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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

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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.

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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.

Emma’s bread

Some good, some not-so-good

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November 3, 2009

I have just finished making a New Mexican pueblo bread loaf from Williams-Sonoma. It turned out absolutely disgusting. It looked very rustic and was hard to cut. It tasted like I added way too much butter. It was very dense and heavy. It was fun to make, but hard to eat.

When I made this bread, I forgot to put in the yeast. But then later I added it (a little bit before I put it in the oven). The bread was sitting in a Ziploc bag for about a week. I had made two loaves so when we thew it away it was quite a waste.

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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

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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.

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