Baking Tips and Hacks That Are Worth Trying
Baking has always been a fun activity. It is, after all, an enjoyable pastime and a business that can be enjoyed with your family members. You may have been baking for a long time now, or you may be among the few who recently opened their oven and tried it. Or you are stuck at home and in quarantine, and you are looking for new activities to busy yourself with. So whether you're just trying out baking or have been into it for a long time, here are some excellent baking tips and hacks you should try for a cleaner, quicker, and more hassle-free baking experience!
Easier cookie cutting
Do you know when your cookie dough tears as you try to pull off your cookie cutters? For a much easier cookie cutting, dip your cookie cutter in flour before cutting your dough. This prevents the mixture from sticking too much to the cutter and with less resistance.
Soften your butter
Baking is no stranger to butter, and when the recipe requires room temperature butter, try this smart hack to soften a stick of butter quickly. Place the stick of butter inside a ziplock bag, seal it, and use a rolling pin to flatten it. When the butter is already reduced to a thin layer, you may scoop the butter with a rubber spatula.
Grate your butter
Here's the secret for buttery and flaky biscuits and pie crusts: make sure that the right amount of butter is equally distributed. To ensure this, use a cheese grater to grate your butter to tinier bits before adding it to other recipes.
You may still haven't mastered the art of cracking eggs. It might be tricky to scoop out small pieces of eggshells. To easier remove those smaller eggshells, use the rest of the eggshells to scoop out the small ones.
For a fluffier whipped cream
If you want to make your whipped cream fluffier, make sure to chill your beaters and bowl beforehand. Chilled equipment and cold cream result in fluffier whipped cream. You'll have that stiff peak you're looking for!
Remove air bubbles from the batter.
To achieve that perfect cheesecake consistency, gently tap your pan of batter onto your countertop before putting them into the oven. This will remove the air bubbles in your recipe so that they will not be trapped in the dough. You can also do these with your cookies after taking them out of the oven. This will help your cookies to settle faster.
For that picture-perfect cupcakes
Baking may be quite hard to nail on your first few attempts, but once you do get the hang of it and nail the sweet spot, you want to snap a pic! To achieve the Instagram-worthy shots, coat in cooking spray an ice cream scoop and use it to scoop the cupcake batter into the liners.
More mayo, more moisture
Don't freak out, but mayonnaise, which is mostly made of eggs and oil, is the secret ingredient to make your boxed cakes more delicious and moist. Add a dollop of mayo onto your cake batter. And no, it wouldn't affect the taste of your cake.
Perfectly sliced desserts
To go alongside the Instagram-worthy shots of your cupcakes, a perfectly sliced cake also has a spot in your Instagram feed! To pull this off, run a hot knife under hot water, wipe the water off, and get into slicing! You can also do this as well to your pies and brownies!
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