the great thing about baking-my favourite thing about baking-is the precision… if you’re not precise you will fail. the bread will not rise. but it’s ok, the next time you will watch your yeast, measure it properly and ensure the exact yeast to flour ratio. innovation in baking is about decorating but the foundations are always the same: 3 eggs, 2 cups of all purpose or unbleached or whole wheat or whatever you need flour, 2 tbsp of butter and 1/3 of a cup of brown sugar. shortbread has more butter but it’s always the same. Even your grandmother’s recipe was someone’s before that.

but people aren’t like that. there are no simple proportions and no easy rules. if the bread won’t rise it’s not always so easy to see where you went wrong. measure all you like and you still might make a mistake.

truck driving is the same. there’s a comfort in speed limits.