- First off, make sure that your basic baking ingredients are always stocked in your pantry. You don’t want to have to make a quick trip to the supermarket in the middle of your baking for flour or baking powder.
- Before you start baking, make sure that all your ingredients are at room temperature. Butter, specifically, creams better at room temperature, making everything mix together with less effort.
- If you have to separate eggs for your baking recipe, however, do so while they are still cold as the risk of the yolks mixing with the whites is higher when the eggs are at room temperature.
- If you don’t have to separate your eggs, but need them to be at room temperature, you can easily achieve this by putting them in a bowl of warm water and letting them sit in it for a few minutes.
- When mixing hard butter with flour, slice it first. You’ll find it easier to mix after you have done so.
- It also helps to coat the butter with flour before you cut it up. This ensures that the butter mixes more evenly with the flour after it is cut into pieces, and helps reduce clumping during the mixing process.
- Squat down to the level of the measuring jug when you’re measuring liquid ingredients. It will help you read the measurements off the jug more accurately.
- When using a mixer to mix your ingredients, make sure you pause every now and then so as to scrape the ingredients off the sides and from the bottom of your mixing bowl. This ensures that everything is mixed evenly.
- Use a portion scoop to shape your muffins and cookies. This will ensure that each one is the same size as the other and that they’ll all cook evenly. It will also reduce the mess made as you bake.
10. Line your baking pan with parchment paper. This makes it easier to remove your baked cake from the pan when it’s ready. It also makes cleaning the pan afterwards easier.
11. If you’re baking a chocolate cake, dust your baking pan with unsweetened cocoa powder instead of flour. That way, the edge of your cake won’t have a white dusting of flour afterwards.
12. If you want to create layers in your biscuits, fold the dough before you cut it into pieces. You can do this by rolling the dough into an elongated rectangle, and then folding it into thirds.
13. For crispier cookies, turn the temperature of the oven down by at least 25 degrees. This allows the cookies to dry up and crisp up without over-browning.
14. If you want to find out whether your cake is baked, take the baking tray out of the oven and lightly touch the cake with your finger. If it springs up, it’s ready. If it doesn’t, the impression made by your finger will remain on the cake’ surface, but it will slowly fade away as the cake gets closer to being ready.
15. After baking different things in your oven a few times, you’ll realize that they don’t always take as long to bake as the recipe says they will – or they might take longer than stated in the recipe. If this is the case, make sure you write down how long your favourite recipes take to bake. This will save you time when you bake them in future.
We hope these tips improve your baking results in future. Now go ahead and bake the world a better place! 😊