13 Baking Tips That Will Make Anyone LOOK Like A Skilled Baker

13 Baking Tips That Will Make Anyone LOOK Like A Skilled Baker

13 Baking Tips That Will Make Anyone LOOK Like A Skilled Baker

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I love to bake, but I will let you in on a little secret. I SUCK AT IT! You have to give me 10/10 for trying though, right? I have been baking trying to bake for over 10 years. I have compiled 13 little tips and tricks I have used over this time period that even the most unskilled bakers like myself can use to at least look good in the kitchen.

Buttermilk

Buttermilk is so valuable when baking because it tends to make pastries and bread fluffy, fuller, and tastier. I used buttermilk when making pancakes and they are delicious. Did you know that you can make your own buttermilk for cheap? Simply mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or plain vinegar with 1 cup of regular milk and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes.

Gluten-Free Oat Flour

Most supermarkets have some gluten-free options, but many don’t have a wide range of options in the flour section. If this is the case where you live, make your own. Gluten-free oat flour is really simple to make. Just purchase gluten-free oats, place them in your blender, and blend until you have a fine powder. This kind of flour is great for all kinds of recipes. My wife makes this flower on a regular basis.

Eggs

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Isn’t it frustrating when a recipe calls for room temperature eggs. Recipes call for room temperature eggs because they tend to whip better. Don’t worry though, if you forget to lay your eggs out, cold eggs can easily be brought to room temperature by adding them to a bowl of warm water for 5 to 10 minutes. Don’t worry, it won’t cook them.

Makeshift Rolling Pin

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I personally don’t own a rolling pin. However, this has never affected my baking because a great way to save on space and to keep your drawers de-cluttered is to use an old wine bottle instead. Be sure to peel off the label and clean the residue on the bottle before using it on your dough. If you cannot get the residue off the bottle place a piece of wax paper on your dough and roll.

Easy Home-Made Cake

If you have a party coming up or just want to impress your partner, it is possible to make a boxed cake taste like home-made cake. This is probably my most favorite tip of this article because I love to bake and I like people to think that my cakes are home-made. Simply add one more egg than the recipe calls for, use melted butter instead of oil, and use milk instead of water. If you’re feeling cheeky, use heavy whipping cream.

How To Avoid Flat Cakes

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When you bake do you ever produce flat cakes? I know I do. There is one simple piece of advice that I think we are all guilty of. Do not open the oven door while baking. The cool air causes the center to sink, and that’s how your cakes turn up flat with tougher edges. Instead, use your oven’s light to check the cake.

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