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Top 10 Baking Tips

There is a lot to think about when it comes to baking or cooking, and now The Great British Bake Off is back on our screens, and after recently reading an article about the ‘Top baking fails’, it inspired me to research some handy baking tips for a successful bake.

  1. Wash your hands

It’s important to keep things clean before, after and throughout so as not to spread any dirt and bacteria when cooking.

  1. Wipe down surfaces

Before getting out your utensils and ingredients, clear all the surfaces and wipe them down well with an anti-bacterial spray.

  1. Invest in good equipment

You get what you pay for, and this statement is very true especially when it comes to cooking. Low quality bakeware can affect the outcome of whatever it is you are baking, so yes may be more expensive, but it will be a good investment if you are a keen baker.

  1. Grease tins well

There’s nothing worse than making a delicious cake, and when you go to take it out the tin for cooling, half of the bottom falls away. Make sure you grease your tins generously, or use some good baking paper.

  1. The icing on the cake

A tip from the queen of baking herself, Mary Berry; to create a thick layer of solid icing, cover the cake’s surface with jam. This acts like a foundation on which to layer the icing. Also, always use a high fat content, this binds the mixture together better.

  1. Wash everything well

When handling ingredients such as raw eggs, make sure you wash everything well to prevent any cross-contamination.

  1. Pay attention and don’t rush

When it comes to handling extremely hot items, make sure you pay attention and don’t rush. Rushing won’t make anything happen any quicker so take your time, follow the instructions, and make sure you complete every step.

  1. Use room temperature ingredients

Many recipes will involve creaming together butter and sugar as a main step. If you’ve ever tried it before, you will know how hard it is to get this going if the butter has come straight from the fridge. Near on impossible in the first instance. Using ingredients at room temperature makes the mixing and binding process much more efficient.

  1. Keep checking

Get to know your oven as many ovens vary. If your oven heats quickly you will not need to pre-heat before cooking, or your oven may have an area hotter than the rest therefore you will have to rotate your tray. Every minute counts so make sure you check throughout, especially at the halfway mark. A cake can go from perfectly cooked to overcooked in a matter of minutes.

  1. Let it cool

As tempting as it is to try and ice your cake straight away, definitely don’t do this! It will only end badly. Depending on the recipe and what you are baking, leave it to cool completely before handling. Some cakes / puddings will need to be removed from their tin as soon as it leaves the oven. Always check the instructions.

What is your biggest baking fail?

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