Rant: Holiday Baking
Doing holiday baking is almost impossible when there is no “regular” vanilla (butter flavoured and lemon flavoured I could find no problem), no brown sugar, no molasses, icing guns are few and far between, food colouring is only found in the third grocery store you look in and the measuring amounts are completely different. Try making Gingerbread people in these conditions! Argh!
They don’t have molasses, they have melasse which tastes an awful lot like molasses, but you can put it on bread like honey. So I’m going to use that and see what happens. But I’ll tell you: when I tried the batter, it was not what I expected. I’m not suprised though, I also had to use regular sugar as I couldn’t find dark brown sugar (or light brown sugar for that matter).
You know how in Canada you can buy a 10 kg package of flour you hoist up on one shoulder? The largest size package they carry here is (that you can buy in a grocery store) is 1 kg. I’m not even exaggerating. How can a country that has amazing bread at every corner, only carry 1 kg packages of flour? I guess no one here is making their own bread. Or baking full stop.
They do sell cookie cutters though, that I know. So they must know what a homemade cookie here is. Unless, those are actually decorations for the tree, and everyone here thinks I’m crazy for using them to make cookies with.
Ok, life could be worse. But for a country that has baked goods (croissants, black forest cake, almost any pastry you can imagine, etc…), I don’t understand how anyone could bake a cookie here. Nevermind that baking powder is also almost obsolete.
Je ne commend pas Switzerland. Remind me never to do holiday baking here again.
I guess there’s one thing that good though: less intake of calories if I can’t bake!!