Forget strolling the mall for the perfect Valentine. It’s not there. If research matters in things of the heart, ours shows the top reason people bake is to treat someone they love in a special way. Hand-crafted, made-by-you, is the way to go. In the time you’d take to shop, create something one-of-a-kind instead.
1. Designer colored sugars for cookies and cakes.
Measure 1/3 cup sugar in several sealable plastic bags. Add one to 10 drops of a food coloring per bag and gently squeeze to blend. Combine two food colors to create designer colors such as peach (4 drops yellow/1 red), pink (1 drop red), aqua (3 drops blue/1 green), purple (3 drops red/2 blue), tangerine (3 drops yellow/3 red) and more!
Source: Baking with Friends, p.67. Order Baking with Friends here
2. Natural colored icing drizzle: Combine 2-4 Tbsp. thawed juice concentrate (cranberry, orange) with 1 cup confectioner’s sugar, 1 Tbsp. dried egg white, and ½ tsp. light corn syrup. Stir; thicken with confectioner’s sugar or thin with water as needed.
If you’d like to find out more information about Bake for Family Fun Month, or the Home Baking Association, go to www.HomeBaking.org.