A friend of mine recently suggested the possibility of setting up a booth at the local farmers’ market. So this got me thinking of what things I could possibly sell. Naturally, my thoughts turned to baking. Anyone who knows me well probably already guessed that. 🙂
For the past few days, I have been researching successful baking ventures, pricing, visiting area markets, and a plethora of other things. I have come to the exciting conclusion that this has the potential to be at least satisfyingly successful.
So here’s the plan… This will be a family venture. Each week, a different baked good will be chosen by each family member. The kids will contribute to the baking of their item, learning all of the fantastic things that baking teaches (math, chemistry, cooking…deliciousness) and having first-hand experience being a part of a business. What a great way for them to learn about the value of work and what money really is all about.
I’m so excited about the possibilities! No, I do not have any delusions of becoming rich off of this. I do, however, see it as a great little family business!
The first recipe I’m setting out to perfect is chocolate chip cookies. Simple…and a best seller! Who doesn’t love a good chocolate chip cookie, for Pete’s sake? My personal favorite recipe is Alton Brown’s “Chewy”. But I like a more toffee flavor to my cookie, so I tweaked the recipe a bit to suit my taste and used my homemade vanilla extract.
It’s seriously good batter. Which has to rest in the fridge for 12 hours so that the flour can absorb the egg and allow the cookie to bake around the edges before it spreads to far, keeping it chewy and delicious. I know you’re drooling already. I’ll keep you posted on the results once I bake them off tonight for dessert.