10 Baking Tips worth knowing

10 Baking Tips: Baking is so much fun but there is always room for improvement. Here are 10 baking tips to help you make even better cakes, biscuits and pastries.

  1. When baking with flour and other dry ingredients, use a sieve in order to get a smooth and lump- free consistency.

  2. It’s always a good idea to make a double batch and freeze biscuits, cakes and muffins –perfect for when unexpected visitors pop in.

  3. Never open the oven during baking, as this lets heat out and interferes with the baking process.

  4. Use a toothpick or a skewer to test your cake for doneness by placing it into the middle of the cake. If it comes out clean, the cake is done.

  5. If you are not sure about the freshness of your baking powder, put a teaspoon in half a cup of water. If it doesn’t fizz, it’s too old.

  6. To keep a mixing bowl from sliding around when you’re whisking something, place it on a damp kitchen towel.

  7. Always set your timer 5 to 10 minutes earlier than what the recipe calls for. Oven temperatures vary, and leaving your dish in for too long can cause overcooking.

  8. When baking biscuits, muffins and cakes, make sure the butter and eggs are at room temperature to avoid ending up with a greasy product.

  9. Cracks and uneven surfaces on cakes are caused by too much flour or too hot an oven. If a cake sinks, it is probably due to too much baking powder or under baking.

  10. Meringue will always stand up high and perfect if you use a generous pinch of baking soda while beating whites.

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