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photo of hand holding a sliced baklava cruffin


Between you and me, I’ve been struggling to get again into the groove of issues since my trip final month to London, England. To be honest, it’s been wildly busy since then—one in all my good associates was on the town together with her husband, I caught up with an outdated professor of mine that I’ve been which means to see for years and years, and I’ve been managing contractors to take care of a leaky toilet in my home. I’ve additionally been on a farmer’s market kick (I swear, the season between summer time and fall is the perfect time for produce), visiting the Portland Farmers Market each Saturday to select up goodies (just like the baklava cruffin you see above from Twisted Croissant). It’s been arduous to seek out time to bake!

Moreover, I made a rapid journey to Bend, Oregon to talk at The Sugar Affiliation‘s fall board of administrators assembly. I used to be an attendee of one in all their farm excursions late final yr, and so they wished to listen to about my experiences on that journey.

I’m not going to lie—public talking has by no means been my forte, so I used to be dreading the speak. Nevertheless it ended up being SO. MUCH. FUN. All people within the room actually cherished seeing how their elements have been being utilized in the true world, and I had a blast introducing them to viral recipes (like Dalgona Espresso and Mini Pancake Cereal) on-line. It is best to’ve seen their faces after I described the most recent pattern, TikTok’s Butter Boards, lol.

And on a considerably associated observe, I’m working with them on one other enjoyable challenge:

You will discover extra particulars on this submit of mine:

In addition to their submit about it:

The competition ends on October seventh, and I’ll be selecting the winners shortly after that date. Good luck! The mixer is SO lovely, and I actually need one for myself. The copper mixinng bowl is 😍😍😍.

In Case You Missed It: New Recipes and Posts

Right here’s an inventory of every thing new on my completely different Hummingbird Excessive channels:

  • Selfmade Pizza For Date Night time (Watch solely on Instagram or TikTok)
    Breville lately despatched me their AMAZING Pizzaiolo pizza oven, and Erlend and I’ve been experimenting with tons of do-it-yourself pizzas. We’ve tried all kinds of unconventional toppings and bases, like utilizing pesto as a substitute of tomato sauce, or skipping all of it collectively to make a white pie. Nevertheless it seems I’m a traditionalist who likes crimson sauce and pepperoni pizza finest, welp.
  • Carrot Cake Recipe For 8-Inch Pan (Watch a video blurb of the recipe on Instagram or TikTok)
    This recipe is unique to my Patreon supporters. Study extra under!
  • The Greatest Buttermilk Substitutes in Baking (Watch a video blurb of the recipe on Instagram or TikTok)
    I made the identical chocolate cupcake recipe with actual buttermilk and two different buttermilk substitutes (lemon and milk, yogurt and water) to see if I may inform the distinction. Spoiler Alert: I COULD NOT. I used to be shook, as a result of I actually thought that actual buttermilk could be superior!!! However people are telling me I must attempt the recipe with biscuits, scones, and pancakes. What do you guys suppose?
  • Small Batch Chocolate Cupcake Recipe — Makes Simply One Cupcake! (Watch a video blurb of the recipe on Instagram or TikTok)
    My pal Molly Yeh’s new cookbook, House Is The place The Eggs Are, arrived final week! I used to be tremendous excited to see a small batch chocolate cupcake recipe within the ebook. In fact, I needed to make it so as to add to my assortment of small batch baking recipes.

Assist Me On Patreon

Growing and updating these recipes requires monetary assets from advertisements on my web site and paid partnerships with manufacturers. Sadly, due to the pandemic, many manufacturers have restricted their promoting budgets and cancelled sponsorship alternatives. So if you’ll be able to financially assist my work, please think about turning into a Patreon supporter. You’ll be able to study extra about why I made a decision to start out a Patreon on this far too emotional and confessional essay (lol).

Nonetheless, the TL/DR is that this: along with enabling me to maintain creating extra custom-made recipes suited to your wants, Patreon supporters assist form future recipes on Hummingbird Excessive. Patreon supporters get entry to unique recipes and Instagram Story tutorials like Small Batch Blueberry SconesVery Small Batch Yellow Sheet CakeSmall Batch Cinnamon Rolls, and extra.

Under are photos of the 2 hottest recipes from the month—Carrot Cake Recipe For 8-Inch Pan and The Greatest Buttermilk Substitutes In Baking—to encourage you:

hand holding slice of carrot cake over wire rack
a photo of three chocolate cupcakes made with different buttermilk substitutes sliced crosswise

Meals For Thought

This previous month, I additionally spent a LOT of time considering and studying about meals past the baking recipes you see on this weblog. Listed here are the concepts and points that resonated with me:

  • “The Countless Torment Of The ‘Recipe?’ Man” in The New York Instances. This text was DIVISIVE. It describes the phenomenon of individuals simply continuously commenting ‘recipe?’ on content material creators’ works, and the way that may really feel grating and dehumanizing should you’re on the receiving finish. However the reverse argument is that it’s a fast and simple option to present assist and drive engagement up for these creators’ works, and why share the picture on-line anyway should you refuse to share the recipe. So what do you guys suppose? 
  • “The Recipe Conference That Dooms House Cooks” in The New Yorker. J.J. Goode, the author of this text, is one in all my favourite cookbook authors. He helps well-known cooks write actually, actually detailed recipes for sophisticated dishes and methods…and struggles when he instructs individuals to “salt to style.” He says that’s a LOT to depart to the fingers of the typical residence prepare dinner, which I agree with! I at all times keep away from utilizing that form of language in my recipes. Admittedly, baking is extra prescriptive—you’ll be able to’t actually salt to style batters and doughs like you’ll be able to soup or salad, lol.
  • “The Nice Meals Instagram Vibe Shift” in Eater. Right here’s one other article from one other meals author I really like, Bettina Makalintal. She talks about how picture types on Instagram have shifted from being the curated, vivid aesthetic that I’m certain y’all are aware of from my weblog, to a extra informal, “laissez-faire” type. I truthfully get it, however I’m too set in my methods to make much more modifications. And truthfully, I’m too busy making an attempt to determine TikTok and Reels out as of late so as to add another factor to my plate!
  • “How Did Recipe Developer Develop into A Well-known Job?” in Gawker. Okay, this text is a number of months outdated however new-to-me. Any individual lately shared this wonderful Alicia Kennedy piece on burnout within the meals content material creation world, and I fell right into a gap studying all her work. She is so sensible and considerate, particularly in the case of the meals world. It was arduous to select an article of hers to share, however this Gawker one was notably related to you and me. It talks about how “skilled recipe developer” turned a fascinating career in the previous few years, what it truly takes to change into one, and the sure pitfalls you’ll be able to face as one.
photo of cookbooks on marble tabletop

New Cookbooks

We’re heading into a busy fall season of recent cookbooks, and I’ve already began getting some within the mail! Right here’s every thing I bought that I’m loving thus far:

Lastly, On A Lighthearted Word

How is all people feeling about TikTok as of late? I’m nonetheless meh on creating movies for the platform, however I actually love watching them (lol). Under are among the ones I saved to share with y’all. Additionally, please comply with me on TikTok so I can get to 10,000 followers and eventually qualify for the TikTok Creator Fund and receives a commission for my work! I’m so shut, lol.

That’s all for now, people. I hope you all are staying secure and wholesome! Please let me understand how you’re doing within the feedback under, and be at liberty to share the concepts and points which can be floating round in your heads, too.



Over the previous a number of years of working Hummingbird Excessive, I saved a vital facet of my life hidden from my readers: I had a full-time, extraordinarily demanding job within the tech world. In my debut cookbook, Weeknight Baking, I lastly reveal the secrets and techniques to baking scrumptious desserts on a good schedule.



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