I thought I’d start out by providing the baking philosophies of culinary experts. And who better to start with than my own teacher–my mom? Here’s what she had to say:
“Sweet treats should be prepared with quality ingredients (not a good time to cut costs or calories, in my opinion), include unexpected layers of flavor, and should be served up as freshly as possible. What’s not to love??”
Isn’t she a genius?
My mom and I both tend to stay away from the low-fat renditions of our favorite baked goods. Why eat a nasty cardboard cookie when you can have one really decadent, worth-it chocolate chip wonder? Rich foods are way more satisfying, and make the slaving-over-a-hot-stove time really worth it. All this in moderation, of course.
And freshness, of course, is everything. My mom is known to rush-deliver a box of cookies to me just so that they arrive still chewy.