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Cooking Basics: Tips for Successful Baking

I have found that many people find baking to be intimidating. Even those that love to cook, often stay away from making baked goods like cakes, cookies, and breads.

Baking really is not hard, but baking is more of a science. There are reasons that things are done in baking.

I love to bake. In fact, I prefer to make bread or desserts over a main dish any day, but I know many of you do not like to bake, or are afraid to try to bake.

I have received many emails, comments, and questions about the how to’s and why’s of baking.  Because of this I decided to do several vlogs on tips to help you be successful when baking.

Today is part one.

I would love to hear your ideas on what you would like me to cover in this cooking basics series. Leave me a comment if you have suggestions.

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This post linked to Tutorial Tuesday.

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  1. I agree. Those directions are important. Also the part about starting and ending with the flour when you are alternating it with the buttermilk. I remember not doing that one time years ago and I could tell a difference in the consistency of the batter.
    .-= Linda´s last blog ..Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes =-.

  2. shannon says:

    Hi Lynn. This will be a great series, thanks! I LOVE baking but don’t know it all, yet 🙂
    1. I always wonder when to take something off the baking sheet (or in the pan, whatever) right away or leave it on for a couple minutes. Sometimes it seems helpful to leave it as is and other times things get too done if I leave it be.
    2. Also, any tips on what to use instead of cooling racks? I don’t own any and look at yard sales. Right now I just put things on my counter to cool.
    3. This may be too broad but how to substitute or when not to substitute healthier things. Such as whole wheat pastry for white flour, honey for sugar, etc..

  3. I can’t wait to look at this, when I get home, this evening! Baking is something I struggle with, so I know I’ll find this very helpful.

  4. How fun! Great tip. Maybe someday I’ll get brave and do a vlog…hmmm…not sure about that. How about something on pie crust!!! That is one thing I haven’t mastered.

  5. FoodontheTable says:

    Great idea to do a vlog series on this. My take away is that it is very important to follow the directions!

  6. I would love to see a video about making a white cake. How do you know when the egg whites have been beaten enough? Or too much? The two white cakes I have made (different recipes) both turned out very heavy and dense. 🙂

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