What Are Your Baking Hang-Ups?

This time of year is the high point of baking. Thanksgiving pies, holiday cookies and cakes, dessert buffets, potlucks, and cookie exchanges — this is the time of year that the oven is on all day! Do you look forward to this with delight or with dread? Does baking fill you with joy, or does it add extra pressure? Do you have particular hang-ups when it comes to holiday baking? Here's mine...

I know it's silly, but I do feel pressure about pies. I feel like they are often the centerpiece of the holiday table, and mine turn out so, um, rustic and lumpy-topped, that my vanity motivates me to skip them for other things, like cake or pretty frosted bars. I just often lack the time and patience to go slow and make a really pretty pie crust!

What about you? Do you have any hang-ups about baking around the holidays? Or this the most glorious time of year for you and your oven?

Related: How to Make an Easy Cream Cheese Pie Crust

(Image: Emma Christensen)

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.