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Healthy Holiday Baking

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.

Another important benefit of measuring ingredients by weight is that you will be able to read bread formulas easily and understand if it is properly designed before doing anything. You can’t do this with volume measurements. It just doesn’t work. This is the key to being able to add any ingredient you want to your bread, be it an ancient grain, sunflower seeds, nuts, sugar, oil etc., and knowing it will work. You will be creating great bread and eliminating a significant amount of guess work.

You may roll your eyes and think, “Oh great, another one of those home remedies. What’s next? Rubbing deli meat all over my knee caps?” But trust me; this is not some far-out-there-patchouli-oil-drenched sort of remedy. This is science. Baking soda is a component of the mineral natron and is found in many natural mineral springs. It is weakly alkaline which means it’s quite handy at neutralizing those things it comes in contact with. For instance: your skin, hair, and mouth. This neutralization process does wonders for many common beauty complaints.

Rinse the Area with Water – With the stain and odor gone, the last step is for you to rinse the stained area with clean water and then drying it up using clean towels or rags. This removes any residue that may be left behind.

It has a high temperature control. This type of oil has a high threshold for temperature. It can withstand the heat at which baking occurs so it is well suited for high temperatures. Many oils become unhealthy at high temperature but this oil remains consistent.

Convection ovens are specifically manufactured for loaves of bread and cakes. These ovens operate with fans on the inside that circulate the heat for even baking. These ovens are more affordable than most other oven. They are also much easier to use as they are similar to a normal oven. If you buy and electrical oven, you would not need to add a cooker hood as you would with the gas oven.

Measuring cups. There are different measuring cups for dry and liquid ingredients. Using a dry measure is recommended over a measuring cup for wet ingredients when measuring flour and sugars. A wet measure is usually the glass types with demarcations to indicate amounts while the dry measures are usually plastic or metal and are meant to be filled up and leveled off. Measuring spoons can be used for both liquid and dry.

I highly recommend Baking for Today to all baking enthusiasts out there. If you are a beginner then this cookbook is a must for you. Seasoned bakers will also get some good things out of this book.