Quiz: What delicious baked good should you ‘procrasti-bake’ today?

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With classes being moved online for the remainder of the semester, students are finding themselves with extra time and, often, less motivation to get their work done. Combine this with the fact that many people are back living at their family homes, and you’ll find many Golden Bears “procrasti-baking” — baking as a form of procrastination. Whether you are just now realizing this is a great idea or have already exhausted your repertoire of baked goods, this quiz is the perfect way to determine what you should “procrasti-bake” today.

  1. How much time do you have to kill today?
    1. I have to be in a Zoom lecture in exactly an hour.
    2. A couple of hours.
    3. However long it takes.
    4. I don’t know what time is anymore.
  2. On a scale of one to 10, how stressed are you right now?
    1. 1-3: I might as well be on the beach in Hawaii.
    2. 4-6: Mildly stressed.
    3. 7-10: Pretty close to ripping my hair out.
    4. 100+
  3. Do you have a midterm or large assignment due this week?
    1. What are midterms?
    2. Yeah, but it’s not a big deal.
    3. My entire grade depends on the test I have tomorrow.
    4. Every single assignment of the semester is due this week.
  4. Which Berkeley bakery do you miss the most?
    1. Tartine Bakery.
    2. Sheng Kee Bakery.
    3. Cupcakin’ Bake Shop.
    4. I don’t miss Berkeley at all.
  5. What’s your favorite flavor of baked goods?
    1. Chocolate.
    2. Vanilla.
    3. Something involving fruit.
    4. I don’t like baked goods.
  6. How much baking experience do you have?
    1. What’s an oven?
    2. I’ve made something from a mix a couple of times.
    3. I can follow a recipe pretty well.
    4. I’ve been baking since before I could walk.
  7.  
    1. Cookies: You can’t go wrong with this classic baked good! They can be as simple or complicated as you want them to be, and therefore can take up as little or much time as you need them to. Try these classic chocolate chip cookies or branch out of your comfort zone with this guava thumbprint cookie recipe.
    2. A bakery-quality cake (or cupcakes!): With the world in the state it’s in today, you shouldn’t need a special occasion to justify eating cake. There’s nothing more satisfying than making a fancy cake, and your Snapchat friends will surely be impressed. This red velvet cake recipe is a great place to get started.
    3. Make up a recipe: Let your creativity shine through by experimenting in the kitchen and making up a baked good recipe. As long as you have butter, sugar, eggs and flour, you should be able to throw in whatever else you find in the pantry and end up with a baked good that’s guaranteed to be exciting!
    4. A pie: Though often overlooked as a baked good, making a pie is a great way to “procrasti-bake” today! Whether it’s a classic apple pie turned vegan, a pumpkin pie or a Boston cream pie, you’re sure to find one that pleases everyone.

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