So lately I have been on a baking frenzy. Ironically enough I do not have much of a sweet tooth, so I never actually eat what I bake. So for the past 2 weeks I have been lugging my baking experiments to work and the gym. Then I did the unthinkable. I made the decision to ask people what they thought of my desserts. This was a tough decision for me to make because I am quite protective of my cooking. And maybe a little insecure. I guess when you love to do something so much you do not want someone telling you that you suck at it. Oh, and I also do not like criticism. Whether it be positive or not. Yet I found myself stressing to those trying my desserts that I wanted their honest opinion because my goal was to improve my baking skills.
So how has this honesty thing been going so far? Let me give you an example.
A friend made an order for a dozen cookies and she planned to bring these cookies to a meeting. After her meeting I asked her what she and her friends thought of the cookies.
“The butterscotch cookies were the most popular…and one friend thought that the dark chocolate chip and white chocolate chip cookies were too sweet…and one friend mentioned that they could have been softer…”
What went through my mind after hearing her response…
“What the hell! First of all, you ASKED for two types of chocolate chips! You wanted a chocolate chip overload! And not soft enough! This is not a flan! They are cookies! Oh what the hell would you know, I can’t even be sure I can trust your palettes…”
What I actually said….
“Aww thanks for the feedback. I really appreciate it!”
Had a similar experience cooking some brownies for Mrs P’s birthday work shout. One of the managers said “Thanks for the brownies, I thought they were a bit sweet though.”
Yo buddy if you do like sweet don’t go eating brownies. If you’re going to eat some free sweet brownies, how about just saying thank you.
I mean, I’m a sucker for cookies that are crunchy around the edges and soft in the middle, but for free? For free? Don’t look a gift cookie in the chips.
Actually, it would depend a lot on what you were aiming for. I like my cookies to be soft — softer the better, almost (but not quite) falling apart. But I know some people like crunchy cookies. And I know many people who like their cookies sweet and exploding with chocolate chips, while the same cookies will be WAAAAY too sweet for me. You really can’t please everyone, you just have to find what works for you.
I don’t have much of a sweet tooth either! Whenever I bake, I pawn it off to friends and family. Where have you been? You haven’t posted for a while!!
HI!!! I was on vacation. I went to NYC and Miami. I just got back. 🙂 I am dying to bake again….and give it away. 😉
Yaaay! Hope you had a nice trip. (Super jealous that you got to go to NYC). Have exams now, so I’m not posting for 2 weeks… 😦 (I’m procrastinating now, can you tell?)
So you are not posting….just creeping…MMMmmm very smart! LOL. Shame on you! Get back to work! Oh, and yeah. NYC and Miami were awesome. Ohhh the food. YUM! 😉