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Monday, 23 January 2012

5 things you Must know about baking

Baking is a good hobby or business to start, and to some it is quite simple, for others it may be a bit more challenging. I've decided to come up with a short list of five important tips that will be helpful to anyone who is baking or has recently decided to venture into home baking.

1. STICK TO THE RECIPE

Baking is an exact science, unlike cooking, reducing or increasing measurements randomly can spell disaster in your end product.

2. QUALITY MATTERS

The quality of ingredients matter. Buy the best you can afford. If it is unsalted butter, buy it from a reputable company like K.C.C. or Brookside Ltd.. If it is wheat flour, my favorite is EXE self-rising flour by Unga limited, they make quality baking flours. Your quick breads will always taste exceptional when made with quality ingredients.

3. ACCURACY IS IMPORTANT

When measuring dry goods like flour, don't spoon ingredients into the measuring cup. It is easier to dip the cup into the flour, then with a straight-edged object like a knife, sweep away the excess. This method will save you from a ruined recipe due to less or more ingredients.

4. GET A THERMOMETER

Oven temperature dials are unpredictable and can often be wrong. If you are a passionate baker who is concerned about accuracy, like myself, invest in a thermometer that accurately measures oven temperature.

5. NO PEEKING!

Avoid opening the oven door while baking. Peeking allows heat to escape and a cake that is baking may not have formed yet, disturbing it may leading to sinking in the middle.

peeking not allowed ^_^




Are you curious about which ingredients are used in a particular quick bread or baked pastry that you love eating? Tell me what it is and I'll shed some light on what ingredients are used ^_^

2 comments:

  1. Hey, it's hard not to peek, can't help the excitement of a rising cake. But, i get chased away from the kitchen by a certain someone anyway.

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  2. Hehe, I have to stop you or you'd ruin all the cakes, but I understand the urge to peek ^_^

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