Baking Techniques

Baking is a dry heat cooking method that is most frequently associated with desserts and pastries.  While it’s true that baking can yield wonderful cakes, cookies, muffins and croissants, it is also the same technique used to cook a meatloaf or a pizza.  Learn about the history of ovens and of baking and the mixing methods used to make dough and batters for baking.  And if you’ve ever wondered about the difference between baking and roasting, there is even a discussion about that subject.
 

The Egg Foam Method In Baking

May 14, 2015 2 Comments
The Egg Foam Method In Baking

The Egg Foam Method of Combining Ingredients When Baking This is the last of the series describing how to mix (combine) ingredients when baking by my friend and professional baker Chef Jenni. She saved this method for last because it is the only method in which the addition of chemical leaveners is not the norm […]

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Baking Two Stage Method

May 8, 2015 1 Comment
Baking Two Stage Method

The Two-Stage Mixing Method There are many methods for mixing ingredients when it comes to baking. Not being much of a baker myself, I asked my friend Pastry Chef Jenni Field to explain various methods of mixing, where and when to use them and tips for doing it properly. You can read her post Important […]

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Important Mixing Techniques For Baking

April 28, 2015 0 Comments
Important Mixing Techniques For Baking

How to Achieve Great Baking Results from Proper Ingredient Mixing I am not much of a baker so I asked my friend Chef Jenni, a great baker and even better educator, to explain in more detail the different ways of mixing ingredients to come up with the best baking results possible. It’s important to first […]

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8 Tips For Better Bread Making

January 30, 2014 8 Comments
8 Tips For Better Bread Making

How to Bake Great Bread at Home Many people are extremely intimidated by bread making. I’ve heard folks say everything from “I’m afraid of yeast,” to “I can’t make bread.” And that last is usually before they even try their hand at it. With the proliferation of helpful tools–everything wonderful bread cookbooks to stand mixers […]

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Bread Making Ingredients

September 9, 2012 40 Comments
Bread Making Ingredients

How Ingredients change bread characteristics As I described in How to Make Bread and then again in Basic Bread Recipe, most bread recipes include 4 ingredients (not counting the sugar that the yeast ate) and a very straightforward mixing method. There are infinite types of yeast breads out in the world, everything from bagels to […]

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How To Make Bread

July 17, 2012 19 Comments
How To Make Bread

Here’s How To Make Great Bread At its simplest and most straightforward, yeast bread is made up of flour, water, salt and yeast. That’s it. Let me list them again: flour, water, salt, yeast. This page will teach you in detail what you need to know to make great bread at home but if you […]

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Learn How to Bake Anything

June 18, 2012 10 Comments
Learn How to Bake Anything

The Art of Baking – a dry heat method of cooking Definition of Baking Baking is defined as cooking food in an oven using dry heat. That’s all well and good, but since baking is one of the primary ways in which we cook food, let’s take a minute to look at baking, in depth. […]

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Still Even More Baking Questions Answered

June 17, 2011 4 Comments
Still Even More Baking Questions Answered

Learn More About Baking This week I received a bunch more baking questions from readers. Great questions but I’m not much of a baker so again I asked my friend Chef Jenni for help. Readers want to know about pre-making tarts, white sugar substitutes, baking soda questions and more. Here are a few of the […]

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Pound Cake Recipe and Crust Fix

March 10, 2011 18 Comments
Pound Cake Recipe and Crust Fix

Simple Pound Cake Recipe Plus Crust Fix Yet another baking problem requiring an answer. I’m not much of a baker (yet) although my 13 year old daughter loves to bake and her mom (my wife) is a very good baker. In fact she made an Apple Pear Cake recipe given to her from our friend […]

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Even More Baking Questions

March 4, 2011 5 Comments
Even More Baking Questions

Your Baking Questions Answered As you know from previous posts, The Reluctant Gourmet receives lots of questions on various culinary topics including baking and pastry making. I am not a professional chef nor a baker but I try to answer what I can from personal experiences and when I can’t answer a question, I ask […]

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