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Baking isn’t always the easiest thing to crack; all it takes is one little error and before you know it you’ve got a baking disaster on your hands! Don’t worry, the Morphy Richards Baking Surgery is here to help. We’ve pulled together some handy hints and tips to help you steer clear of some of the most common – and most easily avoided – baking blunders and be the organised, confident baker we know you can be!
Get more baking hints and tips from our brand ambassador and super vlogger Barry Lewis of My Virgin Kitchen at the Baking Surgery page. #TogetherWellMakeIt
1. Never underestimate the importance of lining your tins:
Although greasing the inside of the cake tin isn’t the most glamourous job, it helps to ensure you get smooth edges and is definitely worth the effort to avoid a broken cake. We’re sure this week’s Baking Surgery competition winner, Emily Coleman, wishes she’d greased her cake tins before baking them!
All you need to do is scoop some butter onto a clean piece of kitchen roll and wipe your tin for a quick and easy greasing solution – don’t forget to get into the edges! If you prefer to work with grease proof paper, add a little bit of butter to the cake tin first to stop the paper from moving when you pour in the mixture. Easy!
2. Avoid the dreaded ‘raw middle & burnt edges’ combination with this foil trick:
Sometimes the oven is not your friend, and that moment when the thick mixture transforms into a lovely, even brown cake comes far earlier than anticipated…before the middle of the cake has had time to catch up! Don’t worry though, the edges may be burning and the cake may still be raw in the middle, but it’s not too late to save it. To rescue your cake, simply cover it with a tight layer of tin foil to trap the heat and turn the temperature down by 10 degrees for the remainder of the baking time.
When the pressure of producing the perfect dinner party dessert is mounting, it’s easy to accidentally forget a crucial ingredient (let’s be honest, we’ve all done it at some point!). Avoid the panic next time by planning ahead and being prepared. Before you start to bake, measure out and organise all of the ingredients in separate bowls and make sure you have everything you need for the entire recipe. If you’re missing anything, you still have time to run to the shop to get the crucial ingredient before you start to bake!
While you’re organising your ingredients, make sure you have all of the tools you need for the entire recipe, including icing, fillings and sauces. If you’re using a handy multi-functional tool like the Morphy Richards Total Control Hand Blender, make sure you lay out all of the attachments you’ll need for the recipe before you start so you don’t search all of your kitchen cupboards in a panic later on! (If you haven’t already discovered the Total Control Hand Blender, you can get 10% off now with the Baking Surgery promo code).
Is there a difference between plain and self-raising flour? YES – and using plain flour instead of self-raising is a sure-fire way to ruin a recipe! Never fear though, if you’re running out of storage space for your ever-expanding stash of baking supplies, you can cleverly use the ingredients you already have. Make your own self-raising flour by adding a small amount of baking power to plain flour (just be sure to check the baking powder isn’t out of date and stick to ½ tsp of baking powder per 100g of plain flour). Genius!