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Baking Tips And Tricks

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After watching cooking shows on T.V, many of us are inspired to whip up a storm and show off our creative flair and newly found culinary knowledge. We’ve taken on board the judges advice to contestants and we’re pumped to give it a go ourselves. That is, until we start overthinking the processes, and poof, it’s like the motivation magically disappears. It’s happened to me countless times, and so with this blog, I hope to inspire you to persevere and execute.

 

I have some baking tips and tricks that will hopefully make baking a whole lot easier and much less stressful, thus, allowing it to be the therapeutic experience it ought to be.

 

Firstly... the correct baking tools are a MUST. We are so fortunate to live in a time where new and improved baking tools are so readily available for home bakers, and the technology is absolutely fabulous and makes the job super easy. 

My recommendations of BASIC baking tools for a home baker in no particular order are:

1) an electric mixer (handheld or stand mixer)

2) a wooden spoon (used exclusively for baking)

3) a bowl scraper/ spatula (never waste batter)

4) a large stainless steel mixing bowl 

5) an offset spatula 

6) a silicone mat

7) an icing scraper

8) an ice cream scoop 

9) a cupcake corer

10) a turn-table 

11) a cookie sheet

12) a 6 inch and 8 inch round baking tin 

13) a cake stand to display your treats


Of course I can go on and recommend tools that will take your decorating skills to the next level, but for the time being, the above tools are basically what you need to get started.

Now, here are some of my tips, to make baking a bit easier, and more enjoyable.

 

1) Know what you want to bake, and be organised.

The key to successful baking, is having a plan, and staying organised enough to execute it without issues. Start by figuring out what you want to make, get a recipe, and READ THE RECIPE multiple times until you understand the process, and you are confident that you can achieve the expected results. Once you have your recipe, shop for all of your ingredients and MEASURE them out accurately and according to the recipe. Remember that baking is a science. Adding in extra ingredients can change the chemical reactions and give you different results. GREASE AND LINE tins if required, and set them aside. 

2) Follow the recipe to the letter. 

Recipe developers try and test recipes multiple times before publishing, to ensure that the results are always perfect. FOLLOWING THE RECIPE in the order set out, decreases the risk of baking fails.

 

3) PREHEAT your oven if the recipe calls for it.

Again, there is a science behind baking. Many doughs and batters require a hit of heat at the start of the baking process, for optimal texture, rise and colour. 

4) If the recipe calls for it, use ROOM TEMPERATURE butter and eggs. 

There’s a science behind the temperature of your ingredients too! Room temperature products such as eggs and butter form an emulsion that traps air into your batters. While baking, the trapped air expands, giving your baked goods a lighter and fluffier texture.

 

5) Always cool your cakes before icing them. A little patience goes a long way when it comes to cake decorating!

Once baked, I usually cool my cakes, wrap them in cling film and then put them in the fridge for a few hours before I attempt to stack, fill and ice them. A chilled cake is more stable and doesn’t crumble as much.

 

6) Bake your cakes and Cupcakes at a lower temperature for longer.

Make trimming and levelling cakes a thing of the past! No fancy tools needed! Baking your cakes at a lower temperature, slows the spring in the leavening process, which in turn prevents a dome from forming on the top of your cake.

***Bonus Tip: For consistency in the size of your cake layers, make sure that you have equal quantities of batter in each baking tin.

 
I hope these tips will help get you started on an epic baking journey! Keep me posted with all your wonderful treats, by tagging me on social media, or sending me an email!

 

 

 

 


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