Baking is as easy as fancy it sounds. At first, everyone is nervous about it but as you keep baking, your skills improve and you start enjoying it. You just need to be patient and strong enough to see your efforts fail a couple of times.
Some people get it correct in the first time but most do not. So do not fret as you are not alone. Follow the simple steps in this article to be well prepared for any kind of baking.
The Rule of Thumb –”STICK TO THE RECIPE”
Whatever you are baking just follow the recipe in the exact fashion as is told. You need to add the right ingredients, in the right proportion, at the right time and in the right way.
The correct appliances and tools are highly essential for baking a perfect dish. You need to identify your needs and choose from the vast variety of tools and equipment available in the market. The following are a few basics you would require-
There are a number of ovens available in the market belonging to various brands. You need to choose a one that best suits your requirement. My oven does baking, roasting and grilling and is the kind that is suitable for my family.
One doesn’t put so much effort into the preparation of a dish just to see it stuck onto the baking tray. You need to have a range of non-stick cookware that allows the cake or pie to slide out with ease. My favourites are silicone moulds or springform tins.
You won’t need to use a parchment paper for these but to be on the safer side, just spread a couple of drops of vegetable oil in the pan and sprinkle some flour over it.
Measuring cups and spoons
As I said, you need to exactly follow the recipe and for that you need to have the correct measurements of your ingredients. Buy a set of measuring cups (for both liquid and dry ingredients) and measuring spoons. These are easily available in the market
For recipes that involve the measurement of ingredients in grams or ounces or any other units, you need to have a digital scale. Get a medium range scale which measures in grams.
Spatula and wooden spoon
A spatula is a wonderful tool! It scrapes off the tiniest bits of the mixture and doesn’t let anything go waste. A wooden spoon must already be present in your kitchen so you need not buy a new one.
You need to transfer cakes and cookies onto a cooling rack once you pop them out of the oven. This is an essential step which must not be avoided otherwise the cakes and cookies would have soggy bottoms.
Sifter, rolling pin, aluminium foil and mixing bowls
These are a few things that have little but important role to play in the baking process and they are probably already present in your kitchen!
The ingredients must be properly mixed to attain the perfect consistency like; a cake mixture must be light to get the sponginess. For this, you need a good mixer. A good mixer need not be an electric one. It totally depends on the recipe you are following. For example, a muffin batter can be ruined in an electric stand mixer due to over-mixing; so it’s better to use a whisk or a handheld mixer for better control. On the other hand, cake batters and icings can be prepared using an electric stand mixer.
Baking requires very basic ingredients that are probably already present in your pantry. The following is the list of a few ingredients that can be used for baking most of the dishes-
• All purpose flour
• Baking Powder
• Baking Soda
• Brown Sugar
• Caster Sugar
• Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
• Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
• Vegetable Oil
• Eggs or condensed milk for eggless recipes
• Unsalted Butter
• Vanilla Extract
Once you have all these supplies, you are all set to bake the recipe you had your eye on since a very long time. So go ahead and overcome your fears! Happy Baking!