Baking and cooking are two entirely different activities. Cooking is much more laid back while baking requires science. The right measurements have to be made using the correct measuring equipment when baking. The following article will discuss some of the mistakes commonly made while baking.
1. Skipping a Step in the Recipe
Once your pastry has baked, you will be wondering why it was not a success. The simple reason is that you missed or skipped a step in the recipe. This is a common mistake made when people ignore the instructions on the recipe. While reading the recipe, you need to pay attention to the placement of the commas. Those commas are written down for a reason. They can make or break your process of baking.
2. Baking in an Oven That is Not Preheated
Most people tend to realize that they have not preheated the oven once they are done filling their cupcake tins. Instead of preheating the oven, you might be tempted to place your tins in the oven and preheat when they are inside. This will result in a disaster as it will mess up the baking process. Before baking, preheat the oven.
3. Opening the Oven Too Often
Opening the oven regularly will cause your cookies or cakes to get ready slowly. Opening the oven causes cold air to flow into the oven resulting in a decrease of temperature in the oven. This could cause the cake to collapse, under-cook or overcook. Use the light feature on the oven to avoid opening it.
4. Your Oven Could Be Too Hot
The top of your cupcakes should be flat. If they turn out to be dome-shaped, it is an indication that your oven is too hot. You could have followed the recipe right and set your oven to the required temperature. However, sometimes the figures displayed on the oven are not always accurate especially if you have an old oven. Different ovens set at similar temperatures can experience a variation of up to ninety degrees.
5. Not Measuring the Ingredients
You probably are trying to juggle several activities at a time while your cake is congealing in the mixture. Perhaps trying to reach out for eggs, heating up milk and looking through your pantry for baking powder. This is a stressful situation and could lead to numerous mistakes. You could even forget to add sugar in your cake.
Before turning on your mixer, you need to organize yourself. Measure out all ingredients in advance. Crack the eggs, separate the yolk from the egg whites and put them in different containers. This will eliminate the risk of having any shells into your mix. Mix the cake up once you have everything ready.
6. Placing The Cake On the Wrong Rack
Every experienced baker knows that the racks in the oven are not equal. You cannot simply set your cake on any rack and attain successful results. Baking on the wrong rack results in an unevenly cooked and browned cake.
Therefore, you should always place your cake tin in the center of the oven. You can also use two racks that will rotate the cake while it is still baking. This will ensure that all sides brown evenly.
7. Failing to Sift the Flour as Written in the Recipe
If you want your dough to rise correctly, you have to sift the flour. Many people skip this step as they regard It as time-consuming. However, you need to understand that flour can be lumpy at times. Sifting causes it to be airier, fine and mix more easily with other ingredients. Additionally, ingredients such as sugar and cocoa need to be sifted too.
8. Not Resting Your Dough in the Fridge.
Once you have kneaded your dough, you should place it in the fridge for thirty minutes. It allows the dough to solidify which makes it much easier to work with. Working with dough that is at room temperature will prove hard to flatten especially when you are making cookies. Before placing your cookies in the oven, let them rest in the fridge for a few minutes.
9. Leaving Your Pastry in The Oven for Too Long
Your pastries will harden, turn brown or even burn. When baking, clear your schedule to focus on the task at hand fully. Chances are you think that you should remove the pastries once they turn golden brown. Cookies need a few extra minutes in the oven as they will harden when removed. Depending on your recipe, you should know when to take them out. However, if you burn your pastries often, remove them when they turn golden.
10. Cutting in the Cake While It Is Still Hot
By the time your cake is ready, your house smells good. You can barely resist from eating it. However, if you are looking forward to eating a cake that has great texture, let it cool. The cake continues to bake even when it is out of the oven until its completely cool. Cool your cake in an airy place to prevent it from accumulating any moisture.