You know the saying, “Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life”? I’m convinced Mark Twain traveled to the future, met Christina Tosi, and that’s how he came up with the saying. If you're unfamiliar with the self-declared Dairy Queen, and if you happen to be even slightly into sweets, then look her up right now. Christina Tosi is a world-renowned chef, a best-selling author, a judge on Masterchef, opens a new window, founder of Milk Bar, opens a new window, and became one of my favorite people during this shelter-in-place.
I've been a fan of Christina since I first stepped into a Milk Bar bakery (unfortunately they are only in NYC, DC, LA, Las Vegas, Boston, and Toronto) and took my first bite of their Compost Cookie…or was it their Cereal Milk Soft Serve…or might it have been their B’Day Cake Truffles? Either way, they're all delicious as is everything else on Milk Bar’s menu. Christina is a mastermind of sweets and truly seems to be having a really good time making her elaborate and unconventional creations.
And why has she become one of my favorite people these last few weeks? Because on March 24th, Christina decided to take baking matters into her own hands and started Bake Club, opens a new window. For about 45 minutes, at 11 AM PST, she goes live on her Instagram account, opens a new window and shares one of her amazing recipes while walking the viewers through the process. And the craziest part? She’s been doing this every single day, 7 days a week, and hasn’t missed a beat.
She's allowing all watchers inside her personal kitchen (which is pretty awesome to see), where her energy and enthusiasm is infectious and makes the day better. For those 45 minutes, it is clear to see why she's been so successful with her craft - she’s having a lot of genuine fun doing so. From her quirkiness to her informative baking science, Christina was made for this spotlight, and my taste buds greatly appreciate it.
One important thing to note about the recipes shared - she keeps ingredients simple and quarantine-sensible. Understandably, some ingredients are a bit hard to come by now, so she constantly gives alternative options and substitutions. She’ll give alternatives to all sorts of things such as flours, sugars, and oils, so everyone watching can participate and give the recipe their own spin.
To join Christina’s next Bake Club, you will need an Instagram, opens a new window account (which is free if you don’t have one), and you can find her account @ChristinaTosi, opens a new window. As I mentioned above, she goes live at 11 AM PST every day, but don’t worry if you can’t catch it - all of her Bake Club episodes are saved on her IGTV channel, opens a new window so you can watch anytime. And if you want to be ahead of the game, the night before each Bake Club, Christina posts an image on her Instagram of ingredients you will need for the next morning.
So dust off that mixer, gather the kids if they want to help, and hope you enjoy this as much as I do. Remember, wash your hands before you begin. 😉