Baker’s Block


Confession:  I have baker/blog writer’s block.

It all started after I used the last of my fancy cocoa powder on a ill-fated chocolate cake experiment.

Now I’m just staring down my butter and sugar…

It’s a staring contest and they’re totally winning.

Maybe I need to drink more coffee.  Maybe I need to stop trying to make myself chocolate cake for dinner.  Maybe I should just go buy a pound of bacon and see where it takes me.  Maybe I should stop watching The Real Housewives of DC because it’s rotting my brain.  Maybe I should get a puppy.

Maybe you can help.  What’s in your baker brain?  Let’s see if we can’t make whatever that is come out of my kitchen.

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283 thoughts on “Baker’s Block

  1. I thought writers block was impossible for you, joy!

    I’ve been stuck on Mexican food, lately. So that’s what’s been going on in my kitchen…I know you specialize in sweet treats, but maybe this comment will leave you thinking about Pan Dulce, and Tres Leches….

    Or Bacon, wonderful, savory bacon.

  2. yellow cake! pineapple upside down cake! tres leches cake! lemon cake!
    you know i love me some chocolate but there’s so much MORE out there!
    ps…longtime lutker. LOVE your red velvet cupcakes!

  3. Joy,

    Breathe in, breathe out. :)

    Here’s a bunch of things I’m DYING to bake, but will not till I hit a certain goal weight. (I lie, I made these once already. Last year. Ate the whole batch. True story (as you would say).

    Or, if you have a good recipe, make Pumpkin pie. I’ve never had any. The pictures alone will make me happy. :)

  4. Me? Inspire you????? I wouldn’t even know where to begin… How about with the three batches of Peanut Butter Bacon cookies that I literally just finished baking… Then there was the Avocado Pound Cake last week. And though it was my grandma’s recipe instead of one of yours, I made four apple pies this weekend. FOUR. I’ve only been reading your blog for a few weeks, and I can’t stay out of my kitchen…

    Thanks to you.

    Well, I was looking at your gorgeous heirloom tomatoes, and thinking how lovely a nice piece of Focaccia bread would go with it. Pizza? Focaccia? Amish Friendship bread? I don’t know… that’s why you have the baking blog and not ME.

    Good luck Joy. Can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

  5. My husband’s work has “Pumpkin Day” the first of October every year. I need to make something soopa good to show off my mad (glad?) baking skills. Anything pumpkin that can be easily transported.

    Oh, and when you do the post say “punkin” once cause it’s cute. Once is good :)

  6. Well, I’m poor as all get-out, so all I can’t actually make anything. Probably for a few months. At least. That’s pretty depressing.

    Anywho! When I’d get baker’s block, I’d go to Tastespotting ( and look at what’s happening there. I have a whole bunch of things favourited that I’m too freakin’ poor to make – I want sugar doughnut muffins! Woe is me! Tastespotting is handy.

  7. Pumpkin is all I can think about this week, despite the fact that is’ 90 degrees here. I’m ready for Fall and all the wonderful holidays that come with it. Halloween + Thanksgiving, of course they would be eating holidays :)

  8. I have a bunch of ripe peaches to use and a bunch of homegrown tomatoes…help! I can’t let them go bad before I use them. Plus, I’m holding on to summer as long as I possibly can. :(

    1. My brother made this amazing homemade bruschetta the other day. It was to die for and was the perfect summer treat :) I think he said it was out of the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. Don’t ever let homegrown tomatoes go to waste!

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