It’s no secret for anyone who knows me or reads this blog that I love desserts. A good dessert is my biggest weakness, so much to the extent that I feel sorry for the females who waved off the dessert cart on Titanic. I’m not exaggerating. See, desserts are the perfect companion in all shades of life. When you are happy, when you are sad, having a bad day, feeling great… for every occasion.! That goes true for all good food but nothing better than a cracking end to the meal with an amazing Tiramisu or Cheesecake. Pure Love.
So well, I don’t know baking. Surprise surprise.! So I decided to learn.. (you know, reducing dependency on people for your desserts. I believe that is true independence). I bought a cute little oven and this is the chronicle of my sweet tooth.
So buying an oven is not enough, so I bought a few other companions. Here’s all I know about baking so far.
- Most important thing is an oven. I bought a small oven because a bigger one will make bigger cakes, meaning I’ll get fatter and my mom won’t let me inside the house. And I can’t afford that because she makes amazing food.
- Do not forget to buy an oven mitt, because you can’t eat with burnt hands.
- Then, of course, cake pans and oven safe dishes, because of common sense.
- Next in line is measuring cups and spoons or weighing scales. Because every baker across the world (didn’t check with other planet’s bakers yet) says it out loud again and again that measurements are very important in baking.!
- Bring ingredients to room temperature always. I don’t know what that is all about, but I’ll do it for my love.
- Whisks are important. They are designed to give aeration and volume to the food. It could be handheld or electric.For time-being, I’m going to make do with a handheld one.
- Dry ingredients should be mixed gently. I’m sure there is a reason behind it. But I’m happy because it’s less effort.
- Other things to remember are preheating oven always. This, however, is mentioned in almost all the recipes.
- How can I forget the toothpick trick? To check if the cake is done, insert a toothpick in the centre of the cake, if it comes out clean, wait is over!! Otherwise, your cake is not ready yet.
- And fresh ingredients are suggested always. But that’s cooking 101. I already know that.
These are my beginning notes. Please, all you wonderful bakers, give me more tips, so I can eat good desserts. Meanwhile, I’ll gather enough courage to have my first experiment.