Jul 15, 2010

Back to the Basics: Baking

By: Amy Atlas, in Behind The Scenes

Many people get confused about whether I’m a caterer/baker or a stylist/event planner. I’m really a home baker, but a stylist for my event business. When I first started creating my dessert tables as a hobby at my own parties, I was baking, crafting, sourcing the props, and putting it all together the day of. My friends out there reading this will remember it well because I’d ask them to help out. Well, maybe I didn’t ask…it was more like me dragging them out of their houses and forcing them to help! We’d be baking my then-famous (at least amongst my family and friends) cookie pops and cupcakes until the wee hours of the night. At the time, the concept of a stylized dessert table was novel and friends at my parties would flip over every detail. It was so fun working on every detail of the party. As my hobby grew into a business, I knew that in order to do it right, I couldn’t do it all and I decided to source the desserts for my tables. The truth is, I really do miss the baking. Yes, I bake a lot with my boys because they have inherited the Atlas sweet tooth, but with my busy schedule I haven’t been able to bake for one of my tables. This week, we’re going back to the basics because we’re doing a shoot where everything has to be baked by a home baker. It feels just like the good ‘ole days. In our kitchen, Lisa, Rachael and I have been baking simple, homemade goodies all week. We’ve had flour fights {picture flour smothered all over us}, fondue tastings {dipping pumpkin banana bread in melted valrhona – yes, it’s as good as it sounds!}, and we’ve rolled more cookie dough than Mr. Pillsbury himself {all while listening to great old school tunes in the background}. It’s been a nostalgic week and I’m happy that we had a chance to get back to the basics of baking this week.¬† What have you wanted to do, but couldn’t because of the hectic schedule of everyday life? We’d love to know!

In the meantime, here are some behind-the-scenes pictures of us in action….Have a sweet day!

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