There are some cooking basics that every lady needs to know to successfully pull off a recipe or quickly whip something up that looks like you’ve spent all day on it. We’ve compiled some sweet tips to help teach the basics — from baking red velvet cupcakes to fluffy peaks of meringues — you’ll be baking like a pro in no time with these tips.
Look Like a Baker in No Time
Skinnygirls are busy and it can be hard to find time to bake. However, when going to a party or having people over for dinner you still want to look like you slaved in the kitchen all day. For a quick fix buy your favorite dessert at the grocery store and whip up a batch of homemade whip cream using Skinnygirl Sweeteners. Try adding strawberries or other delicious ingredients that compliment the dessert. Find the whip cream recipe here.
Get Nice and Fluffy Cakes
Another basic baking duty you’ll encounter is beating egg whites. A pro tip is that it’s best to beat eggs when they are fresh and cold. This helps to form tiny, tight bubbles that won’t deflate quickly, creating nice structure for meringues and cakes. The container in which you use to beat the eggs is also important. First, you can utilize a refrigerated bowl to reduce the temperature of the eggs further. Second, avoid using plastic bowls, as fat particles get into the crevices and scratches in the bowl, interfering with beating the egg whites.
Let’s Talk About Flour
Every baked good recipe calls for flour. A simple yet effective tip is to always sift. Sifting breaks up compacted flour clumps and adds air to the flour. It also makes measurements more accurate and creates lighter baked goods. You may use a fine mesh sieve or a sifter designed especially for sifting flour. If you don’t have either of these options, you can simply shake the bowl of flour, toss it like a salad with large spoons, whisk it or use a strainer after stirring with a fork.
Get Off On the Right Foot
The majority of recipes for baked goods will ask you to cream butter. The most important part of this task is to remove the butter from the refrigerator as least an hour beforehand. Butter must be room temperature, or else it’ll be too hard to be beaten. If you forget to do so, use a grater to create thin strips out of the hard butter. This will allow the butter to soften quickly. If you need to cream it right away, you may also use the microwave by cutting the butter into evenly sized squares and then heating for 10 seconds. Be careful — if you overdo it, you’ll have to restart with new butter.
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