Baking has a mystique all its own; it’s a controlled chemistry experiment, in which certain combinations will create reactions that make foods rise, puff, or crisp. Baking is often associated with the holidays and the sweet and savory treats you can find during special times of the year. The warm air from the oven fills a home with delicious smells, like floral vanilla or woodsy and welcoming cinnamon. Chewy, crusty breads can deliver herbaceous and aromatic appeal without the sweets. Aprons on! Let’s start baking.