Food and Wine

5 Tips for Home Baking

Home baking is more popular than ever in the UK. OK, so baking has always been a popular UK pastime, however in recent times its become even more popular. It’s not just the older generation embracing the thrills of a good bake, and now guys and girls of any age are having a go.

Baking is generally more difficult than other kinds of cooking and this is because accurate measurements and timings are extremely important. However, as long as you stick to recipes anyone can bake, and you don’t much extra equipment to make a good cake. Here are five tips for home baking:

Stick to accurate measurements and stick to the order of ingredients. It is possible to alter recipes slightly, for instance you might change one ingredient for another, however as soon as you start to change the quantities of ingredients and other details then you will probably be undermining the whole bake. Also, the order that ingredients are added to a cake will usually also affect the end result. The details really do matter.

Ensure that you have the right equipment before you start to bake. This is common sense of course, however there’s nothing worse than not having the right particular bit of kit when you need it most. You can get all sorts of equipment online such as cake moulds like silicone cake moulds.

Baking is all about patience, whether you’re waiting for bread to prove or that cake to rise you’ll need to have a high degree of self control. It’s no help that baked goods tend to be exceedingly delicious, however we all know what happens when you don’t bake something for long enough – soggy bottoms.

Whilst a successful bake is very much about following exact measures, this does not mean that baking is necessarily a very complex affair. Rather there are plenty of relatively simple bakes that anyone, with any amount of experience, can try. This might be a simple loaf, some scones etc. Many of these baked goods might be simple to make however they really do pack a punch in terms of how they look and of course how they taste.

One of the joys of baking and the main reason why it is so popular these days is that it’s really fun to do. Baking can be messy, precise, exotic or homely, can be a family affair or a solitary pursuit, can be something cool and trendy or cosy and warm – but most of all it should be fun. If you don’t enjoy it head down the bakery, otherwise have a great laugh making your more or less perfect creations.

There’s never been a better time to get started with baking and if you look online you’ll find all sorts of fantastic advice and recipes, plus you’ll also find online shops that sell all sorts of bakery equipment.