We all know baking is supposed to be fun, but you also probably know that it can get frustrating when environmental factors affect your ingredients, you run out of time, or you just don’t have enough hands. These tricks will solve common road bumps and help you improve the quality of your baked goods.
• Keep lumps out of sugar by storing it with an orange peel or, get this— marshmallows! The pillowy sweet treat will keep moisture from creating chunks of built-up sugar.
• Measure ingredients (especially flour) by weight for the most exact measurements and best results.
• Coat add-in ingredients, like fruit, nuts and chocolate chips, in flour before adding them to dough to ensure even distribution of the pieces. No one likes a bottom-heavy chocolate chip muffin.
• Sifting your flour, though seemingly small and tedious, can actually make a big difference. Sifting helps with better mixture of ingredients throughout the dough, and improves overall quality. If you don’t have a crank or squeeze sifter, put your flour in a strainer and use a spoon to sift it through the tiny holes.
• DIY brown sugar in a pinch by combining granulated white sugar and two tablespoons of molasses per cup of sugar.
• Make sure to cream butter and sugar together in your Nutrimill Artiste until the mixture is pale and fluffy, rather than lumpy with spots of yellow.
• Heat citrus for just five to 10 seconds in the microwave before juicing. Warm citrus releases more juice when it’s warm, so these few seconds can make juicing “easy peasy lemon squeezy!”
Baking and Storage Tips
• Take your cookies out when just the edges have started to brown. This makes for crisp edges and a soft center. Any longer could result in rock-hard saucer-like cookies.
• Finally find a use for those end pieces of sliced bread that no one wants! Bread slices can keep cookies and cakes soft and fresh. Stick a slice of bread on the open end of a cut cake using a toothpick to seal in just the right amount of moisture. Keep cookies fresh by throwing a bread slice into an airtight container along with them.
• Never lose another brownie, lemon bar, or slice of cake due to a clingy knife! For clean-cut slices, run your knife under hot water for a few seconds and dry it off before use. The residual heat on the metal will make cutting soft baked goods clean and easy.
Even the most seasoned bakers can enjoy these quick and simple hacks. Give them a try the next time you’re in the kitchen for practically perfect baked goods!