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Baking Tips – 5 Lessons Learned In Mom’s Kitchen

1. Excellent baking requires patience. If you try to rush it, you will end up with a mess. A excellent cake, pie, cookie, the list goes on and on, cannot be rushed. Things tend to turn out half-baked (yes, literally) or so terribly that they are not edible. People tend to frown at you when serve them burnt cookies. (Hey, at least I tried.)

2. You do not have to always follow the recipe. I have started to learn to cook and bake by feel and taste more than by following a recipe. If you do not like one thing that is in the recipe but you do like everything else that is in it, take out the thing you do not like. I tend to add more of things I like into a recipe (chocolate) and take out things I don’t (not chocolate). I have been known to add double the amount of chocolate chips to a cookie recipe and omit the nuts entirely. (Really, who needs all those nuts getting in the way of a excellent chocolate chip cookie!)

3. The devil is in the details. Small things like adding ingredients in the proper order can make all the difference. I have learned from very painful experience that putting the ingredients in the incorrect way can easily ruin a baking recipe. The baking powder has to go in before you place it in the oven. (Who knew?)

4. It does not have to be complicated to taste excellent. Some of the best baking recipes that my mom ever made were ones that had five ingredients or less. If you are like me and do not have the patience to squeeze a million tiny dots onto a cake in order to make pretty frosting, it is nice to know that I can make something that is simpler and still tastes excellent. (Anyone have a recipe for dipable (yes, I just made up that word) frosting? Lets skip that whole thing of having to frost the cake entirely.)

5. Always mix in some like. I am convinced that this is why store bought sweets never taste as excellent as homemade ones. Machines do not know how to inject this special ingredient. All baking recipes at the very minimum need at least one cup of like to be any excellent at all.

I wish you all pleased baking with lots of like baked in!

Jill Seader is the founder of yourbakingstory.com” target=”_blank Your Baking Tale. Her website shares her baking tales and recipes and also allows visitors to share their own baking tales and recipes. Come visit and share your own tales.



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