Balancing school, work, family and other responsibilities can take a toll on our lives. Partaking in hobbies is a good way to unwind and destress. What’s a better way to take your mind off things than baking?  

In the HuffPost article,  Psychologists Explain The Benefits Of Baking For Other People, psychologist Pincus explains, “Baking actually requires a lot of full attention. You have to measure, focus physically on rolling out dough. If you’re focusing on smell and taste, on being present with what you’re creating, that act of mindfulness in that present moment can also have a result in stress reduction.”

Following a recipe keeps your mind on one track without worrying about anything else for a while. There are so many different recipes you can follow too. Some recipes are as simple such as box cakes, where you just add water, butter and eggs. Some recipes are more difficult such as, cream puffs or macarons. Depending on your mood and your cravings you can decide on whatever you want to make. Baking allows you to be creative whether it’s with decorating or experimenting with ingredients. 

When I bake I try to make desserts that I can’t buy easily or ones that I’ve never had before. Here I am making cookies with black sesame seeds.

roasted black sesame seeds

Black sesame seeds are often used in Asian cuisine. It is described to have a nutty flavor and it tastes stronger than white sesame seeds. Before use in baking, the seeds must be roasted. 

mix it all together

The seeds have a strong aroma. Throughout the whole baking process the scent always lingered.

dough

As you can see, the dough is a very gray color. It almost blends in with the bowl! Despite the use of black sesame seeds, the dough is very much the same texture as most cookie doughs.

Going into the oven

My favorite part of baking is watching the dough in the oven. That’s where the biggest transformation is.

Finished product!

In the end the cookies turned out pretty good!

Next time you want to take your mind off things for a short while or get creative, why not try baking? 

Link to the recipe I followed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFaLpijXt0Y

Source: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/baking-for-others-psychology_n_58dd0b85e4b0e6ac7092aaf8