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Baking can be a fun, rewarding experience for the beginner and the expert. This page contains baking tips and tricks.
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February 7, 19998 found this helpful

When making cookies and squares, I never find that I need as many chocolate chips or nuts as the recipe calls for. Manufacturers are trying to sell their product. I don't believe in reducing the amount too much. By only putting in what is needed, I have reduced the fat content of the sweets and have some ingredients left over for the next batch.

By Kathy

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August 11, 20064 found this helpful

Don't have the correct size baking pan for a cake or casserole? Downsize a larger one by simply molding a piece of heavy duty foil and fitting it in the pan to adjust for the desired dimensions as shown. You could also add a second piece of foil perpendicular to the one in place to adjust the width of the pan as well as the length.

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Then line the entire pan with parchment or a sheet of foil and pour in batter or casserole ingredients. This has worked many times for me in a pinch when the pan I had on hand was too big and I did not want to end up with a flat cake.

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By Carolyn from Bellevue, WA

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January 5, 2011

Baking is an exact science, and it is important to be well prepared. Here's how:

  1. Read recipe several times.

  2. Gather ingredients.

  3. Gather necessary equipment, including cooling racks.

  4. Ready ingredients, such as toasting nuts or zesting a lemon.

  5. Prepare pan, such as greasing and flouring.

  6. Reread recipe.

  7. Preheat oven.

  8. Measure ingredients.

  9. Mix ingredients according to recipe specifications.

  10. Place baked good in oven.

  11. Clean kitchen and put away ingredients.

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Source: My Mom

By Irishwitch from Aurora, CO

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May 5, 2011

I am very thrifty. To make my parchment paper last longer, I bake with it at least twice before throwing it away. I use it when baking cookies and bread. I just flip it over and reuse it for the next batch.

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May 15, 2009

When baking cupcakes if I don't fill all of the tins, I put an ice cube in the empty cups. This is easier than filling the empties with water.

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December 28, 2009

Hello everyone. I hope you had a very happy Holiday. While I was baking cookies with my 8 year old grandson, I complained about all the crumbs left under the cooling rack when I was finished baking and what a chore it was to clean it up.

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September 23, 2014

If you have some extra batter when making things like banana or zucchini breads, wash out a used soup or vegetable can. Spray with nonstick spray and fill 2/3 full with batter.

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June 7, 2010

With the electric oven, my whole wheat muffins were always on the dark side when they finished baking because the oven temperature didn't drop fast enough from 500 to 350 degrees F as printed in the recipe.

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December 6, 2012

I have a car coffee cup that has a screw on lid, and a little tab that opens up to a little hole, where I can drink coffee from. I got tired of getting flour all over everywhere when I just needed some sprinkled on my cooking projects.

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September 22, 2009

When you need a cooling rack for a baking sheet full of cookies or a cake pan just removed from the oven, remove one of your stoves burner grills and set it on the counter top to set the cooling pan on top of it, so air can circulate beneath it.

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February 28, 20051 found this helpful

Baking parchment paper can be used more than once! I have found I can get two bakings from one sheet of parchment, even though those baking sessions may be more than a week apart.

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November 18, 20054 found this helpful

When making your Thanksgiving pies or bread, dip your fingers in some melted butter to keep them from sticking to the pie or bread dough.

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July 14, 20051 found this helpful

I take fruits and put them into a blender and then bake breads, biscuits, cakes etc. with this blend. This way I only have to add a pinch or two of oil. They come out tasteful and really good.

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November 12, 20123 found this helpful

Many recipes call for a 9 x 13 inch pan. I began using two 9 x 9 inch pans instead. This results in getting more portions from a recipe while also requiring less oven baking time.

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October 3, 2007

When making chocolate brownies or cake and the recipe says "grease and flour the pan" substitute Nestle's Quik for the flour. The cake, or whatever you're making, will release from the pan more easily and the extra taste on the sides is a real family pleaser (especially when you make chocolate fudge brownies).

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April 16, 20050 found this helpful

The right tools make all the difference when baking and cooking. I saved for years to acquire the very best kitchen tools I could find, especially for the "luxury" tools that I now consider essentials, such as different scoops for cookies, meatballs, etc.

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February 3, 2015

When you are cooking any and all food dishes, always add a teaspoon of sugar. It enhances the spices and flavors of what you are making; as does salt to any sweet recipes you are about to make.

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May 5, 20120 found this helpful

Can flour, butter, sugar, and vanilla that has been left in the cupboard for 3 days be used to make shortbread cookies. Is it safe to eat the cookies even though the ingredients were left in the cupboard in a bowl for 3 days?

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April 23, 2007

Dip your spoon in milk when baking cakes, brownies or cookies. This will keep the batter from sticking to the spoon when scraping the bowl or spooning out the batter.

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February 22, 2008

I just bought a couple new bread pans. Nice shiny ones. It turns out that because of the shine, the bread browns on the top, but doesn't bake or brown well on the bottom.

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My husband found the perfect remedy.

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January 10, 20050 found this helpful

If you don't have the air cushioned cookie sheets, just stack two regular cookie sheets together. No more burnt bottoms and lots cheaper than the air sheets! By Debbie

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December 8, 20040 found this helpful

Put a 2 section piece of paper towel on the counter when you start to bake. If you spill anything, it all goes in the trash when you clean up. Mixing spoons and spatulas go on it, too.

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January 12, 2011

When cooking tart fruits such as rhubarb, apricots, grapes, or red raspberries, add a generous amount of cinnamon. For grapes, add vanilla too, for a different flavor.

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July 26, 20070 found this helpful

When you are filling your muffin pans, use an ice cream scoop so that your muffins will all be the same size. Also you will not spill the batter on the top of the pans. Clean up is much easier.

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October 14, 20050 found this helpful

By baking your own pastries, cakes, pies, cookies, etc., instead of purchasing them already pre-made in your grocer's bakery...

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March 18, 20050 found this helpful

Cakes and cookies bake more evenly in the center of your oven. If you are baking more than one item, try to place them as close to the center of the oven as possible but leave about an inch between them.

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December 18, 20040 found this helpful

When baking, in order to remember which ingredients have been put into your bowl do this: Place all items to the left of your bowl. As you use them; move to the right of your bowl.

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January 15, 2014

What can I substitute for a tart baking dish?

By Harriet

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August 13, 20140 found this helpful

Glass pie dish.:)

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June 5, 20140 found this helpful

I have a delicious recipe for fresh rhubarb loaf. Can I make muffins with this recipe and if so how long should I bake them. The loaf recipe calls for 55 to 60 minutes at 350F.

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May 29, 20130 found this helpful

I have several old baking recipes that say bake only in a gas oven. When I tried to bake these cookies in my electric oven they would be burnt or uncooked in the center. Have any suggestions?

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March 2, 20170 found this helpful

According to some cooks the best way to remember the difference is that dark pans result in darker crusts, or cookie bottoms and lighter pans mean higher ones. This is a page about when to use dark or light baking pans.

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March 2, 20170 found this helpful

Paper liners can make removing muffins easier. However, a layer of butter or shortening will also allow the muffins to come out just fine. This is a page about using muffin pans without paper liners.

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March 2, 20170 found this helpful

For many recipes, shortening and butter can be used relatively interchangeably. This is a page about substituting butter for shortening.

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