Brianna Dees, Writer

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Baking, a wonderful occupation to engage in, has so many techniques and skills, so many tastes, and so many colors. If a person likes sweets or even loves different flavors, then maybe he or she has a passion for art and loves food.

Bakers cooks food by using prolonged dry heat, normally in an oven, but can also achieve excellent results in hot ashes or on hot stones. Although bread ranks as the most common baked item, still culinary artists bake many other types of foods. Heat gradually transfers from the surface of cakes, cookies, and bread to their center.

Many ingredients in baking include flour, baking soda, butter for bread, and for sweets, cooks use ingredients such as sugar, vanilla extract, cocoa powder, powdered sugar, chocolate chips, vegetable oil, and evaporated milk. So many ingredients blend well together and this recipe makes both the delicious sweet and slightly sweet treats.

The world’s oldest oven discovered in Croatia in 2014 dated back 6500 years ago. The Ancient Egyptians baked bread using yeast, which they previously used to brew beer. Bread baking began in Ancient Greece around 600 BC, leading to the invention of enclosed ovens.

The ancient Greeks used simple ovens for making bread and other baked goods. The first written historical record of an oven refers to one built in 1490 in Alsace, France.

Baking over the years has evolved in so many different directions from bread to cake to brownies, and also cookies all baked to perfection. A cookie, for example, has a crunchy edge and a soft chewy center which many people find quite delightful.. If a person wants a cookie, but does not want to make an entire batch, he or she can make one in a microwave in a mug.

One recipe states: mix melted butter, white sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla together in a microwave-safe mug; add flour, baking powder, and salt, and mix thoroughly. Stir chocolate chip into the doughy mixture until combined. Cook in microwave oven until it produces a cookie-like texture, and in about one minute, a chef has created a remarkable snack.

Baking does not have to only give pleasure at home.  If a person wants to sell his or her baked goods, he or she can pursue baking as a career by opening a business, such as a pastry shop,  doughnut shop, or a person can open a bakery that has all sweet treats such as cake, cookies, brownies, and even cupcakes.

Food lover, baking brings pleasure at home or even a career. Want something sweet? Go to the kitchen make a whole batch of cookies or make a mug cookie for one person with only one dish to clean up.

Baking, an artistic career that has spread all around the world with colors, textures, and flavors, interests many future entrepreneurs. People learn new techniques and/or new skills on how to change or update their sweets.

Whether a person attends a party, cooks at home, or even thinks about opening a bakery, baking stands as an exquisite art to pursue as a career or a true hobby at home!

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