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Top 10 Baking Tips

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My first baking experience was a major disaster!!! Growing up, I watched my mom make all sorts of baked goods with so much ease and the outcome was always so fantastic and then I thought to myself, “this must be one of the simplest method of cooking that exists” but I was soooo wrong!!! Baking is actually a very complex cooking method that involves a lot of technicality and requires a lot of care, accuracy and attention…but not to worry, there is a way to make things easier. The major secret to becoming an expert at baking is to practice as often as possible…trust me, you will get better!  The one thing I dreaded greatly has now become one of my favorite things to do. Over the years I have noted some points that has helped me become an expert at baking and I thought it best to share with you.

I love baking!

I love baking!

  1. Read the recipe very carefully before starting, ensure you fully understand the recipe from start to finish and be sure you have all the ingredients needed to prepare it. If you don’t have the ingredients readily available, make plans to purchase them. 
  2. When you have finally decided to prepare the recipe, take out all the ingredients, measuring them correctly and accurately and line them up on the kitchen counter in the order of the recipe procedure (what goes first, next…). There is very little/no room for error when you begin like this.
  3. When measuring liquids, use a glass-measuring cup; the glass permits you to see the level of the liquid being measured. The cup of the liquid should have additional space above the one-cup line, so that a full cup can be accurately measured without spilling. Check the measurement at eye level.
  4. When measuring dry ingredients, use standard individual cups and spoons.
  5. Every basic baking recipe requires an oven. It is important that you understand how your oven works. The use of an oven thermometer is the best way to be sure your oven is calibrated correctly. Every recipe calls for a pre-heated oven and it is always best to pre-heat at least 15 minutes before baking. Don’t increase the oven temperature when baking has started just because you are in a hurry and try as much as possible not to open the oven door prematurely.
  6. It is of utmost importance that you use quality baking tools and utensils. Use standard measuring cups, spoons, baking pans, etc. These will help measure the ingredients accurately.
  7. Layout all tools needed to create whatever recipe you are preparing on your counter or work table before starting.
  8. Every recipe calls for a different pan size. Use the correct pan size as stated by the recipe. Changing the pan size can alter the baking time and temperature. Larger, shallower pans need increased heat; smaller, deeper pans need decreased heat. Prepare the pan carefully according to the recipe. Place the pans as close to the centre of the oven as possible and if you are using two pans at once, do not place them directly over the another, give some space and most importantly, do not crowd the oven as this makes for uneven baking.
  9. Different baking methods calls for different types of mixing. Be sure to follow the recipe instruction carefully.
  10. Never carry on another activity while baking; distractions, no matter how little can lead to mistakes.

Baking Essentials (Kitchen Must-Have)

  • Food mixer
  • Food processor
  • Mixing bowls
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Pastry brush
  • Rolling pin
  • Fine Sieve
  • Fine cloth
  • Whisk
  • Zester
  • Baking tins
  • Baking pans
  • Rubber spatula
  • Knife
  • Chopping board

2 Comments

  • truslyne
    December 22, 2016 at 09:58
    Reply

    Good one! Pls Snd me cake recipe. Gracias!!

  • Winnie
    December 22, 2016 at 10:14
    Reply

    Hello Truslyne. Thank you for your comment. I have a recipe for carrot cake on the site. Please click on this link http://zeeliciousfoods.com/home-made-carrot-cake-recipe/ or click on the search icon and type carrot cake recipe. Have a great day.

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