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Baking Tips - 21 Extraordinary Tips For Beginners!

Jan 22, 2008
Are you a beginner at baking? Getting cold feet about never having tried your hand at the culinary arts? Fear not, cooking is not as complicated as it sounds. It is only complicated when you have no idea about what you're doing. If you happen to be one of those people that needs help with cooking, here are some special cooking tips for you and voila! Before you know it, you'll be busy in the kitchen, rustling up a storm!

Tips for beginners

Here are a few cooking tips that'll help you prevent any kind of disaster in the kitchen.

Disaster Management

1. Always read the recipe thoroughly before embarking on the Herculean task of baking. This is of vital importance because it ensures that you have all the ingredients of your recipes up your sleeves before embarking on the task of actually cooking.

2. Check Expiry Dates. You don't want your cooking to be spoilt because of sheer carelessness.

3. Preheat the Oven with an oven thermometer. This should range from twenty-five degrees cooler to twenty five degrees warmer.

4. Make sure that the optimum temperature is obtained for the recipe.

5. Follow directions on adjusting oven racks and prepping baking sheets.

6. Measure ingredients accurately. In case of liquids, hold them up to the eye level.

7. Use the right Baking Pan. All your efforts will come to nought if you are using a bad baking pan.

8. To measure dry ingredients, over fill the container or baking pan that you are using and then level off with the flat edge of a knife.

9. Measure ingredients accurately. In case of liquids, hold them up to the eye level.

10. And last, but most certainly not the least, bake with love. If you pour your heart and soul into the baking, you're sure to come up with a winner.

Ingredients for Baking

1. When baking different things, different kinds of flour are used. For instance, wheat flour is important for all yeast bread but if you use wheat flour in yeast bread, it'll turn into a heavy cake and you sure don't want that.

2. Cake flour is also a good deal if you're baking a cake while the "all-purpose-flour", true to its name, can be used for almost anything and everything. It is a boon in disguise for all you Bakers out there!

3. Bleached and unbleached flours can be used interchangeably. You can put your brains aside for once because this time, you don't have to use your discretion and pick and choose what you have to use.

4. Always store flour in an airtight container, and keep it in a spot that is cool and dry for up to six months.

5. If you think baking powder and baking soda are interchangeable, get rid of this misconception immediately. They are not. Baking powder is a combination of baking soda and an acid. Its leavening power works only when it is mixed with wet ingredients and put into the oven.

6. In contrast, Baking Soda is nothing but Sodium Bicarbonate. When mixed with an acid like buttermilk, it produces carbon dioxide bubbles, making the baked goods light, airy and delicious.

Now handling chocolate is a different ball game altogether so an entire section has been dedicated on how to handle chocolate. Chocolate, as we all know is wonderful and melts in the mouth. But let us not forget that when we are baking something with chocolate in it, it can turn out to be an utter disaster if we are not aware of what we are doing.

Handling Chocolate

For handling chocolate, we have to first understand that there are different kinds of chocolate.

1. Various amounts of sugar are added to create bitter-sweet, semi-sweet and dark chocolate.

2. Milk Chocolate is dried milk powder, cocoa butter and added sugar.

3. Unsweetened cocoa is made from chocolate liquor with seventy five percent cocoa butter removed, then dried and ground into a paste.

4. When you melt chocolate, remember that it is easy to burn. So, always burn it over very low heat.

5. Depending on your convenience, you can choose to use the double boiler method, the microwave oven method or even the direct heat method.

By now, I think you're equipped to handle baking quite well. Follow these simple, easy to follow steps and before you know it, you'll have turned into a master baker. Good Luck with that!
About the Author
Abhishek is a cooking enthusiast! Visit his website http://www.Cooking-Guru.com and download his FREE Cooking Report "Master Chef Secrets" and learn some amazing Cooking tips and tricks for FREE! Learn how to create the perfect meal on a shoe-string budget. And yes, you get to keep all the accolades! But hurry, only limited Free copies available!
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