Six Baking Mistakes Every Amateur Makes--And How to Avoid Them

Making delicious breads, cookies and cakes is something that every amateur chef works toward achieving. If your baking skills aren't meeting your expectations, now may be the time to learn more about the baking process and the most common mistakes that new chefs make. Identifying the problems that are causing your baked goods to be less than stellar can help you make the necessary changes for excellent baked breads and pastries.

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Six Baking Mistakes
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Not Measuring
Baking requires precision when measuring ingredients. Invest in a kitchen scale and good quality measuring cups to ensure you are using the right amount of ingredients. You may also want to pre-measure all of the ingredients before beginning a recipe to ensure you don't add the same ingredient twice or skip an important component completely.

Using Outdated Ingredients
When your baked goods are lacking in flavor, it is wise to check the expiration date to see if the product is too old to provide the flavor profile you are looking for. You should also taste products before adding them to your recipe to ensure they offer the exact taste you are looking for.

Taking Shortcuts
If your recipe calls for sifting flour twice or creaming your eggs with butter, make sure to follow the instructions carefully. The process of making fluffy bread or chewy cookies requires following the steps in order to achieve the desired result.

Forgetting to Check Progress

Something as unexpected as the humidity in the air can have an effect on how well your baked goods turn out. Make sure to check the progress of baked goods several times. For example, if your recipe says to let dough rise until it is doubled in size, you will want to check every ten to fifteen minutes on a warm day to catch the dough at the right time to make delicious bread.

Flexibility in Cooking
Experience is one of the greatest tools you can have to bake bread and desserts. Experimenting in the kitchen to determine just how long a batch of cookies needs to cook or whether your oven cooks faster than the recommended cooking time is an important step in learning to bake. Take the time to learn a recipe and how your oven cooks to make the best baked goods.

Complicated Recipes
Starting off with easier recipes like simple yellow cake or chocolate can allow you to learn how to bake. You can even skip a step and use Fondarific Buttercream Fondant instead of making it yourself. Beginning with a recipe that is too complicated for a amateur baker can be frustrating and won't give you the results that you expect.

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Rizwan Ahmad
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This article is contributed by Rose McKellen and posted by Rizwan Ahmad Author and founder of myfoodforu blog He is a blogger from India and he loves to share his thoughts by writing articles on  the different topics related to humanity,

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