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Simple Cooking And Baking Tips

Cooking Made Simple With Tips Anyone Can Use

Many individuals view cooking as a peaceful and fulfilling activity. Filling your kitchen with fresh ingredients and vibrant smells is guaranteed to brighten your mood. Yet, finding the right tips and recipes to prepare a perfect meal might be difficult. This article can help you make a great meal.

Get a cookbook with easy recipes or a specific theme you find interesting to get you started. Try looking online or to your local library or bookstore. Try a few recipes, and be patient with yourself as you are mastering this new skill.

Cakes

To keep your cakes from falling flat, mix dense batters by hand with a wooden spoon. Electric mixers beat too much air into the batter, causing the cakes to fall when they are baked. Meanwhile, by using a wooden spoon to gently mix thick batters like carrot cake you protect the consistency of the batter from absorbing too much air.

Make Johnny cakes for a treat at home or in camp! All you need is flour, baking powder (the kind that comes in a can, not baking soda that comes in a box), and cooking oil. Mix about a teaspoon of baking powder thoroughly into a cup of flour. Add enough water to make a thick batter. Pour it into a hot greased skillet, and fry the cakes like you would a hot cake.

Baking

Before you start cooking or baking make sure you have all the ingredients gathered together. This will save you time and prevent cooking mishaps. You’ll have a better product in the end.

If you are making pastries, you should try to maximize the accuracy of your measurements as it is a very exact science. By adding one gram too much or too less, you are going to put the taste of your pastry in jeopardy. Always try to be precise when baking.

Cupcakes

If you have a cup of coffee left over from breakfast, try adding it to baked goods. Coffee imparts a deep, smoky flavor that pairs especially well with chocolate. Use the flavors together in cake, cookies, or cupcakes. Serve them with mocha or caramel ice cream for a great taste combination.

To save time while baking, but still be creative, start with a mix and add your own flair. By starting with a mix, you save the time of measuring and combining all the standard ingredients like flour and sugar. However, instead of looking at the mix as the finished product, think of it as your jumping off point. Add blueberries or corn kernels to cornbread, or jams and sprinkles to cupcakes for a burst of flavor.

Chocolate

For the most beautiful homemade chocolate chip cookies, do not add all of the chocolate morsels into the mix! Save about a quarter of what your recipe calls for until after the cookies are all arranged on the cooking sheet, then add them evenly to the tops of the dough drops to create bakery looking, perfect chocolate chip cookies!

Brownies made for a bake sale are much more enticing when potential buyers can see what goodies are in them. To accomplish this task, when the pan of brownies has about eight minutes left of baking time, remove the pan from the oven, cover the top with a layer of miniature marshmallows and then sprinkle chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, nuts, caramel chunks and anything else you like to add to your brownies on top of the marshmallows. Put the pan back into the oven for the final few minutes of baking to allow the marshmallows to soften and toast and give time for the chips to melt. When the pan comes out, you will have an irresistible pan of brownies that look as good as they taste.

As this article has discussed, cooking is revered by many as an excellent and enjoyable hobby. However, some people don’t know where to start, in terms of picking the right recipes or using the proper techniques. Follow this article’s advice and you will be on your way to cooking great food.

Nordic Ware Cake Lifter

Nordic Ware Cake Lifter, 10-Inches


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Nordic Ware Cake Lifter

Now here is a genius little idea!  Have you ever spent hours decorating a cake, and then wondered how you were going to lift it onto your cake stand?! Or how about cutting your cake into think layers, and worrying about them falling to pieces once you try to move them?  Well then this is the gadget for you!

This cake lifter is 10″ in diameter, and it’s non-stick coating makes it easy to clean.

So what do reviewers say? The vast majority gave this product 5 stars!

The Good

The most frequent positive aspect of this cake lifter that is mentioned is how sturdy it is.  But at the same time, thin enough to easily slip it underneath the cake to lift it.

The non-stick coating also seems to work very well, and many people said that it is easy to clean in hot, soapy water.

The Not So Good

One slight negative was that it can be a little hard to store because of it’s size.  A folding handle could have been a better solution perhaps? Or maybe this would compromise the sturdy nature of the cake lifter?

Tips On Using the Nordic Ware Cake Lifter

Spray the cake lifter with a little bit of cooking spray before using to ensure that the cake slides off easily.

Great for lifting pizzas too! And flipping pancakes.  And turning and serving quesadillas. And lifting cookie dough onto a baking sheet.

Have you got any more ideas for what this cake lifter could be used for?

Reviews of Wilton Hello Kitty Pan

Wilton Hello Kitty Cake Pan


New From: $9.60 USD In Stock

Review of Wilton Hello Kitty Pan

There isn’t too much detail I can give about this Wilton Hello Kitty Pan – its a cake pan in the shape of Hello Kitty!  Every little girl seems to love Hello Kitty, so this pan is always going to be very popular.  Once you have the pan to make the correct cake shape, it can be very versatile and can be decorated in many different ways – not just as Hello Kitty.

So what do real customers say about the Wilton Hello Kitty Pan?

The Good

Customers liked the fact that the cake cooked evenly in the pan.  People also appreciated the detailed instructions that were included, as they gave lots of decorating tips on how to finish the cake.

Most users said that the pan was very easy to use, and produced really professional looking results.

The Not So Good

A few customers were disappointed in the feel of the pan.  They felt that it was quite thin aluminium and could have been more sturdy.

Another customer warned that the edges can be quite sharp, so handle with care!

Other customers recommended that you make sure to grease the pan very well so that the cake doesn’t get stuck.

Conclusion

A must have addition to your kitchen if you have special occasion cakes to make for little girls!

Review Of Wiltons 50 Piece Caddy and Decorating Set

Wiltons 50 Piece Caddy and Decorating Set

This Wiltons 50 piece caddy and decorating set would make a wonderful gift for the Cake Decorator in your life!  Not only do you get a really useful caddy for storing, organizing and transporting all of your Sugarcraft kit, but you get a caddy full of great Wilton’s items too!

So what does this kit include? (amazingly, Amazon don’t include this in the product description, but one of the reviewers, kindly provides a comprehensive list!  You can also find the same list on the Wilton site.)

Tips:
Standard Round Tips #2, 3, 5, 7, 12
Standard Open Star Tips #16, 18, 21, 32
Standard Basketweave Tip #47
Standard Leaf Tip #67
Standard Petal Tips #101, 103, 104
Drop Flower Tips #133, 225
Multi-Opening Tip #233
Leaf Tip #352
Tip #2004 (2D)

Colors (four .5 oz. Icing Colors):
Lemon Yellow, Christmas Red, Royal Blue, Leaf Green

No. 7 Flower Nail
18 Disposable Bags
1 10 in. Soft Touch Bag
Tip Brush
Decorator Brush
2 Standard Couplers
8 in. Angled Comfort Grip Spatula
Practice Board
New Cake Decorating Beginner’s Guide

… So basically the Wiltons 50 piece caddy and decorating set contains everything you need to get started and decorate your cake.

So the next thing is – is it any good?!  Lets ask some of the reviewers..

The Good

Most people said that this kit contains all of the basics that you need to get started, and makes it cheaper than buying each of the items individually.  They also comment on the fact that the caddy is big enough to fit a lot of extras, and this makes it very useful to store and carry all of your must have items.

Another positive that keeps coming up is that the instruction guide is very useful and easy to follow for beginners.

The Not So Good

One cake decorator was very happy with the kit, apart from the pastel colors of the caddy, and the fact that some of the longer/larger Wilton tips don’t fit in the case and allow it to close.

Conclusion

Overall, it seems that an overwhelming majority of people that bought this caddy as a gift or for themselves were more than happy with it.  It would make a PERFECT gift for someone who likes to make cakes, and would like to get started in cake decorating.

Review of OXO Good Grips Scraper and Chopper

OXO Good Grips Multi-purpose Stainless Steel Scraper & Chopper


Review of Oxo Good Grips Scraper and Chopper

This little Oxo Good Grips Scraper and Chopper gadget has been a best seller on Amazon for quite a long time.  With over 200 customer reviews, I got curious about why this is so popular.

It seems that there are many uses for this tool, from working dough on a board, to scraping, chopping, crushing and even measuring!  The handle is designed with comfort in mind (hence the name!), and it is easy to use and easy to clean.

So what do real customers say in their reviews about the Oxo Good Grips Scraper and Chopper?

The Good

Customers really seem to appreciate the measurements that are etched into the blade.  They can be used to measure dough thickness, brownie sizes or ingredient amounts.

There are also many comments on the sturdy, durable construction, the comfortable handle, and the ease of cleaning in the dishwasher!

The Not So Good

A small minority of people found the handle uncomfortable, and there were a couple of comments from people who said that the blade was too flimsy. Two (out of the 200) also commented that their product rusted.

Tips From Customers

Use for measuring dough thickness; creating perfect squares; drawing straight lines; chopping onions; cutting herbs; scraping chopping boards; dicing. There seems to be no end of uses!

One customer even said that the measuring lines have eliminated arguments from her kids over who got the biggest piece!

Conclusion

This sounds like a great piece of kit to have in every kitchen! From the many and great reviews, most customers seem to be extremely happy with it.  I might just have to get one of these Oxo Good Grips Scraper and Chopper gadgets myself!

 

 

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