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April 18, 2024 3 min read

The aroma of freshly baked bread wafting from the oven, the sight of plump berries nestled in a rustic lattice pie crust – these are the sensory delights that define cottagecore baking. 

More than just satisfying your sweet tooth, it's about slowing down, nurturing creativity, and sharing the fruits (or should we say berries?) of your labor with loved ones.

Embrace the Ritual

Cottagecore baking is an experience, not just a chore.  Gather your ingredients, many of which could be homegrown or locally sourced, and turn on some calming music.  Set the mood with vintage teacups, a well-worn recipe book, and a sprinkle of flour on the counter.  Embrace the mess – it's all part of the process!

Classic Cottagecore Treats

Now, let's delve into some quintessential cottagecore bakes that are sure to become favorites:

  1. Buttery Scones:

These melt-in-your-mouth delights are perfect for a leisurely afternoon tea.

  • Ingredients: All-purpose flour, cold butter, sugar, baking powder, salt, egg, heavy cream, (optional: dried fruit, chocolate chips)
  • Instructions: Combine dry ingredients. Cut in cold butter using a pastry cutter or your fingertips until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Whisk together egg and cream, then add to the dry ingredients until just combined. Gently fold in any optional mix-ins. Pat dough into a circle, cut into wedges, and bake until golden brown.
  1. Rustic Berry Pie:

This quintessential summer dessert showcases the beauty of seasonal fruits.

  • Ingredients: Pie crust (homemade or store-bought), mixed berries (fresh or frozen), sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, butter, egg (for egg wash)
  • Instructions: Prepare your pie crust. Combine berries, sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice. Fill the pie crust, dot with butter, and create a lattice crust or top with a full crust, cutting slits for venting. Brush with egg wash and bake until golden brown and bubbly.
  1. Hearty Sourdough Bread:

There's something deeply satisfying about baking your own bread.  Sourdough, with its tangy flavor and rustic crust, is a perfect cottagecore choice.

  • (Note: Creating a sourdough starter requires planning ahead. You can find many online resources for detailed instructions)
  • Ingredients: Active sourdough starter, water, bread flour, salt
  • Instructions: Combine starter, water, and flour. Autolyse (let it rest) for 30 minutes. Incorporate salt and knead the dough until smooth and elastic. Bulk fermentation (first rise) followed by shaping and proofing (second rise) are essential steps. Bake in a Dutch oven for a perfect crust.

Beyond the Recipes

These are just a starting point – the beauty of cottagecore baking lies in its flexibility.  Experiment with different flavors, incorporate seasonal fruits and herbs, and don't be afraid to get creative!

Presentation Matters

Once your treats are golden brown and fragrant, take a moment to appreciate them.  Present them on a vintage cake plate, dusted with powdered sugar, or nestled in a wicker basket lined with a linen napkin.

Sharing the Bounty

Cottagecore baking is about community.  Invite friends and family over for a tea party, bake treats for neighbors, or simply enjoy a slice with a loved one.  Sharing your creations adds another layer of joy to the experience.

So, preheat your oven, gather your ingredients, and embrace the magic of cottagecore baking.  It's more than just creating delicious treats – it's about slowing down, nurturing creativity, and savoring the simple pleasures in life.

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