Baking seems so easy when you see it on cooking shows, but when you try it yourself, it does not always turn out the way you expect. Baking is a technical skill; some say it takes even more skill than cooking. If you want to be a good baker, here are some tips you should follow:
Make it a habit to read through the recipe from the start to finish and make sure you have the right ingredients and materials before you start. Also ensure your ingredients are at room temperature before you begin cooking, unless stated otherwise. Be aware of different baking terms to make sure you are doing the right thing. For instance, melted is different from softened.
When using the oven
Always pre-heat the oven according to the temperature in the recipe before baking. Use an oven thermometer to make sure that the temperature is exact. In addition, you also need to have a timer handy. A few minutes or seconds can turn your cookies or cake hard. When baking, follow the times and temperatures exactly as seen on the recipe. You can also use your judgment and check the cookies or cake once in a while.
Types of ingredients
When baking, you will be seeing different types of ingredients – some you normally use, while others you may not have heard of. Recipes may call for salted or unsalted butter, different types of oil, a variety of sugars, and even different types of flour. Read about these varieties to ensure you know what they are good for and why a certain recipe needs it.
Use appropriate measuring tools
There are measuring tools for liquids and measuring tools for solids. When you are baking, you need to use the right measuring tools for the ingredients you are measuring. Another tip is to level off ingredients using a knife when measuring them. Use the straight edge of a knife to get the most accurate measurements. The smallest addition to an ingredient can make a huge difference when baking.
Practice, practice, practice
The first cake or batch of cookies you make may not turn out perfect but with baking all it takes is practice. The more you do it, the better you get. For beginners, it is best to stick to one recipe first before attempting to do others. Once you have perfected a recipe, you can move on to other delectable desserts you can serve to your family and friends.
With these tips, you are sure to be a better baker in no time. If you practice, you will soon be able to make all the desserts that you want including layered cakes, chocolate macaroons, cookies, muffins, and many more! Once you get the hang of things, it will be easier for you to prepare these wonderful offerings that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth!