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.

Wilton Bake Easy Non-Stick Spray

Wilton Bake Easy Non-Stick Spray


New From: $3.49 USD In Stock

A very convenient solution to ensure that your cakes come out easily from your pans every time.  Forget messing with greasy pieces of kitchen paper or brushing on oil that pools in the crevices.

With just a light, even spray, your pans will be coated, and your cakes will be even and easier to decorate.

So is it really as good as all that? What do real customers say about it?

Pros

Many customers were pleasantly surprised by the results of the Bake Easy Spray, saying that the results were better than expected.  Once person said that she hadn’t had even one cake fail to come out of the pan perfectly.  She also said that it made the pan easier to clean which, of course is an added bonus!

Another plus mentioned by a customer is that as you just need a very light coating, the spray can lasts a long time.  This customer now uses this spray for all her baking.

One more advantage mentioned is that most cooking sprays mean that the outer crust of the cake cooks quicker and becomes thicker and creates more crumbs. Bake Easy prevents this from happening and produces a smooth and even surface to decorate.

It is also noteworthy that the spray does not contain hydrogenated oils.

Cons

One customer felt that the spray was unreliable and that lumps of cake stuck to the pan.  She said that other forms of greasing a pan were more reliable.

Reviews of Kuhn Rikon Cookie Press

Kuhn Rikon Clear Cookie Press


New From: $19.69 USD In Stock

Make hundreds of cool cookies in one easy session with this cookie press from Kuhn Rikon.  So light and easy that you can even use it one handed (left or right!). Simply choose one of the 14 discs, fill with cookie mixture, and press down to create perfectly uniform cookies in no time.

The clear container makes it simple to see when you need to refill the mixture. Some versions come with an extra barrel so you can fill up with cookie mixture and don’t have to stop mid flow.

It also seems to come with an adapter so that you can use standard icing tips to make it a really versatile kitchen gadget.

So easy that even the kids can use it!

Pros

One customer compared this product favorably to some more popular brands.  She said that it was far easier to clean, and much easier to use, even with one hand leaving the other hand free.

The results are professional looking cookies, and the dough comes out smoothly and evenly.

Cons 

One customer said that despite making fantastic cookies, it did not produce great results when used for frosting.

Some people felt that the cookies were too small (1.5″-2″).

A couple of other people found that the plastic ring was a bit flimsy and either popped off or broke.

Tips from Customers

The instructions say that you should chill the cookie sheets and not grease them, and this was agreed upon by customers!

Remember that the discs are not suitable for use in the dishwasher.

Ensure that your cookie dough is not too thick, or it will be very hard to squeeze the trigger, and the results wont be good.

Reviews of Linden Sweden Baker’s 4 Tier Cooling Rack

This product from the Linden Sweden range is something that is as versatile as it is useful.  Many people find that space is a very precious commodity in the kitchen – trust the country that invented Ikea to come up with more space saving solutions!

The black powder coated metal rack folds flat for when you are not using it.  The 4 shelves/tiers are height adjustable, and is sturdy enough to hold your baking while it cools.  You can use it to cool pizzas, cookies, cakes, and even other craft projects.

The rack is 13 inches tall when assembled, and folds flat to 20 x 10x 1 inch when you want to store it.

So what have the customers said about it? After reading the reviews, it makes me very tempted to get one myself!!

Pros

Overall, this baking rack gets fantastic reviews.  One thing that I would be concerned about would be whether it would be sturdy enough to hold 4 racks or trays without falling over, but according to the customers, it is very sturdy.  Even if you leave out the middle two tiers, it can remain sturdy.

Cons

You can’t use it for smaller round tins unless you put something else underneath it.

Some people found that the locking mechanism on the bottom was quite stiff, although this seemed to improve with use.

A couple of people also found that the bottom corners of the rack were very sharp, and would benefit from some tape or something just to take off the sharp bits. Bear this in mind of you have a counter top that could get damaged.

Tips from Customers

Use trays on tiers to lay out sheets of homemade pasta!

Buy two of the racks – one for precooked items, and one for cooling trays that have come out of the oven.

Don’t stack it with the heavier items on the top first without putting trays on the lower tiers – this gives it added stability.

Use this in your freezer for cookie sheets when you have to freeze a lot of items to save space.

Customer Reviews of Joseph Joseph Adjustable Rolling Pin

Joseph Joseph Adjustable Rolling Pin, Green


New From: $59.99 USD In Stock

As innovative and imaginative as ever, Joseph Joseph have designed this stylish and useful gadget for your kitchen.  To ensure that you get an even thickness in your pastry, icing or pasta dough, use the adjustable discs on your rolling pin to raise or lower the rolling pin to the correct height.

This will ensure that whatever you are making will cook evenly and not burn in some places and be undercooked in others.  It also creates a completely flat surface which is then much easier to decorate.

There are also measurements etched into the rolling pin which serve as a useful size guide.

The discs allow you to create the thicknesses of 1/16-inch, 1/4-inch and 3/8-inch.  Made from beech, and measuring 16-1/2-inch long and 2-1/2-inch diameter, this rolling pin is both easy to clean, and easy to store!

Pros

One customer compared using this rolling pin to special rubber bands that you can buy for other rolling pins.  She much prefers this Joseph Joseph rolling pin because the discs are rigid and produce consistent results every time, rather than the rubber bands which slip and slide around and are harder to work with.

Other people also said that the rolling pin was very easy to clean.

Most people also really liked the measurements that are etched into the rolling pin as it makes sizing your dough much easier.

Cons

One improvement that could be made which was suggested by one customer was to designing the same rolling pin but with “spinning” handles to make it easier to work with.

The biggest complaint was that it doesn’t come with  1/8″ discs  as this is a fairly common thickness for pastry.

The etchings in the rolling pin can make it a little bit tricky for rolling out fondant or gumpaste as the markings can show up in your rolled out paste.

 

Overall the comments are great for this handy little gadget that looks elegant and is also functional. Particularly if you enjoy making pastry, pies, pizzas and cookies, this rolling pin is for you!!