Baking Tips 101

Baking requires a ton of patience and a lot of knowledge to make quality desserts that every one will enjoy and eat before you even get a chance to taste it.

Before anyone gets started with their baking, they should be aware of the initial steps needed to be taken before starting. Here are some cooking tips for the beginning baker:

Tip #1 – When you start out, you should read the recipe entirely before beginning to mix the ingredients. This is the most important tip because many times ingredients are divided and you need to know this ahead of time. Then, pre-heat the oven to the required temperature before placing any ingredients in it.

Tip #2 – With baking, it is very important to follow the instructions carefully. Ensure that you have adjusted the baking racks in the oven according to the instructions, set the proper temperature, using the proper baking sheets and baking containers. Then you must measure the ingredients properly according to the recipe. Dry ingredients must be leveled off in the measuring cup. The last step is to place the ingredients in the oven.

Tip #3 – It is important to understand that there are many different kinds of flour that are used in baking. Yeast bread is made from wheat flour. This is commonly known as brown bread. Then there is bread flour which is used in yeast loaves. If this is put in yeast bread it will come out as a very heavy cake. Flour used to make cake is very fine and all-purpose flour is used for almost any kind of baking. Then there are bleached and unbleached flours that can be used interchangeably. Baking flour should be stored in airtight containers in a place that is cool and dry, but never ore than 6 months.

Tip #4 – Apart from flour you will have to get used to using baking powder. Baking powder will help your cakes and other desserts rise.

Good luck baking! With each dessert you bake, you will improve your baking skills.

Try this delicious and easy pumpkin pie recipe.

Green Bean Casserole



Green Bean Casserole
  • 1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 cup stuffing crumbs
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1 inch wide strips (I personally cubed mine because it's easier for the kids to eat)
  • 1 9 oz bag of frozen cut green beans
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl combine, cream soup and milk until it is well blended. In another small bowl, mix the stuffing crumbs and the melted butter.
  3. In the baking dish, layer the chicken, green beans, cream soup mixture, and then the stuffing mixture. Bake uncovered about 45 minutes.

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