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.

One 9-year-old baker’s story

Meet Emma

September 24, 2009

People often say anyone can cook and bake. That has some truth.

I am nine (almost 10), and I love to bake. Making savory dishes are not my kind of thing. The reason I am so into baking is because it is something to do when you have so much on your mind you just need a break.

When I bake, I usually don’t eat it. I don’t like nuts, lemon, dried fruit, or oatmeal. I bring things over to neighbors, friends’ houses, my brother, or my teachers.

Every Sunday I get together with my two friends, Samantha and Kellie, and we have a bake sale. We plan it all week; we call each other and decide what to bake and when. We have made cookies, breads, cakes, and pies. It is pretty impressive; we make lots of money. One day we made $28! All three of us live right across the street from each other. We do the sale on the curb right next to my house. Samantha and Kellie are great bakers, and someday maybe we could open a bakery.

I select recipes that are easy and good, and pre-made mixes. (Those recipes are not from scratch.) A favorite ingredient of mine is egg: no measuring cups, they’re easy to crack, and I just love them! I love scrambled eggs with cheese and pesto, fried eggs, eggs sunny-side up, and boiled eggs.

Emma bakes cakes.

One of my favorite egg dishes is from How to Cook Everything (Completely Revised 10th Anniversary Edition), by Mark Bittman. It is called Quick and Easy Waffles. The recipe calls for three eggs to make two to four servings.

I am a fan of this particular cookbook because the recipes are clearly explained and quite easy, depending on the recipe. The baking recipes have variations, and they are clear to see. That is really helpful. Sometimes while looking in other cookbooks, for instance looking for cookie recipes, you tend to find sugar cookies but nowhere are classic chocolate-chip cookies.

Most recently, I made pumpkin muffins from The Church Supper Cookbook. I didn’t like them, because the texture was just too dry. When I make pumpkin bread, that also happens. I love baked goods with pumpkin, but this just really didn’t work.

I did make a loaf of banana bread, which I got from the Food Network. I loved it! (I make it without nuts.) If you would like the recipe, click here.

Thank you for reading this!

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1. by anonymous on Sep 24, 2009 at 4:06 PM PDT

woooooooohooooooooooo amazing article! this girl is the next food network star! incredible.

2. by Jon Clark on Sep 30, 2009 at 9:40 PM PDT

I love your writing! Keep up the good work and don’t forget to stop and enjoy the things that you bake.

3. by Patty Urbanick on Sep 30, 2009 at 10:26 PM PDT

i want to buy some.

4. by anonymous on Oct 21, 2009 at 8:20 PM PDT

Wow! I could never make dishes like you do. How many years have you been cooking? Maybe you should give cooking lessons. I would take them. Keep up the good work.

5. by anonymous on Oct 22, 2009 at 5:12 PM PDT

That Flan looks awsome. Keep up the good work!

6. by anonymous on Jul 18, 2010 at 9:53 AM PDT

Emma, your baking looks just amazing! I would love to try baking with you.
Thanks for the awsome recipe. They were yummy.

7. by anonymous on Feb 24, 2011 at 3:22 PM PST

OMG. you sound AMAZING. WOW.

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