“Cooking and baking is both physical and mental therapy.” You might relate to this quote like nothing else. Whenever you start whipping up a recipe, you might feel an adrenaline rush or an equal amount of happiness. However, this might not be the same experience for people who struggle with it. From lack of kitchen appliances to lack of general knowledge, you can easily butcher a baking experience.
The thing is, we have all been there. You’re in the middle of baking a cake and you run out of a key ingredient. You’re mixing ingredients and end up with more on you and on your counter than in the mixing bowl. Baking can be a headache, but it really doesn’t have to be. To ease your baking-induced stress, you can turn to some backing hacks.
Here are some you can easily follow at home:
Go For Moist Cookies
First, make sure to let your cookies cool completely to the touch before you store them. Then hold your different varieties of cookies in separate containers. Otherwise, your soft cookies will moisten your crisp cookies.
To keep crispy cookies crisp, store with a piece of bread and soft cookies moist and chewy, store with a piece of an apple wedge, and then just make sure to store in an airtight container. And if your cookies start to get soggy and you’re ready to eat, it’s no problem at all; crisp them up in a 300°F oven for five minutes and allow them to crisp right back up.
Don’t Feel Guilty To Ease It Out
Baking is an art; a simple mistake in the quantity of the recipe means a flopped cake. All these are not a matter of the failure of the oven, but it’s in the quantity of the recipe. The ingredients may be too many for you, or the process may be too complex for your skills.
If you are a beginner, save you all that stress. Get cake mix flour and the liquid, either water or milk, depending on instructions, and just bake. Enjoy your cake. There is no harm in trying your hands in baking.
Use these simple hacks to save time and money, for they come in handy to replace essential kitchen appliances and ingredients that may shatter your dream of eating a homemade pastry.
Warm Butter Quicker With A Trick
Many recipes require softened butter (not slightly melted butter), especially for the creaming method. Softening butter in the microwave usually results in melted butter (if you’re not careful) and I find that this trick works the best (plus, I don’t have a microwave).
To do this, place desired amount of butter on a plate. Warm a glass (or small bowl) by filling it with hot water and let it sit for a minute or so. Empty and dry well with a t-towel and place over the butter until ready to use.
Learn How To Bake Without An Oven
If you’re looking for a low-mess, low-key way to bake your favorite cookies, cakes, and cupcakes, use your air fryer, Instant Pot, or Crock-Pot. These handy kitchen essentials are for more than just great dinners and snacks — you can use them for your cake, cupcakes, and cookies too!
This is also a perfect tip to use when you have limited kitchen appliances at home a list-full of dishes is impossible to get done at once. Learning how to adjust your process and tools will give you an edge to adapt to different occasions anytime and anywhere.
The first and foremost thing you should be remembering, besides the basic ingredients to your recipe, is to always and no matter what blindly follow the given recipe. If it asks you to preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius, do that. If it asks you to sift your flour, do that.
Follow each step and in the respective order, the recipe is asking you to. Dessert recipes are actually simple to follow and they have been tried and tested before being posted, so trust that the order holds a lot of significance. Sticking to recipes is a favor you’ll be doing to your own self!
Baking can be tricky, but with a few easy tips, you can create delicious desserts at home. The skills you need to say, roast a chicken or grill a burger are very different than the ones you need to master a homemade cake or pie. But don’t let baking intimidate you. Try these tips in your kitchen and you’ll be surprised with just how fuss-free baking can be.
Many bakers would say that baking is a science. It requires accurate measurements and timing in order to produce perfectly moist red velvet cupcakes. They are not far from it. The steps to achieving perfectly baked goods are not hard, but they are precise. But once you get to learn of these baking tips, your pastries will never taste the same again.