Baking is one of the most popular hobbies home makers get into these days. Indeed, baking your own pastries, cookies, breads and the like can be really fulfilling. It could even grow into a business someday. Here are top 10 tips for first time bakers to make your baking experience memorable.
(10) Measure ingredients carefully.
This is one thing you cannot take for granted. A slight change in measurement may not be edited most especially if ingredients are mixed together already. It will mess up the whole recipe and you will have to redo everything. Make sure you have standard and accurate measuring cups and spoons.
(9) Watch videos on YouTube.
You will be surprised at how many baking tutorials there are available. It will be best to bake as they do on videos. Bake along with the tutorials so you can really see how it should be done.
(8) Always soften butter and oil unless otherwise specified.
Oil and butter is best mixed when they are soft or liquid. This technique yields better results both on batter and frosting. Although, you have to remember that you cannot mix anything with newly heated butter or oil because it might get cooked.
(7) Use a thermometer for your oven.
Even if your oven has a thermometer, it is never accurate. It is best that you have your own external and accurate thermometer. This way, you don’t over bake or under bake anything.
(6) Don’t keep on opening your oven.
I know you’re excited and you want to see the results right away but opening your oven every now and then to check on your pastry will ruin it. So be patient and wait for the timer to sound before checking it out.
(5) Learn the toothpick test.
The toothpick test is a technique that bakers use to check if their bread is completely cooked. Basically, all you need to do is stick a toothpick into the centre of the bread. If it comes out clean, then it means your bread is cooked. If it comes out with some bits on the stick, then you have to let it bake longer.
(4) Do not overwhip or underwhip.
The whipping instructions on a recipe are very important. If it says you just need to fold the batter, then no need to use an electric mixer. Just use a spatula. This will affect the overall outcome of your bread.
(3) Clean your materials regularly.
Your materials may look clean but are they really? The thing with most baking ingredients is that they are oily. So you will really have a hard time cleaning them. You might even need to soak them in liquid detergent for a longer time before rinsing.
(2) Use vanilla for better smelling results.
Besides the main ingredients to your recipes, what makes the kitchen smell so good when baking is the extra vanilla you add into the recipe so don’t forget to use a teaspoon or a tablespoon more.
(1) Be creative with decorating.
This is the really fun part so don’t be afraid to be creative. There are hundreds of tools for decorating and there are ready made frosting and toppings sold as well.