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I am only

          I am only 11 yrs. old and I am very interested in baking breads and other things. When I am older I would like to become a lawyer and then own a bakery shop. But I would like to ask people's opinion if  I am out of my league.


fancypantalons's picture

Out of your league in trying to bake bread?  Honestly, I don't think so.  Basic bread requires only a few things:  flour, yeast, salt, water, and some muscle.  Aside from that, the hardest part is being patient for the bread to rise! :)

I do think you'll want some help learning the process, but this sounds like a great activity for you and your mom and/or dad to learn together!  'course, I'd also never suggest using the oven without supervision (I was using the stove at your age, but I also nearly started a kitchen fire while frying bacon :).

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   Thank you for your answer. I really do love baking and like you said it is very easy.

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I for one believe that you are entirely IN your league.  At 11 you will hear this more than once but you have your entire life ahead of you.  The biggest key to happiness that I hear from other adults is to figure out what you love and then get a job doing something relating to that thing.


If you have made bread/cakes/cookies before and you truly enjoy the time you spend making these treats as well as the eating them part than you'd be very wise indeed to take the time you have now and learn to bake.  It is a skill to be sure but just as much an art form; equal parts chemistry, biology, and passion make the best bread.


It is equally important to note that not everyone figures out their life's work at such a tender age.  (heck, I'm 36 and I'm still not sure I've got it right)  The important thing is that you learn to do as much and as many things as interest you.  Learn to bake, sit in on real court proceedings, shadow a lawyer, play cricket, make buildings out of toothpicks......The more you do as a young human being the more you'll have to draw from when you need to "pick" your vocation.


Another good thing to remember; just because you pick a job DOESN'T MEAN you have to do that job FOREVER.  A comedian has a joke about this that makes me think...."You know why adults ask children what they want to be when they grow up don't you?  They're looking for IDEAS!"


My $.02,




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         Thanks for your reply and I will learn more about baking and think about what I want to do when I grow up.

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You sound like a very interesting young'un.  Your two ambitions are so very different, but you can achieve them both, maybe even practicing both at the same time somehow.

Aleigha, I've reviewed your postings so far and wonder what you've done.  You said you were going to try the eclairs.  Did you?  How did they turn out?  Tell us about some of your other bread/baking adventures.  What have you made so far?  Who is going to be working with you?

I'm looking forward to hearing more from you.