Thanks to the Get Back To Scratch movement, I've discovered an online world of passionate food artists. I visit anonomously in the middle of the night and am awed by their work.
There are some amazing bakers out there. Many one-person shops that bake from shared kitchens or their homes, take online orders, or sell at local farmer's markets. They are incredible artists, and extremely passionate about their baking. These are real people, local treasures, and inspiring individuals.
I follow several of them; here are a few of my favorites.
Sugar Tooth Bakery, a.k.a. Meghan. You gotta love her, she was our main competition in the Signature Scratch Item Contest, and named her new mixer after me. She makes beautiful and edgy sweets for vegans and folks with food sensitivities in Austin, Texas; I'm sure there are many people in Tuscaloosa who would love for her to be within shopping distance. These are her Sesame Street cupcakes. She has a great website, but I follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
Southern Scratch, a.k.a. Kathryn and Reid, and their brand new baby, Josephine. They live on a farm in Washington, Georgia and bake for private events and the Washington Farmers' Market. I get hungry reading detailed descriptions of the yummy comfort foods Kathryn makes for her husband and their customers. She has also has a webpage and blog, but the best place to follow her is on Facebook. Here it's not so much about the photos, but the vivid descriptions of her food.
Les Pop Sweets, a.k.a. Elizabeth, makes cake pops in South Orange County, California. Beautifully decorated cake pops. She's just getting started and is incredibly fresh and candid with her discoveries and accomplishments. Also on Facebook.
Bake at 350, a.k.a. Bridget, is one of those overachievers that you just have to love. The best place to follow her is the blog, beautifully designed and chock full of lovely photos of cookies. I found it searching for images of cookies and visit for sheer cookie envy. They are NOT part of the Get Back To Scratch movement.
These are just the tip of the iceberg, what baking blogs, facebook pages or websites inspire YOU?