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    Why does baking seem harder than cooking?

    When I talk about baking, I am referring to bread, cookies, pastries, and general dessert goods like cakes and pies.

    It seems like baking is a lot harder than say cooking a dinner meal that involves meat, veg, and a side of rice or mash. I can't tell you guys how many times I messed up making cakes, cookies, and now bread. lol I attempted to make my own loaf and it did not go to plan.

    Is baking actually harder or am I just that bad at it?

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    I can't really do any of the things you listed so maybe I'm the wrong person to respond but my wife makes bread and she doesn't have any trouble with it. She has a bread machine, but she only uses it for mixing the ingredients and kneading the dough, she doesn't use it for the baking portion. I can heat up canned vegetables, grill some types of meat until they're edible, and use a rice maker. Beyond that it all seems pretty difficult to me.
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    I can't remember the last time I baked. If it's beyond simply "a meal", or anything fancy, I find it too much effort. It seems that the only way I'll ever have fancier food is finding a wife because I've never taken much interest in cooking.

    I think a lot of guys don't really know how to cook anything beyond the basics. I don't talk about it very often, because who talks about something they're admittedly bad at? There was this Italian guy in my university hall. He did all the cooking and he did all the baking, and he wanted YOU to know all about it. He seemed to find both rather easy.

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    Hi! Im super into baking but cant do it in my current situation! Baking just requires the strictest of ingredients, time, and work, atleast with bread. Every loaf is gonna be different, with different requirements and it aleays just takes practice. The book Salt, Water, Flour, Yeast helped tons with this part for me. It goes back to the roots and shows how the ingredients interact with each other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mantis View Post
    I can't remember the last time I baked. If it's beyond simply "a meal", or anything fancy, I find it too much effort. It seems that the only way I'll ever have fancier food is finding a wife because I've never taken much interest in cooking.
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    I blame sugar for the reason why baking is so difficult to get right. Outside of sweet recipes, sugar has relatively limited applications. Sugar can scorch easily in a saucepan when there's not enough water. Everyone knows what sugar tastes like so it's hard to mask it. It's rough.

    That being said, baking is more rewarding when you get it right, and the skills learned in baking high-maintenance dishes definitely translate into more generic cooking. It was an ordeal when I made bread from scratch for the first time, but it changes your outlook on life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mantis View Post
    I can't remember the last time I baked. If it's beyond simply "a meal", or anything fancy, I find it too much effort. It seems that the only way I'll ever have fancier food is finding a wife because I've never taken much interest in cooking.

    I think a lot of guys don't really know how to cook anything beyond the basics. I don't talk about it very often, because who talks about something they're admittedly bad at? There was this Italian guy in my university hall. He did all the cooking and he did all the baking, and he wanted YOU to know all about it. He seemed to find both rather easy.
    I guess unless you go to school for it or have a parent teach you young, you won't know. My dad is a registered chef, the highest grade you can get to (at least when he was still doing school, he did it into his 40's) and my mom learned her cooking and baking from my grandmother who was Italian, ironically enough and did everything from scratch. But for me... By the time I came around, my mom was doing simple meals that are boxed, bagged, or thrown together in 5 minutes and she didn't really teach me how to cook anything. I only learned when I decided to become a vegetarian and she refused to support it. So I ended up learning how to make vegetarian meals and ended up not knowing how to cook meat. lol

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