The following are some of the basic tools you will need to get started baking bread. If you start to get into more advanced bread formulas and styles additional tools may be needed but for now these tools will get you off the ground and started with creating your own bread!
Baking Chocolate – You can use cocoa instead of baking chocolate by substituting 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon butter or margarine for each 1 ounce square of baking chocolate.
Slowing down is good and should be an enjoyable factor, not an annoying factor. So much of life is rushed. There is a constant pursuit in society after what brings instant gratification. Baking puts a halt on instant gratification and frenetic activity. We have to slow down, watch, read, and notice and pay attention to the ingredients, to the smells, to the way the batter forms between our fingers or in the blender. The more attuned we become at baking, at noticing how different ingredients react and act together, the better bakers we will be.
It can’t be used as a substitute for baking powder. If you do, the cake (or whatever) won’t rise and will have a horrible soapy taste as the heating process turns the baking soda to washing soda. However, if you have something acidic in the mixture such as yoghurt or vinegar, then the mixture will rise. Alternatively, you can make your own baking powder by combining 1 measure of baking soda with 2 measures of citric or tartaric acid.
Children learn how to bake by watching their parents. Bring the kids into the kitchen with you the next time you plan to make some wonderful baked goodies. This is a wonderful chance to teach your children how to bake while spending some fun time in the kitchen. Not only will you be giving your children some useful tips on how to bake, but you will also be creating some special memories as well.
You will learn how to perform each step from a professional. There are specifics when it comes to making the dough, storing it, rolling the dough, cutting, baking, glazing and finishing your cake with the perfect decorative elements. Some courses have a few additional skills added to the curriculum. Go carefully over the items included in the course to make sure it is the right one for you.
You can’t use it as flea powder for cats and dogs. However, pet owners should make use of the smell-removing properties of baking soda. If your pet has had an accident after being shut in the house by mistake, baking soda will remove any lingering smells – even the ones you can’t smell – from the crime scene so the offending animal doesn’t get the idea that because that place smells like pee, it’s acceptable to pee there. It can be used to deodorise kitty litter trays and to absorb smells in the refrigerator, which is where most of us keep cat food and dog food. For a natural flea repellent, get hold of some pennyroyal (either the plant or the oil) and rub it liberally over your pet’s fur.
What is exactly the purpose of baking soda being listed as a common bath salt ingredient? Well, this is something that you will particularly enjoy: the fizz factor. Baking soda mixed with homemade bath salts in the bathwater lead to fizzy water. Baking soda adds a nice fizzy effect to the salts as they are used in the nice hot bath. And, to me, fizzy equates to tingly.