Baking has become one of my favorite hobbies because of the delicious baked goods that I can make. Even before I got started baking, I have already been experimenting with the oven toaster by making a small batch of cookies. When I bought an oven, that’s when I had the chance to try out different recipes that I have dreamed of making.
Corn starch – You can substitute two tablespoons of flour for one tablespoon of cornstarch when it is used for thickening. This is try in recipes for baking as well. For thickening gravies, mix the flour and the fat, stirring until incorporated and continue to cook until the flour is lightly browned. Add the liquid and stir constantly. But that is another article.
For example, it took some time to be able to correctly identify active vs. yeast that had gone bad (either it was old or I killed it with too-hot water when mixing). I didn’t know what I was looking at for the first couple of times I experimented with it. It was so frustrating to have bread that did not rise!
If you want to make this a full time home based baking business, just make sure to maintain a healthy business life balance. It is very easy to maintain this type of business once you get used to how to run a business from home. You may also want to consider if you will get the assistance of family members who are able to work with you during their free time.
Fortunately for me, when I throw together all of my epsom salts with my chocolate essential oils, I only take a couple of whiffs before I know they are ready and I can pour them into a little glass jar.
When the temperature is too high you will get a cake that is overcooked on the outside and may not be completely cooked on the inside. The cake will be too dark. A dark cake doesn’t matter if it is frosted, at least as far a the look is concerned, but it can change the flavor of some high sugar cakes.
Of course if you are baking sans gluten, you have to add a substitute ingredient to hold things together. The best gluten substitute I know of is potato starch. Use about a tablespoon for each cup of gluten-free flour. Arrowroot starch is also a good alternative for baking and both of these starches are wonderful thickeners for sauces and soups.
All of these times in the kitchen together are creating future memories. For a few hours we stopped the rush of the Christmas season and enjoyed the simple pleasure of baking and enjoying each other. What a fabulous way to celebrate Christmas, the most wonderful time of the year.