Something for the weekend… baking science

I really enjoy baking.  It’s fun, creative, relaxing and results in something delicious when you’ve finished, so what’s not to like?  I grew up in the US, so I specialise in cookies, though am looking forward to making some pumpkin pies for Halloween this week.  While I like to try different flavours, and go with ingredients that evoke the season (pumpkin and apple in autumn, for instance), I’ve never put a lot of effort into decorating.  The same cannot be said for Eat Your Heart Out at London’s Pathology Museum, where you can get lollies shaped like ears, cakes shaped like skinless human heads and even ‘lucky dip’ STI cookies.  I think it might be a bit much for me to stomach, but it’s a really cool idea and some amazingly accurate decoration.

If that’s a little too gory for your Halloween treat, but you’d still like a nice science-themed snack, you could try to make these gel electrophoresis or petri dish cookies from Not So Humble Pie.  While they’re in the oven, you can even check out this article to find out exactly what common ingredients do chemically when you add them to your dough.

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