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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

When you just don't know what happened ...or need a fast fun dish

There are 2 basic mistakes beginners make: inaccurate measuring, and a lack of understanding of baking terms (such as "knead", "cream together", "fold", etc.). When measuring dry ingredients (flour, etc.), spoon the ingredient into a cup intended for dry ingredients. These are the plastic and metal graduated cups with handles. Using a knife, level the top. That is an accurate dry measure, NOT heaped, NOT packed, NOT below the top rim of the cup. Tablespoons and teaspoons are also measured level. For liquid measure you need to use a glass or plastic cup you can see in to, with a pouring spout. They have measurement lines on the outside. A liquid measure cup has headroom at the top so you won’t spill. Put the measure cup on a level surface, fill to the correct line without tilting the cup. A lot of baking books these days have lots of information, not just recipes. Find one with good instructions. A baking textbook such as "Professional Baking" by Gisslen, or "On Baking" by Labensky would be a big help for understanding how ingredients function. The more knowledge you have , the fewer mistakes you will make. I have taught a lot of culinary students, and those who have problems baking have trouble being precise. Cooking is much more flexible, baking is less forgiving. Good luck!

I have a fail proof recipe for you. If you like cheesecake you will love this. Simple Simple. You need: 2-8oz cream cheese(softened), 4- crecent rolls, 1 cup sugar, 2tsp vanilla, 1/4 cup melted butter, cinnamon. Mix cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until creamy. In a 9 × 13 pan line the bottom with 2 crecent roll packages. Brush with butter and sprinkle with cinn. and sugar. Top with cream cheese filling. Line the top of the cream cheese with the last 2 crecent roll packages. Brush with butter and sprinkle with cinn. and sugar. Bake at 350 for 35-45 minutes until golden brown. No eggs in the recipe so all you are cooking are the crecent rolls. This dessert needs to sit before cutting and does best refridgerating before serving. Hope you like it!!!!!

2 comments:

Monica

Hi Heather ! I just can't wait to try some of these delicious recipes ! I love to bake for my boys, so here I am !

Cupcake

Monica that is great I love hands on with kids I cant wait till my little one gets a bit bigger and we will be a baking up a storm...lol Try the cake pops with them they are great for kids not really hot stuff to handle! Send me pic I would love to add them :0)

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