What better way to say ‘Happy Holidays’ than with freshly baked goodies? If you’re a cook who can’t resist tossing in a handful of this and a sprinkle of that, you may find baking can be a bit hit and miss, but follow a few basic baking tips and success is sure to follow…
1. Ensure that your scale is accurate and on the correct setting.
2. Weighing and measuring ingredients is essential for the desired result to be successful.
3. Use your eggs at room temperature – cold eggs sometimes upset mixtures.
4. Make sure that your oven is set to the correct temperature before you begin, AND that the baking trays tins are prepared and ready for you.
5. Use a pastry brush to oil or butter baking trays or tins.
6. Use butter instead of margarine.
7. Use a toothpick/wooden skewer to test whether your cake is baked. If you place it in the centre of the baked cake and it comes out clean, your cake is ready!
8. Always use the best quality ingredients.
9. Use the correct tools where possible, for example, use a spatula when icing a cake, a spoon or a butter knife will not produce the same effect.
10. When mixing meringue, make sure that all the equipment is free from all grease and fat residue.
11. Once your cake mixtures are ready, do not let them stand, once prepared they need to be placed into the oven asap.
12. Cookie doughs and pastries are best chilled before use, this allows the gluten in the mixture to ‘relax’ and your final baked product will hold its shape very well, no shrinking will occur.
13. Water/steam and chocolate are worst enemies. Keep them separate at all times. Should you be melting chocolate, be very careful not to get any water into the bain marie – this will result in seized unusable chocolate.
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