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Baking boom: Why so many are getting creative in the kitchen during coronavirus

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Posted at 1:01 PM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 21:20:11-04

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - Chances are many of you have been whipping up some tasty treats during the stay-at-home order.

Social distancing means more people are getting creative in the kitchen, according to Sharon Davis with the Home Baking Association.

"We could see it reflected on our social media and our website. Our data shot up in terms of interest," Davis said.

Military mother and wife Diana Walters has been getting cozy in her kitchen these days, baking comfort carbs like coffee cakes, scones and breads. Her children are now her sous chefs.

"It gets them off their devices, and they're really learning some cooking skills and life lessons they can take with them in the future," Walters said.

Ovens are on overload as people take a trip back to their pastimes during the pandemic.

"It's nostalgic, and it's an inner longing to be secure," said Davis.

"When I was a kid, I would watch my grandma in the kitchen and I would get involved with her," Walters said. "This is really connecting me back to when I was my children's age."

But the rise in quarantine cooking means certain ingredients are a bit scarce.

"The milling industry runs on cycles, but our partners have told us there's been a huge surge in flour and yeast. People are buying 150 times as much, and they can't keep it on the shelves, " Davis explained.

So, what are the top searches for things people are baking?

"Definitely sourdough. That surprised me, but it's because yeast is in short supply," Davis said. "Also pizza, biscuits, scones and banana bread."

Kneading dough and baking cookies - the perfect recipe during the coronavirus pandemic.

"It takes you off the stress tracks running through your brain," Davis said. "You have to focus and follow a recipe, and if you don't follow it, what you pull out of the oven won't be as cool."

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