Baking techniques vary around the world but these simple yet effective tips apply to anyone and everyone who’s trying to improve their baking skills!
1. Plan ahead
This may sound a bit boring when all you want to do is get stuck in, but reading the recipe beforehand will save you from endless kitchen disasters! There’s nothing worse than getting half way through a recipe to discover you don’t have the correct equipment to complete your showstopping bake. We suggest reading through your chosen recipe and making a list of all the ingredients you need and checking you have the correct tools.
2. The correct tin is key to a successful bake
When it comes to baking, a lot of recipes call for a specific type of tin. You may be tempted to use whatever you have on hand at home but the baking tin you use all depends on the ingredients, temperature and shape of your bake, so we suggest following the recipes instructions. The basic must-have baking tins are a round cake tin, a cupcake tin and a loaf tin but there are hundreds of tins out there, so make sure you do your research first!
3. Sift your dry ingredients
Sifting dry ingredients breaks up any clumps, adds air to flour and helps create light cakes and fluffy pastries. It also makes combining ingredients a lot easier.
4. Butter and eggs should be room temperature
This makes a big difference to the ease of baking, but also how your baked goods will taste. When your ingredients are at room temperature they will easily combine with other ingredients, creating a smooth consistency, resulting in a uniform looking bake. When using refrigerated ingredients you’re guaranteed to be left with clumps of butter in the end result.
5. Invest in an oven thermometer
Oven thermometers are inexpensive, easy to find and in our experience, they’re worth using. It’s fairly common for oven temperatures to be incorrect which is bad news for us bakers! All you have to do is attach the thermometer to an oven rack so you can be confident your oven temperature is accurate, allowing you to maintain the correct temperature throughout the baking process.
6. Be careful not to over-handle dough
There are several negative effects from over-handling bread dough. If the dough becomes too warm it will begin to ferment too rapidly which will affect the flavour of your bread, over kneading can also impair flavour. Using a dough scraper can avoid this problem but knowing when your dough is ready is extremely helpful too. You can determine whether your dough has been kneaded enough when the consistency is smooth on the outside, springs back when pressed with your fingers and is no longer sticky.
7. Don’t be tempted to open your oven
Your creation is starting to rise and you’re feeling tempted to open the oven and take a peek at your delicious creation. Step away from the oven! This is often how bakers fall at the last hurdle. Opening the oven door too early will alter the oven’s temperature, allowing cool air in to the oven which will prevent your baked goods from rising.
8. Always use a cooling rack to cool your bakes
Using a cooling rack allows air to circulate freely resulting in your bakes cooling faster and will prevent them from getting soggy. Leaving your baked goods in a hot tin will allow them to continue cooking for longer than necessary and not to mention can create unwanted condensation.
9. Ice cream scoops are your best friend
Whether you’re making cupcakes or cookies, having an ice cream scoop on hand will make your life a lot easier. This tool is a great way of measuring perfectly equal scoops of batter and dough, resulting in identical and uniform creations.
10. Be creative and have fun
There may seem like there’s a lot of rules when it comes to baking but the main thing is to have fun and get creative!
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