Can you bake without a recipe? Most of you are probably shaking your head no...no, no, no, no. You've all been scared off by that culinary truism that refers to cooking as an art and baking as a science. I don't think it's true at all. And I think most good home cooks who are afraid of baking are missing out a whole lot. The same is true with bakers who religiously follow recipes. If baking is rigidly following a recipe, you're missing out on the improvisation, the play that makes cooking so much fun.
Of course, it's true that you need to learn a few basic recipes. Learn how to do a pie/tart crust, for example. Any good food writer/blogger worth their salt can teach you one. Yes, I even have one in my book (which of course you must wait for.) But once you have that, you can bake just about any fruit tart or fruit pies that your heart desires and you mind imagines.