6 Things to Know before you start Baking
Do you love cookies and cakes? Would you like to start baking these amazing food items at home? Well, before you start taking out your apron and baking tools, there are a few things you must know which was taught to me on my first day in Mocaria Restaurant, Castellabate. Baking is easy if you follow the recipe properly and use the exact amount of ingredients when doing so.
This doesn’t mean that you aren’t allowed to experiment but common sense does play an important part when you are baking something.
Here is a list of things that you should know before you start baking:
Never skip the recipe
A lot of people don’t read the recipe carefully and just skip most of the parts which can lead to not so good baked food. You might think that as long as you put in the same ingredients or the ingredients which resemble the recipe ingredients, it is all good right? However, it is not.
This was one of the first things that I learned when I was taking baking classes at TruffleNation. While baking cookies and cakes, it is important that you follow the recipe strictly and only use the ingredients in the quantity that is mentioned if you want your baked item to turn out to be good.
Understand your oven
Another thing to keep in mind is that before you start baking, you need to learn how your oven works.
Test the different functions and modes in it and determine which function would help you bake your cookies better and which will be more suitable for a pie. Trust me, knowing about your oven goes a long way in helping you bake the most delicious items.
Difference between Baking Powder and Baking Soda
A lot of people often confuse between the function of a baking soda and a baking powder. While both of these items are necessary to bake a cake, you still need to learn the difference so that you use the correct amount and not overdo it.
A baking soda is a reason for the fluffiness of the cake as it reacts with acid to release CO2 whereas a baking powder will ensure that the CO2 is released throughout the process and your cake or muffins look spongy and soft.
Types of Flours
Another thing to keep in mind is that there are different types of flours available but not all are useful when baking something. All-purpose flour and Self-Rising flour are usually good for cakes, cookies, and muffins while other flours can be used for other baked goods. So, make sure you learn about different types of flours before you start baking.
Egg yolks and whites
Egg whites are found to be quite useful in holding the ingredients together while egg yolks can add richness to cakes and cookies. It is important that one learns the uses of both these egg contents before using them for baking.
Proper implementation of butter and oil
Another thing to keep in mind is the usage of butter and oil.
Some recipes require you to use oil and some require you to use the butter at a certain temperature so it is important that you learn the importance of these different types of ingredients and then finally start baking.
- Published On : 3 weeks ago on October 1, 2017
- Author By : Kathy Lanigan
- Last Updated : October 17, 2017 @ 7:17 pm
- In The Categories Of : Blog