Plenty of people are heeding warnings from the government and public health officials to stay home as much as possible to try to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing is hugely important, but as a result, many people have a lot more time on their hands. And that could mean more time watching TV or vid-chatting with friends for some, but for others, it means time to get into some serious baking.
Yes, Twitter is currently flooded with tweets from people who are sharing their “quarantine bakes.” And it seems people fall into a few distinctive camps.
Fresh produce doesn’t last forever. Thankfully, some of it can be converted into yummy treats. Evidence:
Quarantine baking day #1: banana bread pic.twitter.com/3Trt7itZLt— Erin Brantmayer (@embrantmayer) March 16, 2020
Bakers Who Need A Distraction
The world is a stressful place right now, and it can be a tough thing to cope with. Some bakers are firing up the oven merely as a way to distract themselves from everything that’s happening in the outside world.
day three of quarantine is hitting me hard ive already started baking pic.twitter.com/SQ59eccp9m— MonsterMayo (COMMS OPEN) (@Monster_Mayo) March 16, 2020
By the way, it totally makes sense. Some experts believe that creative hobbies like baking can have a positive impact on your mental health.
Bakers Who Just Want Something To Do
You can only watch Netflix for so long and, if you have kids, you’ve got to figure out some way to kill time with them. Enter baking…
quarantine forced me into baking for the kids pic.twitter.com/ikIj7xXQiC— name cannot be blank (@nekopanfan) March 15, 2020
Quarantine baking! Blueberry carrot cake with honey-ginger buttercream. 🤤 pic.twitter.com/dxR7djCiZl— Sam Taylor (@jsamtaylor) March 15, 2020
Bakers With Some Serious Skills
Have you seen some of the work out there? Because, wow. Some people are really coming to play.
My first baking creation from quarantine: pasteis de nata, a Portuguese custard pastry and undoubtedly the fanciest thing I have ever made pic.twitter.com/E4AvzohMEM— Mikey Sanders (@Pillylickins) March 15, 2020
No matter you're baking — we hope it's bringing you some comfort in this stressful time.
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