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What Tools and Ingredients are Necessary When Baking?
Baking itself is a general term used when referring to using an oven to cook. This being the case, in any baking project, a fundamental tool to the baking process is, of course, an oven. There are many dishes and goods that can be baked in an oven from pastries and desserts to pizza and casseroles. When baking, the majority of the work is performed during the preparation item in question.
The item one is preparing will determine which ingredients are necessary and which tools will be needed to prepare a dish. Often times, baking pans or cookie sheets are necessary because, whether the dish in question be a cake or casserole, there must be an item to either confine, support or define the physical structure of the item. Depending on the recipe, the actual size and shape of the baking pan may be a necessary consideration as well.
Most of the items necessary during the entirety of a baking process are those that are used during preparation. These items can include mixing bowls, knives, cutting boards, spatulas, hand blenders, food processors, and flour sifters, just to name a few. Most recipes will list all of the necessary ingredients and tools, as well as appropriate oven temperatures.
Oven temperature may be one of the most critical aspects to observe and maintain when baking. Each ingredient, or combination of ingredients will cook thoroughly at different speeds: for example, eggs will cook at a very different speed than eggplants.
Particularly when baking flour-based recipes, following the exact instructions can be critical. When making soup, it is usually okay to substitute ingredients, or change amounts to taste. However, with baking, sometimes an ingredient is important to the overall consistency. Your cake may never rise or your cookies might be hard as rocks if you do not follow the directions.
What are Some Benefits of Baking?
There are many benefits of baking, ranging from cutting down time in the kitchen to the personal gratification achieved when preparing something special. The way baking might cut down a person’s time in the kitchen is that instead of having to prepare each ingredient individually, all of the ingredients are combined in one container and left in the oven at the proper temperature for a designated amount of time. The gratification of baking for someone special is also a huge benefit to considering baking. Rather than buying a present or store-bought pastry, presenting someone with a homemade cake, often demonstrates more thoughtfulness than anything on the recipient’s wish list ever would have.