Baking is a form of art that is admired by many and loved by all. I love baking and have a passion for it. One ingredient that is widely underestimated in baking is sunflower oil. If you have baked a cake before, you will know that the type of oil you use can be the difference as to whether your cake will rise or fall.
Use a clean dry baking pan. Place it on a clean sheet of butter paper and trace an area as big as the base of the pan. Cut a bit inside the marked area. Keep the cut out butter paper aside to be used later as a liner for the selected baking pan. To save myself the hassle of tracing and cutting the butter paper, I simply use the paper sheets in which butter comes wrapped.
NATURAL MOUTHWASH. It even works as a great mouthwash. When my twins were born, they had to stay in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) for 6 weeks. It was a very stressful and tiring time and I drank a ton of coffee just to stay awake and (somewhat) alert. To combat the resulting bad breath, I rinsed my mouth with a baking soda/water solution (1 teaspoon per 2 ounces) several times a day. It works!
The main spices that you will use are cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg. These are items that you will want to stock. If you plan on baking anything with pumpkin, you can invest in those spices as you need them. The most important flavoring you will need is vanilla extract. You will use this frequently. You can purchase imitation, but for the best flavor, splurge on the higher quality vanilla if you can. You will find that an occasional baking recipe will call for a different flavoring other than vanilla. Purchase those when you need them.
The first thing to consider is size. The difference in the size of the baking pan determines the volume of batter the pan can hold. It is important that you use the right size of pan for the dish you are preparing. For example, if you use a pan that is too big, it will cause the depth of the batter to be shallower. This, in turn, causes the batter to bake more quickly, and will throw off the cooking times, and even the consistency of the end result.
The problem with typical metal pans is the distribution of heat. Metals absorb heat and do not always evenly distribute the heat on the surface of the pan which transfers to the foods on the pan. The silicone material does not absorb heat, instead it distributes heat on the surface of the baking pan which translates to an even result on the foods that are cooked on the pan.
By now, I think you’re equipped to handle baking quite well. Follow these simple, easy to follow steps and before you know it, you’ll have turned into a master baker. Good Luck with that!