Name: Christina | Location: Portland, OR | Blog: Toot Sweet
How did you get into baking?
Like plenty of women, I learned the basics of baking with my mother and my grandmother. As I got older and was able to experiment on my own, the obsession snowballed in my current life as a baker & blogger!
What do you love most about the baking process?
I am fascinated by how many different things can be made with the same set of ingredients – butter, flour, sugar, and a few other basics can be made into everything from cookies to cakes.
I’m always learning more about the science behind it, but when I first learned to bake it felt a little like magic!
What inspired you to start a blog?
My friends inspired me to start a blog after the hundredth time someone asked for a recipe I had made. Most of the time, I had adapted something of someone else’s or created the recipe myself, so it was never as easy as sending a link.
With a love for photographing my creations, starting a blog was the obvious next step in my baking adventures. I haven’t looked back since!
What recipe are you most proud of?
One of my most decadent treats ever is still one of my favorites – a brownie ice cream sandwich packed with homemade brown sugar vanilla ice cream and caramel.
Do you have a favorite ingredient that you like to use?
My two favorite ingredients are vanilla and whatever fruit is the ripest at the market at any given time. I love experimenting with different types of vanilla to find the best flavors. And nothing beats a perfectly ripe fruit – from peaches to berries to apples, I love them all.
What’s an ingredient that you’ve never used, but would like to try?
I spent some time in Ecuador some years ago and was lucky enough to help make panela, a simple form of brown sugar. I’ve used it as a basic sweetener, but currently have the itch to try baking with it!
Are there any lesser known brands or products that you enjoy using?
Do you have any advice for someone who is thinking about starting a blog?
Start slow! Blogging is a lot more work than a lot of people think it is, so it’s always better to start with a pace that you can handle. You can always pick up the pace once you’ve gotten a hang of things.
What type of gear/tools do you use for creating your blog posts?
I’m in love with my Nikon D610, with a small array of lenses. Other than the camera, Adobe Lightroom and Squarespace are my main tools.