Baking is indeed a passion and not everyone has the patience and the skills to create wonderful baked goodies that will be loved by many. From choosing the ingredients to creating fantastic frostings to decorating your pastries – baking requires patience and so much more.
If you have already tried and have failed say, a couple of times, don’t give up just yet. Everything takes time – even baking. Get ready with your pen and paper and write down these 50 baking tips that are easy to remember and will give you the perfect cookies, cakes and so much more!
Measure an appropriate amount of shortening and canola oil.
You can then use this for your recipe. Don’t expect it to have the rich flavor though. You can also try substituting mashed avocado for the butter if it’s available.
Though, that doesn’t mean that you can’t experiment and play around with add-ins.
If you want to aim for a chewy texture, then substitute oats for up to a third of the flour that you are using. You can also try adding in dried fruits or even candy sprinkles. Be generous, try it out!
Not only will it save your precious pans, it will also save you a lot of time when cleaning plus, they actually help cookies to bake much more evenly. It’s definitely something worth buying.
This is the time that you should take them out because if you wait a little bit more, they will become too hard and may even break your teeth.
Baking requires patience especially if you are using rock-hard cold butter. If you don’t want this, plan ahead of time and prepare your ingredients so you can be sure that when you’re baking, they are all ready to be mixed together.
Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or rice vinegar to level off the measuring cup.
Then just allow the milk to sit for 10 minutes and curdle and that’s it! Very easy and ready to use.
Measure 1 cup of flour then remove 2 tablespoons of the flour and place back in the bag. Replace the top the measuring cup with 2 tablespoons corn starch. That’s it. Make sure to sift well.
To do this, use a parchment paper so you can line the pan. Make sure you have extra parchment paper extending over the sides so you can use them as handles.
Gently lift the baked slab out of the pan and from there, cut it into squares on a cutting board. Slice away any hard or tapered edges and you’ll see just how pretty they look.
Just a quick spray and it will already give you an effortless way to release your baked goodies.
Easy to use and is also very handy so you won’t have any problems removing cake from the pan.
This is because it will prevent all these add-in bits from sinking to the bottom of your batter and will also ensure that you have an even distribution of flavor.
Aside from the poor quality, they won’t even last long and you even might end up with poorly baked goods.
Some can’t conduct and distribute heat evenly, some coatings may not even last long. Never settle for cheap tools that can compromise your baking.
Settling for what “looks good” isn’t okay. From the correct temperature of the butter to the brand can dramatically affect the texture and taste of your baked goods.
Even how you incorporate it to your mix will have great impact so, make sure you take good care of how you prepare and use your butter.
Once done correctly, you will be able to get flour that is lighter and easier to mix. This is perfect for those ultra-light cakes or biscuits, especially when you are incorporating cocoa powder into other dry ingredients.
Use a hot knife.
Just run it under hot water and wipe it dry)
Use a chilled knife.
Just place your knife in the freezer for just a few minutes.
Bonus Tip: For clean slices, make sure to wipe your knife with a wet paper towel between each slice.
This is because it allows you to transfer your baked cookies, breads and cakes without even tearing or falling apart.
Cut parchment paper or buy pre-cut sheets to fit your loaf pans and cake pans. Better to allow a few centimeters excess so you can use them as handles.
This is to avoid your batter or dough from stick and to possibly ruin your cake. So be generous when applying grease!
Consider every nook and cranny that could stick, and make sure you are doing a thorough application. This also goes if you are flouring a pan.
Reading ahead and familiarizing yourself with the recipe, especially if it’s a new one that you want to try will help a lot.
Saves you time, saves you from wasting valuable ingredients and gives you more confidence.
There is no need to go overboard especially if it’s your first time. Practice on a piece of wax paper first. Do this even before you bake so you feel much more confident.
Using expired ingredients or near the expiration date baking powder, baking soda, yeast, even chocolates will have an effect in your products or baked goods.
For high-quality results and delicious baking goods, go for the freshest ingredients only!
Don’t feel bad about wasting money on those forgotten ingredients. Throw them away and don’t use them. They are tagged as expired for a reason.
Read through the ingredients, sift flour if needed, let the butter soften, prepare all your bowls, spatulas, and we mean all the things you need.
This way you won’t get stressed out when you suddenly realize you need a sifter and you don’t know where it is.
Acclaimed British baker and author Paul Hollywood says this is a mistake!
We want to achieve a slow, natural rise to get that best bread flavor. Speeding it up is not the right way to go.
Though, what’s preferred is to actually go for quality other than the design. This will ensure even mixing, stiff meringues, and that perfect whipped cream. It can even last for years!
Better to set your timer for less than what the recipe calls for. This way we avoid over baking the cake.
This isn’t a good practice because cool air can get in; this will greatly interrupt your baked goods from cooking properly.
If you need to test your cakes, then just use the toothpick trick. Remove your cake from the oven, immediately close it and test if it’s done, if not okay, then put it back in as quickly as you can.
To ensure that you still have and know the right temperature, invest in an oven-safe thermometer.
This way, you can attach it to an oven rack and you can adjust your oven temperature if needed.