PHOTO: Sophomore Malia Peris rolls out the dough to make the pie crust for her apple pie (Courtesy: M. Peris).
By Grace Kishiyama,
As the pandemic continues, students are finding new hobbies and rediscovering old hobbies they have forgotten. While some students are learning how to sew, embroider and craft, others are finding that baking is a great way to help fill the long days of quarantine.
Senior Jairi Diaz has been baking since she was in eighth grade.
“I started baking again out of boredom,” Diaz said.
Diaz finds baking to be “therapeutic.” She spends much of her time baking cupcakes, cakes and cookies. “My favorite thing to bake are cakes even though they take a lot of time, the end result is rewarding,” Diaz said.
“I don’t have much of a sweet tooth,” Diaz said. “Usually my mom and brother end up eating most of what I make.”
For now, Diaz has been baking cakes for her friends and family. She hopes to improve her cake presentation.
Another student that enjoys baking is sophomore Malia Peris.
“I first started getting into baking when I was 10 years old,” Peris said.
When Peris first started baking she often made mistakes measuring ingredients. “I was horrible at [baking],” Peris said.
Peris first learned how to bake to help her mom out in the kitchen. “I started off with Betty Crocker box cakes but even messed those up,” Peris said.
However, with more time throughout the years and extra time spent at home these past seven months, Peris has perfected her baking skills.
“As I’ve gotten older I’ve learned how to follow instructions,” Peris said.
Although Peris bakes a lot of pineapple upside down cakes, her favorite thing to bake is cookies. Peris’ mom has made her own pineapple upside down cake recipe, inspiring Peris to come up with an original recipe of her own.
Peris also wants to create her own cookie recipe said, which is not working out so far.
“My first cookie recipe tasted like sand,” Peris said.
She will continue to perfect her cookie recipe until it meets her standards.