To know me is to know that I like to bake. The vacations are my Tremendous Bowl, and I lean exhausting into packages like The Nice British Baking Present and Barefoot Contessa. Stella Parks’ BraveTart: Iconic American Desserts and Mary Berry’s Baking Bible maintain delight of place on my kitchen cabinets. And when my trusty 14-year-old KitchenAid stand mixer bit the mud this summer season after eking out one final batch of dough for challah (a quarantine baking undertaking), I cried.
For me, baking is second solely to remedy in the way it relieves stress. It is exhausting to really feel unhappy when your kitchen smells like birthday cake and rainbow sprinkles are strewn about, and there is one thing soothing about unlocking a springform pan to disclose an ideal cheesecake. Braiding that challah dough, fastidiously twisting ropes of soppy dough over one different, felt like meditation.
That is a sense I wish to return to right this moment, election day. It doesn’t matter what aspect of the aisle you are on, I believe we will all agree that this election cycle—and 2020 normally—has been terrible. So, as we come to the tip of each, I give you a recipe that is each the final word consolation meals and an train in getting out your emotions: Sarah Kieffer’s Pan-Banging Chocolate Chip Cookies.
The cookies are scrumptious—crispy-edged and wrinkly, with a smooth, gooey middle and puddles of chocolate—and, because the identify suggests, they require you to bang a sheet pan down in your range or oven rack a number of instances to get them to unfold out into large discs. It is the baking model of these medicine-ball slams you do on the health club—and in a quiet kitchen, the sharp metallic rattle of the pan-bang virtually looks like an act of insurrection. These cookies are making their voices heard.
Get the recipe here.