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Common mistakes you should avoid while Baking

10-12-2017

Common mistakes you should avoid while Baking

Don’t you sometimes feel like following a recipe is like a grammar test? Every chop, cut and sifting instruction listed after an ingredient needs to be done after you have measured the ingredient. If you are an experienced baker, you know that you need to follow the instructions of a recipe to a tee. One mistake and your dish will be ruined. So what should new bakers know about the art of baking? Well, one of the most important baking tips to remember is to make sure that you avoid the most common mistakes people often make.

7 Common Baking Mistakes to Avoid

Here is a look at 7 of the most common mistakes you need to avoid while taking on different types of baking:

  1. Not measuring flour properly: One of the most important steps you should follow when baking is measurements. One of the common mistakes that people make is not measuring the flour properly. If the recipe you are following says one and a half cup of flour, that is the exact amount you should use, not more, not less.
  2. Using old baking powder: Do you have a packet of baking powder that has been around for a couple of months? Are you thinking of using it to bake a cake? It is best not to. Using old baking powder is a mistake you should avoid as it is sure to spoil the taste of the cake you bake.
  3. Not maintaining the right room temperature: You have probably already figured that baking is a bit more challenging than cooking. One common mistake that many bakers make is not bringing the ingredients at the right temperature. Ingredients like butter, eggs and milk should be kept at room temperature before mixing them into a mixing bowl.
  4. Over mixing batter: Batter, as you know, is an important part of baking cakes and when you want your cake to be fluffy and light, you need to make sure not to over mix the batter. When extra air gets into the batter, which happens when you over mix, it will definitely affect your cake’s fluffiness.
  5. Mixing all ingredients at once: Baking is an art, and it needs precision to make sure that your baked goods turn out perfect. It might seem easy to mix all the ingredients of a recipe at once, but you should avoid this serious mistake. When baking anything, make sure that you mix the ingredients one at a time as directed in the instructions.
  6. Over-flouring wet dough: Are you intimidated by sticky dough? Most people are. But no matter what, make sure that you do not keep adding flour to it. Some doughs, when they are ready, will be very moist – this is how the science of fermentation, heat and time works, so do not worry!
  7. Being impatient: Are you an impatient person? Well, if you are going to bake, you should check your impatience. A lot of recipes include a resting stage for the dough. If your recipe says “12 to 18 hours” for the initial resting stage, but also notes that the writer always bakes it for about 18 hours, you should follow their process. You may be excited to get your loaf done as quickly as possible, but your impatience might just ruin the whole thing instead.

Whether you are a new or experienced baker, there are certain rules you must follow while baking. This is the best way to make sure that your treats turn out perfect. Before anything else, just make sure that you avoid the common mistakes mentioned above and you are off to a great start!

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