Sin-A-Mon Tales

A chronicle of my kitchen experiments, a little healthy a little indulgent

Baking Tips

So sometime back when we did Cooking tips a lot of people asked me for some baking tips on twitter as well as on mail so here is the copy paste of my twitter time line #BakingTips I did today

First and foremost its very important to preheat the oven just on the oven at the specified temp for 10 mins #BakingTips

if you are using a OTG at home heating at 10C more than required & reverting it to the required temp while baking works ideal #BakingTips

When making muffins don’t I repeat DONT overmix the batter u will get hard and tough muffins #BakingTips

Before starting to make the batter/dough for baking always make sure all the ingredients are at room temperature #BakingTips

Always seive the flour & baking powder together, it aerates the mixture + lets u remove the lumps double win #BakingTips

If the recipe asks for grilling always leave the over done slightly open a close door will result in baking of the veggie/meat #BakingTips

Want to keep baked goodies fresh longer keep a piece of small bread in the jar u store ur cookies it will absorb the moisture #BakingTips

while using muffin tray, dont have enough batter to fill all of them, fill the empty ones with water will ensure uniform baking #BakingTips

According to my exp Cookies are always best baked in the lower most rack though some people believe otherwise 🙂 #BakingTips

watch out your cookie while baking, it doesnt take more than 8 mins or so and 1 minute is the diff between a crisp & a burnt one #BakingTips

Dont have self raising flour make ur own – 2 1/2 tsp of baking pwd for 225gms of flour and its ready #BakingTips

If u are adding dried fruit to cake or bread batter coat it with plain flour and it will not sink to the bottom of the cake #BakingTips

Reduce the oven temperature by 25° when using glass or dark color baking dishes #BakingTips

Always grease and dust the pan well before baking, too much flour-oil will give a strange taste whereas less will make it stick #BakingTips

Also if baking a chocolate cake dust the baking tin with cocca powder rather than flour #BakingTips

Baking is a half science half art DONT experiment with andaaza measure all your ingredients #BakingTips

To speed up the softening of cold butter thinly slice it and let stand for about 10 minutes over a bowl of warm water #BakingTips

To make sure the cake comes out clean out of the tin wait for it to completely cool down I know its tough but required 🙂 #BakingTips

When whipping cream for the frosting of the cake make sure the bowl the beater blade and ofcourse the cream is chilled #BakingTips

It will bring it to the firm peks level faster. also dont overbeat it stop just when firm peaks are starting to get formed #BakingTips

For making Chocolate whipped cream – add 2 tbspn of coca + 2 tbspn of icing sugar + 1 cup of whipping cream & whip as usual #BakingTips

For making Coffee Whipped cream add 2 tbspn of strong coffee decotion to 1 cup of whipping cream & whip as usual #BakingTips

Never ever open the oven door for the first 10 mins when baking a cake/muffin it will sink after 10 mins its ur choice 🙂 #BakingTips

While we are talking about whipping lets talk about whipping eggs.. yes getting the meringue right its a art which can be learnt #BakingTips

1. Always use fresh egg whites for making #meringue old egg whites will collage when u fold other ingredients #BakingTips

2. Seperate white & yellow very well NEVER EVER let a yellow come in the white portion while making a #meringue #BakingTips

3. There should be no water or moisture in the bowl in which u are beating eggs for making #meringue #BakingTips

4. Add a pinhc or salt/vinegar to the eggs before u start beating & beat just till foamy. dont overbeat #meringue #BakingTips

Mixing of fat (butter/oil etc) with sugar can be done in various ways in baking – rubbing, creaming and whipping are the main #BakingTips

Rubbing – chilled fat is mixed into sugar to form a breadcumbs like mixture, used for breads and cookies more #BakingTips

Creaming – cream fat on the kitchen counter in circular motion till soft, add sugar slowly and continue creaming #BakingTips

Never full the baking dish to the full leave, fill it 2/3 and leave some space for the cake to rise #BakingTips

When baking cookies always line the baking tray with butter paper or parchment paper #BakingTips

Always bake the cake in the center rack of the oven #BakingTips

Cool baked goodies on the wire rack else the moisture from the bottom makes it soggy #BakingTips

In baking folding is a very important technique, its designed to combine ingredients without knocking air out of the mixture #BakingTips

  • Rubber spatulas work the best, always add the lighter mixture to the heavier mixture while folding #BakingTips
  • In a single action, run the spatula around the side, then along the base, of the bowl. Now fold the mixture over onto itself #BakingTips
  • Rotate the bowl 90°. Repeat until just combined. #BakingTips

PS : I also added a page called Tips and Tricks of the trade and I will be adding these tips there from here on

14 comments on “Baking Tips

  1. Srivalli
    January 19, 2011

    Great tips Mons..:)

  2. priya srinivasan
    January 19, 2011

    Great Help!!!

  3. Usha
    January 19, 2011

    Nice tips, Monika!

  4. Gayathri Kumar
    January 19, 2011

    Very Informative..

  5. Krithi Karthi
    January 19, 2011

    Wonderful tips..

  6. Treat and Trick
    January 19, 2011

    Very useful post! Thanks for sharing dear…

  7. Binpin
    January 19, 2011

    Very nice dear .loved the whipped cream tips as it was totally new to me!

  8. Jay
    January 19, 2011

    very useful tips…sounds interesting..
    visit mine sometime..
    Tasty appetite

  9. Priya
    January 20, 2011

    Useful tips,thanks for sharing..

  10. veena
    January 20, 2011

    wow!!!!!!!!that was great info, sure help to newbies like me. Thanks for sharing

  11. PJ
    January 20, 2011

    Very useful tips Monika

  12. Smitha
    January 20, 2011

    Monika, I so wish I had this list when I first started baking 🙂 I am going to bookmark it and pass it to all my friends who are starting baking !

  13. resep hiasan cupcake
    January 31, 2011

    cupcake Hey, could I quote some of the information from this blog if I reference you with a link back to your site? See ya Send via Iphone

  14. Buford Dumars
    February 10, 2011

    I just want to say I’m all new to blogs and honestly enjoyed you’re blog. Likely I’m planning to bookmark your blog post . You amazingly have outstanding stories. Cheers for sharing your web-site.

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