Monday, April 18, 2011


' BAKING'   means to cook by dry heat as in 
an oven. Baking is so much more enjoyable 
when you're prepared.
Read recipe several times.
Keep all ingredients ready before starting.
Improper measuring is probably the number
one reason recipes fail.
Flour is crucial part of the  baked goods.
Try to correctly measure flour, use a spoon 
to lightly scoop flour out of its container into 
a measuring cup. Continue until the cup is 
overflowing. Then use the back side of a 
knife to level off the flour even with the top 
edge of the measuring cup. Repeat as necessary, 
with 1 cup, 1/2 cup, 1/3 cup, and 1/4 cup measures.
  One cup of white flour weighs 120 grams.
  One cup of whole wheat flour weighs 140 grams.
  One cup of bread flour weighs 130 grams.
  One cup of cake flour weighs 114 grams.
The most common mistake made in measuring 
flour is to dip the measuring cup into the flour
instead of lightly spooning flour into the measuring 
cup. This can result in up to 25% more flour than the 
recipe calls for.

250º-275º   Very low
300º-325º  slow
350º-375º  moderate
400º-425º  hot
450º-475º  very hot
500º-525º extremely hot.

Some important conversions... 

3 tsp = 1 tbsp
4 tbsp =  1/4 cup
8 tbsp =  1/2 cup
5 tbsp + 1 tsp = 1\3 cup
16 tbsp = 1 cup.
Just What is Baking Soda?:
It is also known as Bicarbonate of Soda and
Sodium Bicarbonate.
Baking soda promotes leavening by releasing 
carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide causes
bubbles which make your cakes, cookies
and breads lighter by expanding the dough
and/or batter. Also known as Bicarbonate
of Soda. When mixed with acids such as
buttermilk or yogurt, it produces bubbles 
which causes baked goods to rise.
Baking powder is that ingredient that causes
breads or cakes to rise.
It is usually composed of baking soda, cream 
of tarter and cornstarch.
In baking ' to beat ' means  mix rapidly to
make mixture smooth using an electric mixer,
hand beater or spoon.  
Fold means to blend a light mixture into a heavier
mixture carefully stirring until combines.
In making desserts, eggs help thicken puddings 
and custards. In baking, eggs help cakes rise.
Upside down cake is to bake caramelize fruit topping under cake batter.
Baking blind means baking an unfilled pie crust.

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