Hey there…welcome to my kitchen!
I am so happy you found my little corner of the internet. Let me properly introduce myself…
I’m Heather. I’m a teacher, doggie mama, baker, photographer, and blogger. Believe it or not, I wasn’t always this passionate about baking. I actually grew up on a farm in upstate NY horseback riding and partaking in way too many barn chores. Sure I baked up chocolate chip cookies. Got a blue ribbon for my cornbread at the State Fair. But it wouldn’t be until some point in my early 20’s I discovered my love (dare say obsession?) of baking.
It was when I moved to Boston in 2009 and enrolled in recreational baking classes at Cambridge Culinary School that my love for baking really took off. And in 2011, I started Boston Girl Bakes in order to share my passion with the world. I knew that returning to culinary school was not an option. And I had been reading and following a bunch of food blogs. I loved the stories, the recipes, and of course the gorgeous photography. I wanted in on the action. So this blog was born.
Since then, I have had the privilege of working with some pretty cool national brands – Dove Chocolate, Quaker Oats, Reddi-Whip, International Delight…to name a few. I’ve even been featured in Country Living for these apple cider donuts!
As a self taught baker myself, I am hoping you find my blog as an inspiration and a resource to learn to bake from scratch with confidence. All of my recipes are made from scratch. I don’t believe in using a cake mix, or a tub of whipped topping. Maybe it’s the farm girl in me? With helpful tips, step by step photos, and some helpful baking 101 posts I am hoping my blog will give you the confidence to bake like a rock star.
If you are new to baking and want to learn more then you be sure to check out my Ultimate Baking Bootcamp online class I created.
I own about 100 cookbooks. Yes it’s true. Some may call it an obsession. I call it a passion. Some of the recipes on this blog may be from one of the many cookbooks – such as these Nutella Brownies – as I bake my way through them all. Some are original recipes like these funfetti cupcakes that I dreamt up in my kitchen.
Me With My #1 Taste Tester
What is your favorite thing to bake? That’s a tough one. But I’d have to say to bread! Have you tried my homemade bread recipe? It’s so easy and will disappear in your house quickly. I love that you are working with a live thing. It feels part magic, part science. And I feel like I can never stop learning something new when it comes to bread. Oh and eating it at the end ain’t too shabby either.
Do you take all of your own photos? I do! And it’s been quite a journey. I started by just using my phone camera. The photos have come a long way since then. I currently use a Canon 70D – with these three lenses – 50 mm/1.8, 35 mm, and my 60 mm macro. In fact I know offer food photography services. If you are a blogger, restaurant owner, or brand representative I would love to talk further with you! You can check out my food photography portfolio here.
How do you not weigh 300 pounds?! Trust me I eat my fair share of what I bake. I take that as true test I have a winner on my hands when I can’t stop myself from having a second (or third) serving. But for me it’s really about the process. Baking is a release for me. Oh and I also work out almost everyday to counteract all those calories eaten. It’s all about balance friend.
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