Baking tips always come in handy for your baking activities whether you indulge it for fun or for business, either way there’s nothing wrong with a little advice or tip that helps to ease your time in the kitchen. So, we’ve gathered these 10 baking tips from professional bakers that you might just need to hear!
1. Ingredients’ Weight
If you’re looking for your ingredients to be very accurate then start measuring your ingredients by weight instead of volume. Perhaps, it’s the right time to start investing in a digital scale!
2. Room Temperature Eggs
Leave your eggs at room-temperature as some ingredients might call for room-temp eggs. You’d notice some recipes would ask for this specific egg, and that’s because it’d help to make your baked goods achieve a fluffy texture and what’s better than that?
3. Oven Thermometer
Another thing that you should invest in is an oven thermometer. You may think that it’s unnecessary and it doesn’t bring anything, but oh no.. it does. Your oven sometimes does not run at the temperature you’ve already set to it, it might be less or more than. So, it doesn’t hurt to invest in one to ensure your baked goods don’t overcook or worse, burnt.
4. Parchment Baking Pipes
No need to purchase piping bags when you can just make one out of parchment paper! Cheap and convenient, you don’t have to worry if you don’t have any piping bags around. Check out the tutorial here!
5. Round Cookies!
Want perfectly round cookies? Then, better scoop your cookie dough with an ice cream scooper! It may look delectable but hey, don’t go rogue and eat it. Additionally, it doesn’t make a mess and gives you a fair portion. Plus, if it still doesn’t look circle-ish for your cookies after you bake, grab a round cutter or anything round and place it over the cookie before moving it around in the round shape cutter. It’ll help.
6. Tap the Pan
When you’re making delicious cakes, pour the batter into the baking pan before tapping it against the counter. This will help for the sides to rise up slightly and remove air bubbles from your cake!
7. Leave Cookies to rest for 24 hours
It’s been said that leaving the cookies for 24 hours before actually baking it, will help ripen them. And if you’re looking for a greater texture and taste for your cookies, then you have to try out this trick. Make sure you have enough patience though!
8. Start from the end
The trick to being informed of everything in the recipe is to read through it (obviously) but you can start preparing by checking it from the end of the recipe all the way to the beginning. Following a recipe precisely will definitely help to achieve your dream cake!
9. Is it a perfectly baked cake?
To know the answer to this question is to test it out like this: when your cake is done being baked according to its required time, take it out of the oven and place the cake on the counter. Slightly press the cake in the center, if it springs back then it’s cooked! But if it’s sinking, then you may have to bake again. Another trick is to insert a toothpick inside the cake, to see whether the batter is wet or not, and if it does then it means it didn’t have enough time in the oven.
10. Cocoa Powder
If you’re making chocolate dough, dust your baking pan with some cocoa powder instead of flour. Not only it helps to prevent it from sticking but it also prevents your baked goods from feeling too ‘cakey’ like a dust of flour would give.