baking tips

How to Make a CAKE From Scratch in One Bowl

How to Make a CAKE From Scratch in One Bowl

Have you made a one bowl cake before?  Have you even heard of a one bowl cake?  Well its one of the easiest cakes you will ever make.

No sifting or creaming required.  Once you have all of your ingredients measured, you can have this cake in the oven in less than 10 minutes, and that’s if you mix the cake by hand, like I did in the video.  If you use your mixer, it will take less than 5 minutes!

How to Make Homemade Cookies

How to Make Cookies  










Before you learn how to make homemade cookies, you need to know what tools you need to get the job done.  Making cookies is one of the most rewarding experiences for a home baker because cookies are like little circles of happiness that you can give to friends and family.  It's one of the easiest ways to put a smile on someones face.

Knowing how to make homemade cookies isn't as complicated as rocket science, but you foo need the right equipment.  Have you ever tried to bake cookies on a sheet pan from the dollar store?  I have, and those bad boys were blacker than Wesley Snipes on the bottom. :) Using the right tools makes a huge difference in the final product.

Here is my list of tools and equipment for making cookies at home.

  1. Set of Mixing Bowls- For measuring ingredients before hand and getting everything organized and with in arms reach
  2. Whisk- for whipping eggs before adding to other ingredients
  3. Measuring Spoons
  4. Dry Measuring Cups
  5. Liquid Measuring Cups
  6. Ofsett Spatula or table knife
  7. Paring knife
  8. Rubber Spatula
  9. Flexible spatula for lifting cookies off cooky sheets
  10. Rolling Pin
  11. Flat surface for rolling Roulpat
  12. Cooky sheet, Jelly roll pans half or quarter sheet pans
  13. Silpat mat so you don’t have to worry about cookies sticking-also eliminates the need for expensive parchment paper
  14. Grinder for nuts and seeds-flax or fennel seeds in your cookies
  15. Cooky cutters
  16. Electric mixer
  17. Silicone brush for greasing pans if you don’t have a silpat I prefer silicone because there is nothing more annoying than the fibers of a bristle pastry brush coming off on your food
  18. Oven thermometer

If you have never made cookies at home, this list should be helpful.  If you need an easy beginners recipe for cookies, try this one.

7 Tips for Making Yeast Bread

Parker House Rolls
Parker House Rolls

So many people are afraid of baking bread from scratch, but making yeast bread is easy if you know the right steps.  The ingredients are simple and as long as you have some very basic tools, your bread wile a success.

Yeast Bread Tip #1-  Always read through the recipe thoroughly to make sure that you have all the tools and ingredients necessary to complete the recipe.  There is nothing more annoying than getting to the middle of a recipe and realizing that you have to run out to the store and get something thats missing.

Yeast Bread Tip #2-  Make sure you prepare your pans as called for in the recipe.  Some breads need to be baked in pans that have been brushed with oil or butter, others need to be baked on pans that have been lined with parchment paper.  If you skip this step it could be a disaster.  I have made bread that had to be sawed out of the pan!  Needless to say that particular loaf wasn't fit to be served to company.  Lesson learned.

Yeast Bread Tip #3-  Always test your yeast in lukewarm liquid 80 -85° F.  If the water is too hot, it will kill the yeast and your bread won't rise.  This is one big tip that many beginning bread bakers need, because other than having a dead yeast packet, nothing else was wrong.  Once you sprinkle your yeast in warm water, let it sit for a few minutes.  You should see tiny bubble starting to break on the surface of the water, that will let you know that your yeast is alive and well.

Yeast Bread Tip #4-  Test your bread before you pull it out of the oven.  A yeast bread that is baked properly should be golden brown and sound hollow when tapped.  The most accurate way to check your bread is with an instant read thermometer.  It should register between 190-200°F.

Yeast Bread Tip #5- Remove your breads or rolls from the pans and cool them on wire racks unless your recipe states otherwise.  Bread that has cooled completely in the pan has a tendency to be soggy on the bottom from all the steam escaping as the bread cools.

Yeast Bread Tip #6-  If you like soft breads and rolls, brush the tops of the loaves with butter as soon as you take them out of the oven.  If you want to keep the tops of your loaves crisp, just brush with milk or a mixture of egg yolk and water.

Yeast Bread Tip #7-  Store your bread when it is completely cooled.  A bread box is best, but bread can be wrapped in plastic or foil for freezer storage.

Bonus Yeast Bread Tip -  Approach your bread baking with confidence, the more confident you are, the less hesitant you will be and will bread will turn out great!