Some Baking Hints and Tips: I

Baking is reassuring, results are gained as with a science - care and precision get results. On a shifty day with a relative in hospital baking spins time out, fills the tins and keeps my mind off other things. Here are a few hints and tips that have occurred to me throughout todays morning of baking. I wish you - great results. xx L

The Oven
Always preheat your oven.
When switching the oven on to preheat check there are no pots or pans inside.
If using a fan-bake oven confirm you have chosen the specified fan-bake temperature.

Ingredients need to be at the temperature stated:

Butter may need to be chilled for pastry making or softened and at room temperature for cakes made with the creaming method.

Eggs are always to be used at room temperature. Eggs can be warmed by placing in a bowl of warm water for 10 minutes.

Milk is always to be used at room temperature. Rather than leaving milk out, warm the required amount slightly (to blood temperature) in a pan or for 5-10 seconds in the microwave.

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