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Old 09-10-2004, 03:15 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Ganache
I would recommend "The Cake Bible" by Rose Levy Beranbaum. It may be alittle technical, but does explain alot & you should be able to learn from it.
The Pie and Pastry Bible by Beranbaum is just as good a resource for...well, pies and pastries. Her books are well done and have great ideas.

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Old 09-10-2004, 09:11 PM   #12
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You pretty much hafto follow baking recipes as it is chemistry and science ,regular cookin is an art as you can mess around alot with food. Naturally you can add a few extra goodies in baking like nuts and choc olate chips but untill you have baked alot its hard to know how to mess with a baking recipe.

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Old 09-11-2004, 11:07 AM   #13
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I'd also add that as you are reading recipes and techniques, you get a clear understanding of the terms - what does 'fold' mean, versus 'beat' - when a recipe says 'beat eggs and sugar til light and fluffy', have an image in your head of what 'light and fluffy' looks like.

Get some decent equipment - you don't have to go top of the line - Cooks Illustrated did a study a while ago on cookie sheets, and they found they liked the inexpensive 'Eco' ones the best. Make sure your oven is at the correct setting - if you don't have an oven thermometer, put it on your list of 'must -haves'! I think more baking is ruined by inaccurate oven temps than just about anything else.

And lastly, start simple - don't attempt a recipe that has a thousant ingredients, and the same amount of steps in the recipe. A simple cookie, or quick bread, or cake, to start off with. As your technique for each item grows, you can build your confidence in more difficult recipes.

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Old 09-11-2004, 01:28 PM   #14
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I just made my first batch of muufins from scratch. I'm on a roll now.I picked up the book Muffins by Francesca DiPaolo. I was gettin bored so I thought I would start learning to bake. I make Pizza,Foccacia,and Bagels but other than that I am a Moron when it comes to cakes,cookies,muffins,and pies. I have to follow a recipe exactly except for pizza and some breads.
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Old 09-12-2004, 04:59 PM   #15
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Re: Basics of Baking

Originally Posted by luckieazn87
Please excuse my ignorance in baking. But I have a question that's been bothering me. I love to bake, but I feel like I lack a basic knowledge of baking. Like the amount of each ingredient that is needed, and what each does, and ratios of flour to eggs or sugar, or etc. Just those kinds of stuff. Can someone please elaborate?? Thank you.
Always use butter or lard for the fat required! You will not be sorry.

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