All right, kids, here are some baking tips for you to keep in mind:
- Preheat the oven at the start of cooking.
- Lining baking pans for cakes and cookies with parchment paper (available at baking and cake decorating supply stores, see sources) makes removal far easier.
- Continue to grease and flour if recipe directs. Recipes calling for ungreased sheets don't need parchment either these fat-rich dishes will not stick to the pan!
- The recipes involving yeast doughs begin with proofing the dough in lukewarm liquid with a little sugar. It's best to make sure the yeast is working before you add all the other ingredients!
- Lukewarm water should feel pleasantly or only slightly warm to a child. If the water is too cool the yeast will not wake up either! Yeast that's been open for a long time, like six months, sometimes fails to rise too so it would be best to buy yeast in small batches and use it often.
- Recipes for cakes that call for stirring 100 times by hand can also be made by older children using a mixer at medium speed for 1 minute. But the hand method ensures that even my four year old students get to make chocolate cupcakes!
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