to be cooked I don't bake them as often, the quick bread gets eaten as I pull it out and slice it, the muffins didn't have a chance once DS realized that a frozen muffin was defrosted by snack time in his lunch bag.
Also healthy up your baked goods. I use half whole wheat flour in anything that doesn't have to be white (pie crusts, shortbread cookies and one other thing but I can't think of it right now), the family doesn't even know they are eating half whole wheat flour in muffins, cakes and cookies. I have even done 100% whole wheat in baked goods at work (I am a school cook) and the kids still gobble it up. Hubby thinks I have whole wheat flour around for my Multigrain Bread I make.
For me, a baker's worst nightmare is that I'm not allowed to bake anymore. I'm a stay at home mom to a beautiful 7 month old midget and a 4 year old stepson. somehow in those 7 months, I have ballooned up to 264.4 pounds. When my husband and I met at work 2 years ago I was closer to 170. I guess that's what I get fo marrying a baker and cook. Or maybe its this undeniable happiness?
Who am I kidding? Its the food.
So now, I am grounded from baking, hubs has packed on a few pounds too, until we get ourselves back in order. It sucks. I miss baking so much. But if we want to live a long life with our children its for the best... even if I do have a brand new springform pan that needs to be broken in properly with a devils food cheesecake.
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