The sight of flour, eggs, butter, sugar, and baking soda lying on the kitchen slab suggests that some serious baking is in process. Well, baking is an art! And to create a masterpiece, you need to excel in this culinary art.
The true inspiration for baking actually comes from binge-watching the late-night baking shows. They make everything look so easy!! It feels like just mix the ingredients, sift the flour and there it is- the magical product. But the reality is far from the truth!
Most of the times you end up burning the mixture, adding too much sugar and don’t even talk about the finished baked good because it’s a disaster. At least, this is what happens for the first few times.
But it doesn’t mean that you should stop trying because you are intimidated by baking. We have come up with a few baking tips for beginners to help them experiment and follow their passion.
Follow the Recipe Religiously
Experimenting is good but not when it comes to a baking recipe. Just follow the given recipe and do exactly as it says. Follow the steps in the given order. Sticking to the recipe will help you avoid all the common mistakes that can ruin your final baked good.
Prepping Up Is Necessary
Make sure you have all the ingredients in front of you before you actually start beating up your recipe. All the ingredients should be properly measured so that you do not run out of necessary things in the middle of the preparation. Gathering up the basic ingredients in advance will ensure a smooth baking process.
Use Proper Measuring Equipment
So when the recipe says 1 tbsp. of baking soda, that means the limit should not be exceeded. And you need to have the correct size of the tablespoon to measure the perfect amount of the ingredient. Using proper measuring equipment will make your preparations quite easier and ensure that you are doing your recipe right.
Sift Dry Ingredients
Sifting the dry ingredients, be it flour, salt, sugar, baking soda, cocoa powder or baking powder is very important. It helps filter out impurities and make the ingredients lighter that are easier to mix in the batter. And the texture of the finished baked good turns out to be light, airy, and delicate.
Always Use Measuring Cups to Transfer Stick Ingredients
Measuring the sticky ingredients like honey or peanut butter is a whole lot of pain. It is advised to spray or oil your measuring cup before actually measuring the sticky ingredients. Always use a silicone spatula to completely take out all the leftovers in the measuring cup.
Room Temperature Is the Key
Many recipes require certain ingredients like eggs, butter, and milk to stand at room temperature for some time. Because the room temperature butter blends easily with other ingredients and room temperature eggs produce high cake volume. Doing so will result in nice and fluffy finished baked good.
Preheating the Oven Is Must
Do not put the mixture in the oven unless the oven is at the right temperature. Because baking is science and a single mistake can entirely ruin your end product and turn it into a disaster.
Always Use Unsalted Butter
If the recipe calls for unsalted butter that means the salt level in the recipe need not be accompanied by any other salt source. Also, do not try to make up for the quantity of salt in the recipe with salted butter.
Use of Parchment Paper Is a Must
To ensure that the cake doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan, use of parchment paper is necessary. It will allow your cake to come out smoothly in the easiest way possible.
Cool the Product in the End
Once the product is baked, cool it down on a rank. Because if you will let it stay in the oven, the residual heat in the pan and oven will overcook the cake or may burn it as well.
Baking requires patience, right ingredients, and flawless recipe. Following the tips mentioned above will help you emerge as a winner in the art of baking.