Pre Baking

May 12, 2009 at 5:44 pm Leave a comment

Before you start to bake, there are a few steps that need to be completed to have a tidy work-space and the right supplies. 

The first thing you will need is an assortment of wet and dry measuring cups.  The measures you will need for dry measuring cups are: 1/8 cup, ¼ cup, 1/3 cup. ½ cup, ¾ cup and 1 cup.  The recipe will say what specific measurements you will need, but these are the basics.  

A liquid measuring cup is usually in the shape of a cup or bowl with a handle.  It has little lines on the side that say what the measurement is.  They come in metal, plastic and glass, but I would recommend plastic, because you can see the liquid when you are pouring it and it won’t break when you drop it.

Measuring spoons are very handy for small amounts of dry and liquid ingredients.  The measurements are in teaspoons and tablespoons.  You will need: 1/8 teaspoon, ¼ teaspoon, ½ teaspoon, ¾ teaspoon and 1 tablespoon measuring spoons.  I would recommend buying them in sets, because then they are always together.

This is a baking spatula-very handy.  They also come in cool colors too!

This is a baking spatula-very handy. They also come in cool colors too!

A spatula is also a great baking tool.  No the kind of spatula you use to flip pancakes, this spatula usually has a wooden handle and a rubber flat scooper on the end.  These come in handy for scraping the sides of cookie and cake dough mixing bowls.

A sifter is also good to have.  A sifter is great for mixing the dry ingredients together so the ingredients aren’t clumped together.  It helps evenly mix all of the dry ingredients.   I think they are also fun to use too 🙂

Here are some other good supplies to have:

  • Rolling pins
  • Baking pans (desired size)
  • Electric mixer (if you cannot afford it, then mix by hand)
  • FLOUR*
  • Baking powder*
  • Eggs and milk*

*these are the most common ingredients in recipes, but others may be needed too-it depends on the recipe.

Baking recipes also require some type of flavoring, whether your bakinga cake, or a batch of cookies.  Most of the time, they will need some type of flavoring, llike chocolate or vanilla.    You should always have these on stand-by.  Also, if stored properly, these can last indefinitely, so I would recommend buying a bigger bottle rather than a smaller one.  Some of the main flavorings are: Vanilla extract, Lemon extract, salt, light and dark corn syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, almond extract, semi-sweet, dark, melting and unsweetened chocolate and yeast.

Make sure to always keep your workspace tidy and clean to prevent germs from sneaking into your recipe!  Wipe down the workspace (when needed) after each step.  Also when baking make sure to have all of the ingredients out, you don’t want to be halfway through the recipe and realize you don’t have any eggs!  Trust me, it happens a lot.

Now you are ready to start baking! 🙂

Stay tuned for the next post and have fun! I know I will

 

 

 

 

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