Do you mess up your cake by over baking it? Or are your cookies too flat with burnt bottoms? It’s okay to have failed attempts because you probably didn’t know about these amazing and useful baking tips before. Baking is said to be the easiest form of cooking. However, for a lot of people baking is not just a piece of cake. But don’t you worry because we have your back. Here are the 26 seriously useful baking tips you wish you knew about sooner! We also write about other backing tips.
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1ALWAYS PRE-HEAT YOUR OVEN
If you have seen any baking videos on Youtube, you would know that the chefs there always advice you to pre-heat your oven. This is because when the oven is pre-heated, your food bakes faster. Also, when you add yeast or baking powder to your batter, it requires heat to react and produce results.
2INVEST IN GOOD QUALITY BAKING PANS
There is no way you will regret spending on good quality pans because that’s where you’ll get burn free fresh baked cakes!
3USE ICE-CREAM SCOOPS FOR YOUR MUFFINS
Using ice-cream scoops for your muffins can help insure that all your muffins have the same amount of batter. As more or less can effect your presentation and also the quality.
4GREASE YOUR PANS
A lot of people I know use glass pans at home and not professional baking pans. If you’re one of them then make sure you grease your pan with butter and flour before adding the batter. This prevents the bottom of your cake from burning.
5MELT THE BUTTER
If you’re mixing the butter with sugar first thing, then make sure you melt the butter. It gets easier to mix and the sugar dissolves in faster!
6TEST YOUR CAKE WITH A KNIFE OR A TOOTHPICK
Before taking out your cake from the oven, test your cake with a knife or a toothpick. This method will ensure that your cake is done and the batter is all cooked!
Make sure that all your baking ingredients are of the optimum temperature that the recipe requires.
I personally love the sweet aroma that brown sugar gives out after it is baked. So if your recipe allows it, add brown sugar to your batter. It’s going to make your neighbors have their mouths water.
Purchase a new pack of baking powder, baking soda or yeast every few months. These ingredients loose their leavening power over time and your cake may not rise the way you want it to.
10LET YOUR CAKE COOL DOWN
Before frosting your cake, make sure you let it sit for a while to cool it down so it is on nearly room temperature when you apply your frostings.
11PERFECT AMOUNT OF BEATING THE BATTER
Don’t beat your batter too much or too less. With a lot of beating, the batter is likely to loose it’s ability to rise. With less beating it is only natural that all your ingredients won’t mix well together.
12DO NOT OVERBAKE
Some people think that their cakes or cookies are undone after the baking time. It is best that you take it out when your food is only sligtly unbaked in the center. It usually settles down after you let it sit for a while.
13THE WALNUT SECRET
Adding walnuts to your brownies simply adds to its deliciousness. So don’t hesitate in adding that extra flavor. Just simply set your batter in the baking pan and toss in some walnuts on top of it or mix it in the batter before setting it in the pan.
14BAKING WITH CHOCOLATE
Now a lot of people take this lightly and they go on using any milk chocolate available. However, if you want those perfectly baked professional cakes then make sure you use low fat cooking chocolate.
15BE PRECISE WITH ALL YOU MEASUREMENTS
If your recipe says 1 teaspoon then add 1 teaspoon and stick to the measurements. Because unlike cooking where you add species according to your taste, baking requires precision.
Don’t hesitate to add in that pinch of salt in your batter. Just do it!
17THE BREAD SECRET
The pro ingredient in keeping your cookies or muffins soft and fresh is none other than a slice of bread! yes that’s right. Simply add a slice of bread in the jar that you’re storing your cookies in and let it do the magic.
18ONE DIRECTION FLOUR MIXING
Here’s something my mother always tells me, add flour little by little and not all of it altogether. Mix it with a spatula in one direction in circular motions. This way you avoid all the possible air bubbles that may form in your batter.
19BE GENTLE WITH YOUR DOUGH
While making your dough make sure that you’re not too rough with it. Also pat your dough only slightly with extra flour. The more you take out your frustration on your dough, the tougher it will get.
20USE BAKING PAPER
Only greasing your pan sometimes doesn’t do the job very well. So grease your pan with butter and line it with baking paper to help you slide out that perfect cake. Baking paper also minimizes the chance of a burnt bottom.
A lot of people skip this step because they think it’s unimportant. Small things like sifting can make a huge difference. So I recommend sifting your dry and powdered ingredients before using them.
Tap or bang your pan on your counter a couple times before putting it in the oven for baking. This helps all of your batter to settle in place and reduces the chance of air bubbles forming in.
23COOL YOUR COOKIE DOUGH
Chill your cookie dough before baking it.
24VANILLA BEAN PASTE
Use vanilla bean paste instead of vanilla extract because it just makes it smell better.
Takeout your cookies from the oven when the edges of your cookies have hardened. That’s when you know they’re done.
26GET YOURSELF A BAKING MAT
Baking can be a lot of mess. Save yourself from the extra effort of cleaning everything and get yourself a mat!
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