Trying baking for the first time? These tips can help
Baking is an art, which can be perfected with practice. To whip up some of your favorite treats at home, baking is the way to go. You have to be patient and give it some time. If you have just started baking (possibly due to the extra time in hand in this pandemic), these are the things you need to keep in mind.
Stick to the recipes, follow the instructions diligently
Until you become good enough to create your own recipes, stick to the ones you have found in a cookbook. Along with the quantity of the basic ingredients, follow the instructions too. If it asks you to preheat your oven to a 180°C, or sift your flour, do that without making any alteration. Follow each step in the order given in the recipe.
Keep everything you might need in front of you beforehand
If you don't want to go around frantically searching your fridge or kitchen cabinets after you have started the process, keep everything you might need in front of you. For this, following the first step is important. Find the ingredients and equipment you might need and set them out beforehand. Measure all the ingredients properly by using the required instruments to avoid any confusion.
Use parchment paper or silicon baking mats
While oiling or dusting with flour can also do the trick, use parchment paper or silicon baking mat while baking. Doing this is important if you don't want your cake, cookies et al to get stuck on the pan. This trick is used by most bakers and chefs to ensure that the food gets extracted from the pan without ruining its structure.
Invest in the right equipment to ensure a smooth process
Do your research before buying baking equipment. This can speed up your baking process. For example, a good mixer can make your batter more smooth. Baking-friendly utensils along with proper measuring cups can help you follow the recipe correctly. A non-stick cooling rack will ensure that the cooling happens without the food getting stuck on the rack.
Some additional tricks to keep in mind while baking
Get ingredients of the highest quality possible and ensure that they are at room temperature before you start. Grate your cold butter to make it smooth. To see if the cake is done, check it with a toothpick. Fill the cake pans up to 2/3rd level. The batter will need space to expand. Don't crowd your oven with multiple pans to avoid uneven baking.