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5 Basic Baking Tips for Beginners
5 Basic Baking Tips for Beginners
January 9, 2013 • Posted by Christina Fong

If you’ve got an overactive sweet tooth, then it’s time to sharpen those baking skills for when those cravings unexpectedly creep up on you. Whether it’s your first time baking or you’re still getting the hang of it beyond the use of store-bought cake mixes, there are a few key tips to remember before jumping into the wonderful world of baking.

1. ALWAYS read the instructions before you begin. This way, you have a better understanding of the ingredients involved, the steps in which you must prepare your ingredients, and the amount of time required.

2. Always MEASURE the ingredients you’ll be using. Especially if it’s your first time baking, use the exact measurements provided in the recipe and adjust as needed for future batches. There’s more of a science to baking than there is to cooking.

3. Don’t forget to PREHEAT the oven! Baking with an initially cooler oven will yield undesirable results such as lack of rising, minimal browning, unusual textures, and longer bake times.

4. Do NOT overmix the batter. Doing so releases gluten (protein), which will give your baked goods a much tougher texture. Instead, mix until everything is just combined and the flour is no longer visible.

5. Let your finished product COOL in the pan/tray for about 10 minutes, possibly longer depending on what you baked, after removing it from the oven. You run the risk of having it fall apart if you remove it any earlier. This is particularly important for when you want to decorate cakes.

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January 11, 2013 10:50 AM
Thanks for the tips but my bread machine CBK-100 is sending a ERROR 1 code, what it means? - Raul
January 15, 2013 6:02 PM
Hi Raul, we're sorry to hear this! Please call customer service at 1-800-726-0190 for further assistance. Thanks! - Cuisinart Representative
June 6, 2013 8:11 PM
Freeze the cake after you baked it leave in the pans so much easier to frost whenever your ready too. I make everything from scratch. Sometimes I'm to tired after hours of baking so i freeze them. Use what you have instead of buying all the fancy cooking things you think you need to bake. You might start baking and find out you really don't like and you spent alot of money on big fancy items. I love baking from scratch not a box it alot of fun but time consuming. Good Luck - Madelyn
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