Wednesday, November 07, 2012

The Three Things You Need When Baking

Essential Baking Equipment

Essential Baking Equipment

The Three Things You Need When Baking

So you fancy yourself as a baker, you have gotten the latest edition of the Jamie Oliver cook book and you are ready to flip through the book. Since you are new, your first instinct is to look for recipes that say easy on the top and well Jamie says that it does not get any easier than an apple pie.

 

 

So you decided to make the apple pie and off to the shops to get all the ingredients – the eggs, sugar, flour, baking soda, butter and so on. Well what is next? There are three important things you need to have before you can begin your baking adventure: An electric beater mixing bowl, an oven and a dishwasher.

 

 

 Number One – The Electric Beater

The reason the electric beater is so important is that in order to make a soft, creamy and light dough, you need to beat the eggs, sugar and butter well. A hand beater will only leave you feeling like you have just rowed across the pacific ocean and your arms will be feeling rather ginger (not a good way to start).

 

An electric beater also allows you to add the ingredients into the bowl and give you more time to focus on getting the recipe right. Remember to watch the speeds – the faster it goes the messier it gets, there is a fine line between beating fast enough and spraying your kitchen with eggs, sugar and butter.

 

 

Number Two – An Oven

When baking the oven is the most critical component in the apple pies success. The reason for this is that the older the oven, the hard it is to get the temperature correct (over time the oven can become hotter or cooler). Buying a new oven will ensure that your apple pie bakes at the right temperature and will be more energy efficient as newer models use less electricity.

 

 

Number Three- The Dishwasher

A dishwasher is the most amazing device that allows you to pack all your dirty dishes in and walk away. Trust me when I tell you as a baking lover, there is nothing worse than having to clean ten bowls, five measuring cups, spatula’s, beaters and the trays in the sink.

 

It takes forever and leaves you not wanting to repeat the exercise, so get yourself a good quality dishwasher and ensure that you do not place extra unnecessary strain on your new hobby.

 

 

To conclude, ensure that you keep a ‘noise’ on your apple pie. No one wants to burn their apple pie and have to start all over, after all it looks so delicious when you preparing it. Remember, to make a traditional apple pie, you need to make custard with it. It not only completes you dish, but will leave your guests begging you for more.

 

 

I am Greg Jones, a gym nut, food lover and adventurer and online bed shop user…True be told I have a weakness for apple pie and even though I try to resist its goodness, I am slightly powerless to a well prepared apple pie… The crust, the crumple, the juicy apples…oh I am dying for a slice now. I may just need to go find a comfortable bed to lie down on afterwards though.