BAKING TIPS

Read before you bake

Read before you bake

It helps if you are baking a recipe for the first time to thoroughly read through the recipe so that you understand all the steps, and have all of your tools, pans and ingredients lined up. Otherwise, you may end up halfway through your recipe, only to realize that you have to run next door for your missing ingredient!

Bake with the finest  ingredients

Bake with the finest ingredients

Your desserts will only be as tasty as the ingredients that go into making them. Using only pure cane Florida Crystals® Sugar (of course!) and the freshest ingredients for dairy, such as eggs, butter or milk, as well as fresh fruits and spices, will give you the best results.

Room temperature

Room temperature

Remember to bring refrigerated items like butter, eggs and cream cheese to room temperature (68°F – 77°F) before you start to assemble your recipes. A good idea is to take those ingredients out a few hours before you plan to bake. If you forgot to take the eggs out, take the chill out by dipping them in a bowl of warm water. For butter, cut into chunks, and at room temperature, it will soften in about 15 minutes.

Measure accurately

Measure accurately

Be certain that your measurements are accurate and consistent. Use metal or plastic measuring cups for dry ingredients, and glass or clear plastic for liquids. Use calibrated measuring spoons, not table utensils, to measure dry ingredients. Fluff up flour and powdered sugar before spooning into a measuring cup.

Mix it  right

Mix it right

Dry ingredients should be combined together thoroughly in one bowl before you combine them with liquids. Mix together on medium speed just until dry ingredients are blended in. Overmixing will cause cookies to toughen up.

The right pan size

The right pan size

Always use the pan size called for in a recipe to avoid burning or brimming over when baking. To calculate the pan’s width, measure across the top from inside edge to inside edge.

The right pan size

Always bake at the correct temperature

Be sure to accurately preheat the oven. Closely monitor the oven thermometer to maintain a consistent temperature. Try not to open the oven door; use the oven light instead to check on your baking. If you have opened the oven door, you may need to increase the baking time.

Always bake at the correct  temperature

Let the air circulate

When you place your pans in the oven, place them in the middle of the center oven rack to allow for air circulation. Avoid opening the oven door while baking since sudden temperature changes may cause  unexpected baking results.

Is it done yet?

Is it done yet?

To be certain your baked item is done, carefully insert a cake tester or wooden toothpick into the middle of the dessert. Be careful not to insert it into any moist ingredient like jam or jelly. Your dessert is ready to enjoy when the tester comes out clean.

Cool it

Cool it

Just because it’s out of the oven doesn’t mean you’re done. Cooling time is also key to your end result. Some recipes call to cool completely on a wire rack. This is important, because if you leave the item in the pan, the heat from the pan will continue to bake it to the point where it gets overdone.