Monday, February 2, 2015

Following Instructions

I like to say I have a monkey see monkey do type of personality.  Others call it being a visual learner but potato potato, I learn by watching others.  One morning I watched my lola make top ramen.  The next week I was making it for my brother like every Saturday morning.  One day I watched my mom make adobo and now I'm pretty much a professional at making it.  Directions aren't for me. I mean Shane will tell me to make a left, and I will turn right because the person in front of me did it. One morning while making ramen, I decided to read the back.  2 cups of water blah blah, add noodles for 5 minutes in boiling water, then add the powder. Easy.  Didn't really need to read that. I'll let other people do reading. I learned most of all my basic crafts, knitting crocheting, sewing, by watching other people do it, then copying them. 

This weekend I actually followed some directions for once. I made the corn cookie from Momofuku Milk Bar. The last time I was in New York I bought the corn powder, from Milk Bar and I finally looked up the recipe and made it.  I first tried to find videos online of Christina Tosi making it.

Close enough.  But I actually followed the recipe using a scale. A scale!  There was a  10 minute creaming process and then scooping them and putting the dough in the fridge overnight.  And then baking them for over 18 minutes the next morning.  Then this beauty was born.

THIS IS A NEW EXPERIENCE FOR ME!  This is so perfect it's insane. And the taste? It's like crack so it was exactly like the original.  It was perfect crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. I wish I could send these out over the Internet.  I was so proud of myself. 

I know with baking you have to be exact and I think that is the hardest part for me. I don't measure out much of any ingredient when I cook. I feel it, smell it,and taste it.  I can easily adjust taste to how I like it.  With baking I have to trust that everything is correct and that the specific ingredients with specific measurements were chosen for a specific and scientific reason.  When someone says to turn right you turn right.  There are instructions you have to follow to get the results you want. I wanted perfect cookies and I got them. 
And now...

 Presents for everyone! 

You can find the recipe online here. Or you can find it in the book!

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