Teaching your children how to cook and bake is one of the most important lessons that you can pass on. When you have a kitchen that is outfitted with silicone bakeware and the Silpat baking mat, the job is even easier. Silpat baking mats allow your children to successfully create baked goods without sticking or even greasing the pans and cookie sheets.
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!
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.
When learning to bake, I was quite confused about the brand of the oven to be purchased. Is it better to buy the best oven or will a basic model suffice? Not knowing whether I would be able to learn to bake properly and also in a bid to learn to bake in a cost-effective manner, I purchased a basic oven. I must say this basic oven has always given great results. It is simple to use and I know how it functions.
Once you become a master at the muffin, try out something with a raised dough, like an Irish soda bread. The baking classes online will explain to you how to get the ingredients prepared, join them together using the biscuit method, how to work the dough, and how to glaze, flour, shape and bake the bread for a archetypal result.
When baking cakes and cookies, be sure to sift the dry ingredients before use, even if the flour says pre-sifted. This is important because the flour will compact and settle during shipping and storage.
These are just 10 great uses of many-and there are a lot of other uses that I plan to use in the near future. For instance, sprinkling baking soda on the soil around tomato plants is supposed to make your homegrown tomatoes taste sweeter.