How to upgrade your baking? Become an in-house professional

Did you just start baking and you grow to like it more and more? Then, you should make a small stop and read the following article. Our team will unveil some secrets and tips that will make the art of baking more delicious for beginners.

Always be careful when you measure ingredients

Don’t try to eyeball the ingredients unless you are a pro or simply know the recipe from A to Z. As you may have heard before, baking is a precise science, and each measurement that is not done accordingly will negatively affect your pastry.

Each recipe you will find online from safe sources or in top-notch cookbooks will come with the exact measurements. We advise you to look for the best food bloggers/vloggers, read reviews about their recipes, and then try it yourself. Some recipes will come with the measurements in grams, while others in cups. You can convert one to another by knowing that one cup equals 237 ml which is 0.237 grams.

Try not to change the recipe

Did you spot some ingredients that are not to your liking? Then resist the temptation and try to keep the recipe as it is or research if adding extra ingredients will affect or not the baking process. Here is an example – do you want to make some delicious Greek Spanakopita? Then, don’t add too many wet ingredients (cheese, yogurt) over the dry ones (phyllo dough) as the dough will be soggy, and your pastry will not be tasteful at all.

In the same category is the temperature. If a recipe says to bake a pastry for 30 minutes at 350 F, then be careful and do it as it is mentioned. If it’s helpful enough, you can buy a timer and set it to take the pastry out in time. Do not let the pastry, the cookies, or other sweets cook over the timing as you can burn them. Also, you will dry the pastries, as they become more crunchy and untasteful. Look at the next video to see which are the most common mistakes that are frequently done in baking.

Keep your oven closed

From time to time, we become curious and want to see how much our pastry, pie, or cake rise, isn’t it? In order to see that, we are going to open the oven way too much. Of course, it is not forbidden to do that, one time if necessary but be careful with it! If you frequently open the oven door your pastry won’t rise as you would like, as the air influx will hit your delight which will make it flat.

Do this when you bake sweets!

Let’s say that instead of baking some salty delicacies, you choose to make some delicious sweets. First of all, make sure to buy some qualitative ingredients and after that, follow the next trick:

  • Do you have a cup of berries to integrate into your mix? Then, roll them over some flowers, and after that, place them in the wet dough. Do not keep the fruits as intact as possible and avoid breaking them.
  • Want to emphasize the vanilla taste? Then, change the classic vanilla essence with vanilla beans or vanilla bean paste.
  • Never skip the salt! Even if you bake sweets, a small pinch of salt will give a taste boost to your pastry
  • Pass the dry ingredients through a sieve to make the texture much finer.
  • Did you decide to make some brownies? Then add a small spoon of coffee into the mixture – this will be a game-changer! The chocolate taste is more present, much more software, and 100% heavenly!
  • Add your ingredients step by step, not all together! Do not add everything at the same time as each ingredient should be incorporated before with another one and later added to the dry mixture.

Use room temperature food

When you add a cold ingredient over a room temperature or when you add it over some hot ingredient (like heated butter) you may create chemical reactions that will destroy the food particles, texture, and, overall the entire taste. When a recipe specifically asks for room temperature ingredients, it is suggested to leave all of them overnight on your countertop or, at least one hour before starting the baking process.

For instance, you can not use cold butter to create a creamy texture for a cookie or a sponge cake. You simply have to wait to be at room temperature or cool down to incorporate beautifully with the rest of the ingredients.

Did you note all of these tips? Make sure to follow them and try as much as you can to respect all kinds of recipes, buy fresh ingredients, and don’t overbake your delights. By doing that, you will upgrade your baking skills, and maybe, you will want to try harder recipes.

Even if you are at the beginning of your baking adventure, don’t let yourself be intimidated by it! Simply try to pay lots of attention, and you will create delightful treats for yourself, your family, and your friends.