Jane’s Top 6 Baking Tips

1.BUY AN APRON THAT APPEALS TO YOU.
Whether its one colour, floral, covered in chilli peppers and squash or has one of those quirky messages on the front – it doesn’t matter. If it gets you in the mood for cooking – Great – plus it protects your clothes from spills and messes!

2. INVEST IN A GOOD PAIR OF OVEN GLOVES.
Protecting your hands and lower arms, especially when sliding pans into, and retrieving them from the oven is vitally important. If your oven gloves are showing any kind of wear get rid of them and buy a new pair.

3. KEEP AN ORGANISED WORK STATION.
Even if you have limited counter space, try to keep your work station as organised as possible – it really helps.

4. WHEN MAKING BREAD.
Warm your bowl before hand and make sure your yeast is at room temperature before you begin.

5. WHEN MAKING PASTRY.
Put your bowl, rolling pin and water into the fridge so they are nice and cold. Also, your hands are warm, so avoid handling the butter too much. A pastry blender is a handy tool, then you can use your fingertips to finish by quickly and lightly achieving the fine breadcrumb effect that many pastry recipes call for.

6. WHEN BAKING CAKES.
Tip your weighed sugar into your mixing bowl and gently warm both in a low oven. This will make creaming the butter and sugar together much easier and the result will be a creamier consistency which you’ll achieve much faster.

FINALLY – Remember the enjoyment factor.
a) Make the kitchen yours for a couple of hours.
b) Gather up all your ingredients.
c) Put on your favourite music.
d) Enjoy

Until next time
Happy Baking
Jane

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