Baking is a science. The ingredients you use, the way you mix them and even heat them up can affect the final product. These baking mistakes are all too common, but fortunately there are ways to avoid them from happening.
Using Cold Ingredients
It can really make a difference to prep your ingredients ahead of time when baking. If the recipe calls for room temperature ingredients, mixing them cold could potentially change the taste and the texture of your batter or dough. Warmer ingredients bond more effectively to create a smooth mixture. This helps the batter or dough rise and cook evenly.
Not Preheating the Oven
Everyone forgets to preheat the oven now and again. It’s important that if you do forget to preheat the oven to not stick your items in the oven as it’s heating up. It saves more time to wait and put them in when the oven is up to heat because it cooks quicker, more evenly, and turns out just as the recipe intended.
Using the Wrong Pan/Tin
If you don’t use the correct pan size for the recipe (meaning temperature with amount of surface area exposed) the item baked won’t be cooked properly and can dry out or burn. No one wants a hockey puck of a brownie, right?
Not Properly Prepping Your Pan/Tin
Certain recipes work better when there is a greasy surface between the pan and mix, but some work better with something drier that makes it easy to rise. Make sure you understand what ingredients you’re working with and how they could best benefit from pan/tin preparation.
Baking is really a science. If you aren’t an experienced baker, it’s best to avoid substituting at all costs. Something as small as coconut oil rather than butter could change an entire recipe.
Opening the Oven Door Too Soon/Often
The anticipation of waiting for a fresh loaf of bread or batch of cookies can be dire. Even though you want to witness first-hand how they are doing, you need to keep the oven door shut! The more you open the door, the more heat is let out and the more likely your items are cooking improperly. Try using the light to check up on your creations, but if it’s necessary, quickly open the door and shut it as quickly as possible.
Not Properly Following the Recipe
The recipe and ingredients are written in a certain order for a reason! You wouldn’t get a nice creamed butter with sugar if you just heat it up and throw it in with the wet ingredients and throw the sugar in after that. It gives completely different results. Follow it step by step for the best results.
Frosting/Cutting Before Cooling
It can be extremely difficult to not immediately dig in to your fresh baked cookies or frost a cake on the fly, but if you want to avoid soggy sad messes of desserts you’ll want to take the time and let them properly cool. Breads are also much easier to cut once they’ve cooled. It will be clean, cool, and even more delicious after you wait it out.
The next time you bake, keep these mistakes in mind so that you can prevent them from happening. You’ll be a pro in no time!