Fourth-grader Emma Hirsch is obsessed with baking. She likes the baking part but not cleaning up after, which distresses her parents to no end, but they do like eating what she makes. When Emma is not baking, she likes to read cookbooks and fantasy books, dance, and play with her two adorable dogs.

Afterthoughts on holiday baking

Emma was busy

January 4, 2010

This holiday season, I baked a lot.

Something I have learned is that who you are baking for matters. For example, you’re having a party. You make three dozen blueberry muffins, and nobody at the party likes blueberries but you. It just doesn’t work.

The holiday season is just like that. People are grumpy and tired and picky about what they are eating. Buying presents and making cards is tiring. You always need a batch of fresh-baked, warm cookies on hand.

The worst thing that I baked this holiday was probably the pumpkin pie that I poured way too much filling into. It wasn’t a disaster, just a little chaotic.

The best thing I baked this holiday were the three dozen sugar-cookie cutouts frosted with royal icing. The cookies had just enough butter and flakiness, and the icing looked perfect.

I also made four other pumpkin pies, a mixed berry cobbler, oatmeal cookies, banana bread, and chocolate-chip cookies. Oh, and banana muffins with mascarpone cream frosting.

I am a huge fan of banana.

A pumpkin pie that turned out well.

The muffins were amazing! Moist and perfect. If you would like to try them, check out the recipe — it’s a Giada De Laurentiis recipe on the Food Network’s website.

I feel annoyed because I have not yet had the time to actually try a loaf of bread. I have told many people I would, and I still haven’t. I feel like I am busy, but I’m not.

Thanks for reading this!

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1. by Marilyn Noble on Jan 4, 2010 at 11:19 AM PST

Way to go, Emma! And thank you for sharing your recipe.

2. by kelly on Jan 4, 2010 at 5:06 PM PST

Emma, not only are you already a seasoned and generous baker, but you sound like a sensitive observer of your guests. What a nice combination!

3. by TRISTA on Jan 5, 2010 at 3:16 PM PST

Your sugar cookies sound amazing! I also understand about being annoyed about not having made any bread yet. It seems like if I tell people I’m going to do something, I end up not doing it. Weird.

I look forward to more stories from you!

4. by anonymous on Jun 12, 2010 at 10:19 AM PDT

Your baking sounds awesome!!!! I would love to make banana muffins with you!

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