When fruit and cake come together, presentation is everything!
Reduce the likelihood of dried fruit sinking through your dessert by tossing fruit in a bowl with a small scoop of flour until lightly coated before adding to your cake mixture.
Don’t forget this cool detail when handling pastry dough.
To get the perfect pastry dough, neither your hands nor the ingredients should be warm. Run your hands through cold water, pat them dry and handle that pastry dough like a pro.
Fresh out of self-rising flour?
Easily make your own self-rising flour by mixing 2 teaspoons of baking powder into 1 cup of all-purpose flour.
Perfect slices are possible everytime like this!
When slicing yeast breads, use a serrated knife and a gentle "sawing" motion to get beautiful slices!
Find out how to change up cooking time for convection ovens.
Using a convection oven? It is easy to convert standard baking time into convection baking time. You have 2 choices: 1). Lower the oven temperature by 25 degrees and bake for the same amount of time OR 2). Shorten baking time by about 20% and keep the oven temperature as called for in the recipe.
Want to speed up the rising process on your dough?
Letting the dough rise takes time, but doing so allows the delicious yeast flavours to develop. To speed up the process, fill a large bowl with boiling water. Top bowl with a wire rack. Place bowl of dough OR loaf pan with dough on the rack. Cover all with a towel.
Take this ingredient outside to handle even the toughest spills!
Pour corn starch on greasy spills on driveways, boats and garage floors to absorb grease and make cleaning easier.
Bath time never smelt so sweet!
For a scented corn starch bath powder, mix layers of dry fragrant flower petals (rose, lavender) with corn starch. Shake the mixture several times and let sit for four or five days or until the powder is well scented.
Don't overcrowd your oven if you want the best results!
Don't crowd the oven. The pans should never touch each other or the sides of the oven, or be placed over or under each other on the racks.
The easiest way to grease up your pans before baking!
Grease pans by evenly spreading shortening, butter or margarine with a paper towel.
Here's how high you need to grease each tin or pan when baking.
For muffins, bar cookies or quick breads grease the muffin cups or pans only on the bottom and halfway up the sides so the batter is higher than the grease line.
DIY your brown sugar by mixing up these ingredients!
In a pinch, you can make your own brown sugar. Mix 1 cup of granulated sugar and 1-2 Tablespoons molasses until the sugar can be packed in a cup and measured like brown sugar.
Waste not with this tip for getting the best rise for your bread!
Don't throw out the water potatoes have boiled in! Use it in place of tap water in bread recipes to get the best rise.
Use this to get tarts out of the pan.
If you're trying to pry tarts out of the pan, let it cool then slide a paring knife around the perimeter.
Have an ingredient you're not sure about? Measure it like this.
Measure dry and semi-solid ingredients such as peanut butter in dry measuring cups.
Get exactly what you need when you need it by measuring like this.
When you measure a powdery dry ingredient like flour or cocoa powder, gently spoon it into your measuring cup and level it off with a knife. The only ingredient you should pack into a cup is brown sugar.
Not enough mix to fill all the muffin tins? Don't worry!
Pour water into the empty cups of a muffin tin when you’re baking fewer than 12 muffins or cupcakes. The water helps the cupcakes bake and rise more evenly.
Don't slip up by avoiding this tip!
Hold baking pans over your sink when coating them with cooking spray. Any excess spray will go into your sink and not on your floor.
How do you make a chocolate cake even better - with this secret tip!
For chocolate cakes, especially ones that aren’t going to be frosted, use cocoa powder instead of flour to dust the greased pan.
Get the scoop on filling up cupcake liners here!
Use an ice cream scoop to fill cupcake liners. Or fill a ziptop freezer bag, cut off a corner and pipe batter into liners.