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Baking from Scratch: 5 Tips for Tackling Homemade Baking Recipes

Learn how to make easy cake recipes from scratch with these helpful baking tips.

By: Chelsea Scarnegie, Editor, TheBestDessertRecipes.com
Baking from Scratch
Baking from Scratch

Sometimes, it can be very special to make something from scratch, whether it be a homemade chocolate cake or a pumpkin pie from scratch. If you're afraid that it sounds like too much of a hassle, this guide, Baking from Scratch: 5 Tips for Tackling Homemade Baking Recipes should put you at ease. Making cake recipes from scratch will help you feel like an old-fashioned baker in a world of processed foods and fancy baking equipment. All you need are a few ingredients and your hands to make a beautiful cake recipe from scratch, among other delicious homemade recipes.
Baking from scratch is beneficial because you know exactly what is going into each and every bite you take. Imagine how proud you will be when you show up to the party with your very own cake that you made completely by hand. Everybody will be asking you which brand of cake mix you used. They will be so surprised when they find out that you made it yourself. Introduce your children to the kind of homemade desserts that your own grandmother made you with these useful baking tips and tricks.

5 Tips for Tackling Homemade Baking Recipes

  1. Make sure your pantry has all the right baking staples. This includes whole wheat flour, unbleached flour, yeast, baking powder, and baking soda.

  2. For an allergy-friendly recipe, use substitutesMilk, for example, can be substituted for water or fruit juice. To substitute an egg, use a mixture of 1 tsp. baking powder, 1 T. liquid, and 1 T. vinegar. Do this for each egg required. If you need a substitute for wheat, 1 cup of wheat flour can be substituted for 7/8 cups of rice flour.

  3. Simplicity is a possibility. Baking from scratch is much less complicated than it may sound. To keep things simple, look for recipes that only require one mixing bowl (check out our So Easy 2-Ingredient Nutella Cake and our Classic Caramel Cake). You can even find recipes where you don't have to sift the flour. This gluten-free pumpkin pie recipe is low in sugar as well as in carbs. You won't be able to find something like that in a store!

  4. Pay attention to what's in season. Strawberry and blueberry season, for example, is brief. You can check out what state's crops are available by checking online. Buying fresh fruits yields healthier, tastier foods. It's even more fun when you can go to a farm and pick your own. You will be saving money while drawing out the beautiful experience of baking from scratch. Be sure to can and freeze whatever you don't use so nothing goes to waste.

  5. Be a bit more cautious when you bake from scratch. Try not to open the oven door. Also be sure to accurately measure each ingredient. This will ensure that the cake stays flat and does not rise or fall in the center.

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