I started my baking journey somewhere obviously and like everyone out there who is just beginning to test their baking skills, I have failed numerous times but all that matters today is how I got back up and didn’t lose my patience or my whisk, haha!!
So here are some basic and important tips for you guys:1. Stick to recipe
The first and foremost thing you should remember, 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 a 180 degree Celsius, do that! If it asks you to strain the 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.
2. Make sure your ingredients are at room temperature before
Room temperature matters! You want room-temp ingredients for consistency in your recipes. Most call for beating butter and sugar together. This is easiest and creates nice fluffy baked goods when butter is room temp. Adding cold eggs to your butter-sugar mixture means all your hard work down the drain. It will make ingredients 'seize' into chunks which never fully mix with your dry ingredients. The result is sugary butter blowouts as I like to call them instead of light, even crumbed baked goods.
3. Use ice cream scoop for cookies
When baking cookies, ensure that your cookie dough is firm and cold and use an ice cream scooper to put it onto the baking tray. An ice cream scooper will ensure that most of your cookies are blossoming into one size only and will also save you from a lot of stress and dirty hands.
4.Taking out sticky ingredient from measuring cups
I use sticky ingredients like honey and peanut butter in a lotttt of my recipes. But, measuring them is indeed a pain.
In order to get them out completely and without hassle, preferably spray or oil your measuring cup before proceeding with measuring such ingredients and always use a silicone spatula to completely take out all the remnants in the cup.
5. Don’t give Up!!
This is the most important tip that I’d like to share. Please embrace all the flaws and faults that made baking a failed attempt and be rest assured that the next time, you’re only going to grow as a baker. Mistakes do not inhibit your growth, they’re actually a milestone that you’re almost there and you need to carry on and not give up and run. Understand the fact that things will go wrong and there are absolutely zero things wrong with this. Keep trying!!
Snap a photo for Instagram, mix the layers together, and drink up!! (Don't forget to tag us @mixeurin)
Blog by Shrey Uttarwar (Follow him on Instagram - @ferb_2122)