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14 Things About Baking You May Not Have Known

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Baking is a fascinating process that yields delicious results. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced baker, there’s always something new to learn. So here are fourteen things about Baking that you may not have known. Enjoy!


1. Baking is a Science

The Science Of Baking

Baking is absolutely a science as well as an art. When you add flour, sugar, eggs, oil, etc., you have to do this in a sequence of steps that bring you to the same ending, something edible every time.

As a baker, we can think of ourselves as chemists and scientists. Why may you ask? We add different ingredients together in a sequence of steps that create delicious goodies. If done correctly, you can bake over and over again.

So, to sum this up, “baking is simply a form of chemistry that results in edible results rather than other chemical solutions or creations.” This quote is brought to you by Delighted Cooking


2. Baking is an Art

Baking Is An Art

Why is Baking considered an art? Think about this for a moment; if you are adding all of these ingredients together and making, let’s say, a cake from scratch, then you are creating art! By the time you cook your cake frost it and decorate it, you have created a beautiful piece of edible art.🎂

We, as bakers, can be compared to an artist who paints or artists that sculpt. A painter creates beautiful pictures for us to look at and enjoy using paintbrushes of different sizes and paints of different colors. Sculptors create beautiful pieces of statues, bowls, animals, etc., using molding clay and a variety of tools to shape and mold their sculptures. And they use a firing process for baking the clay or sculpture. We bake our goodies just like they do, except we use an oven.😉

We sculpt our cakes, cookies, pies, etc. We can then decorate them using paintbrushes, a rotating cake stand, cake, cookie painting, cake spatulas to smooth out the icing on our cakes, and tools for shaping and cutting fondant. And I could go on and on. You get the jest of it, though, right? Do you see the similarities?


3. Baking is a Trade

A Lady Decorating A Cake

If you love to bake, why not make a career out of it and do something you enjoy. Of course, this may require a certification that you can usually obtain by doing an apprenticeship. You can get these through bakeries that offer training such as Publix, Kroger, Ingles, technical or community college programs to help you obtain an associate degree or certificate. Usually, a college degree is not needed.👩‍🎓

Steps to becoming a baker:

  1. Obtain your apprenticeship- through bakeries such as Publix, Kroger, Ingels, technical or community college programs.
  2. Obtain a business degree- do this only if you are interested in opening your on bakery. You can do this by  taking courses in small business management through a continuing education program.
  3. Get your Certification- certification is not usually a requirement by most employers, however, if you obtain your certification it will put you ahead of the competition.
  4. Attain additional experience- if you want to advance your career, gain more experience. Learn different techniques and skills that will lead you to owning your on business and creating high quality products that you can be proud of.

4.  Baking is an Addiction

My Baking Addiction

Baking is most definitely an addiction for me. I can honestly say without a doubt that “baking is my happy place.” I enjoy getting in my kitchen and baking cakes and goodies for my family for any occasion. It is a soothing therapy for me.

One of my favorite things to do is take a recipe and make it my own because it is challenging and fun! I came up with a recipe years ago that I call my “goulash.” My kids love it, and it’s always a family favorite at get-togethers.😉


5. Baking is Therapeutic

Baking Is My Therapy

Yes, Baking certainly is therapeutic. If you are having a stressful day or week, measuring out ingredients and mixing them all helps relieve stress and anxiety. It makes me happy knowing that I am creating something beautiful and tasty for my family.

Creating things has been shown to make us happy if we feel out of sorts. Also, it gives us a feeling of accomplishment and triggers our senses of smell, touch, taste, and then, finally, seeing our result. So, the next time you feel anxious or stressed, try Baking. Baking will help you feel more relaxed, happier, and enthusiastic about life. Not to mention it can give you a sense of personal growth.😁


6. Baking is Precise

Why Precision Baking Is Important

You may be wondering why Baking is so precise? Because when you measure all of your ingredients out and have your oven set to the correct baking temperature and time set, your Baking becomes like a science. If you follow your recipe step by step, you will produce the same results every time.

The correct amount of flour, eggs, oil, sugar, etc., is critical to the product’s taste and the proper consistency and density. When we are baking, we wear different hats. That must be why a chef’s hat is so tall because we are scientists, biologists, artists, painters, and sculptors. Dang, we are so talented!😊


7. Baking is Forgiving

Baking

No, Baking is not very forgiving! Instead, you ask for a disaster if you don’t measure the ingredients and take shortcuts. Baking is a science because you are mixing exact amounts of flour, sugar, eggs, oil, etc., together, guesstimating is a big No-No. So if you are baking cookies and trying to take shortcuts, you may wind up with cookies hard as rocks.

On the other hand, cooking is more forgiving. You can usually get away with adding whatever ingredients that you want to a recipe and make it your own. Baking, not so much. With Baking, the slightest miscalculation could mean a flat, dense cake should you forget the eggs. And the taste would be awful!😝


8. Baking is Challenging

Well, We Have The Answer Right Here

Yes, Baking can be very challenging. But, not to worry, practice makes perfect (well, almost perfect). We are human, and I can guarantee you that you will still make some mistakes along the way. I have been baking and cooking for 46+ years, and I still make mistakes at times. So, it doesn’t matter if you are a seasoned pro or just starting; you will make mistakes. When that happens, chalk it up to experience and a lesson well learned.

Because Baking requires exact measurements and the correct baking times make it more difficult. At the same time, whatever you are cooking can usually be saved if you make a mistake by modifying your recipe. Flour is one of the ingredients that can make them dry and challenging if you add too much to your cookies. Add too much flour to your biscuits, and they will be dry and crumbly.🤦‍♀️


9.  Baking is Rewarding

Mother Baking With Her Three Kids

Oh gosh, yes! Baking can be very rewarding because you can create all kinds of delicious treats for your family and friends. It helps relieve stress and anxiety and gives me a sense of well-being and accomplishment. And it also lifts my mood.

Lord only knows after the pandemic we have had in the last two years, I can honestly tell you that Baking and cooking have helped me a lot! Another great thing about Baking is you can spend quality time with your kids and teach them a great lesson. Who knows, they may grow up to be a famous chef.👩‍🍳


10. Baking is Delicious

Cupcakes And Pastries

Baking cakes, cookies, pies, etc., is so delicious. Nobody can deny that! There is nothing better than a piece of cake and a good ole cup of coffee, except enjoying it with family and friends. You can bake up some deliciousness that no one can resist when you have suitable recipes.☕

Get yourself some good recipes and get your Baking and cooking on!


11.  Baking is Beautiful

This beautiful cake says it all! Yes, Baking is gorgeous. Even if your cake does not look like the above picture, it is still a beautiful form of art that you created. To me, Baking is not about how beautiful the goodies turn out to be, but how much fun and thought I put into it.

Watching my family eating and enjoying what I baked is beautiful to me! 😊


12.  Overmixing is Bad

Cake Sunk In The Middle

The number one mistake people make when mixing up their cake batter. Overmixing results in a dense cake. That is weak and will fall in the middle, as in the picture above. The taste of an overmixed is disgusting. Once you overmix, there is nothing you can do to fix it. So, guess what? That means you will have to toss the cake and start all over. Bummer!

I will use flour as an example; if you mix the flour into the butter, mix it until no more white flour is showing. Then you will know the flour is incorporated with the butter. Always follow your recipe step by step. Never skip over the numbers because you will be asking for a disaster.😣


13. Baking is Versatile

Muffins

When I think of versatility with Baking, I think of muffins. Muffins are a popular breakfast item for many people, including me. You can get them in sweet form or spicy. People can find something in a muffin to satisfy most picky eaters.

With muffins, you can add almost any flavor you can imagine. I love a maple muffin with bacon on top. When my son-in-law first introduced me to them, I thought he had lost his mind! But once I tasted that sweet and salty taste of the bacon, OMG, it was awesome! So, don’t be afraid to try different flavors of muffins. You may be surprised deliciously.🤤


14. Baking is Fun

Baking is most definitely fun. I enjoy baking cookies for Thanksgiving and decorating them with my grandkids. It is so much fun to see the colors they come up with and their designs on the cookies. They enjoy it too.

The holidays are my favorite time to get in the kitchen and bake cakes, cookies, pies, etc., for gift giving and for all of the family get-togethers.🤗


I hope you have enjoyed “14 Things About Baking You May Not Have Known,” learned something you didn’t know, and walked away feeling better about baking those goodies.

Remember, always follow your recipe step by step, and you should be fine. So, get out there and get your Baking on and enjoy what you are baking. I know you can do this!

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🍰

donna@bakingwithdonna.com

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How to Make Yummy Homemade Biscuits

Yummy Homemade Biscuits
Yummy Homemade Biscuits

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Hey, Ya’ll! Have you always wanted to bake fresh homemade biscuits, but were afraid to try? No worries because I have gotcha covered.

Making homemade biscuits takes me back to my childhood days. I remember my mom fixing homemade biscuits on the weekends when I was a little girl. I couldn’t wait for her to get the dough mixed up and the biscuits cut out and put on the pan and into the oven. I swear I can smell them cooking now! She would put real butter inside those yummy biscuits. After the butter was all melted, then she would call us to come and eat breakfast and we would put grape jelly, apple butter, or apple jelly inside those b-i-s-c-u-i-t-s and honey we would eat like we had right mind!! Of course, we had to have bacon or sausage to go with the biscuits as well.🤤 Ok, back to reality!

Now that I have you nice and hungry, I am going to share with you “How to Make Yummy Homemade Biscuits.” You can do this!

Baking biscuits is very easy and doesn’t take much time. As a Southern girl, I love my bread and sweets! You know, it’s a Southern Thang, ya’ll.

Now, to make all the sweet and savory goodness possible, we need some tools that are good quality and that will last a long time. A heavy-duty stand mixer makes all the difference when baking yummy homemade biscuits. I know they can be expensive, but they are worth their weight in gold.

Of course, if you prefer you can do like I use to do and mix everything up with your hands. That’s what my oldest granddaughter loves to do (she just turned 11). She says she likes to get her hands in there and mix it up real good. I use to, but my hands won’t let me do that anymore. ☹️


1. Tools for Baking Biscuits

KitchenAid Stand Mixer
KitchenAid Stand Mixer
  • As I have said before I love my KitchenAid Stand Mixer. For me it is a life saver and time saver. When I make my biscuits, I also use a “dough blender” before I use my dough hook on my KitchenAid. This helps to get the butterflavored crisco mixed into the flour before I add the other ingredients.

Spring Chef Dough Blender

The Dough Blender is excellent for blending Crisco sticks or butter into your dough before using your dough hook on your stand mixer. I have a dough blender that I really love. It is old and I bought it at an antique store close to me for about $1.50 a couple of years ago. You can use a fork to do this, but personally, I like the dough blender better. You won’t have to work as hard to get the job done.

2. Get Yo Self a Good Recipe

Biscuit Recipe

Get yourself a good recipe for biscuits. This is a very important step to baking yummy soft and flakey biscuits. I have got your back on this one as well. I have a recipe that is soooo yummy. For my yummy biscuit recipe go here>>>Southern Buttermilk Biscuits<<< This is the only recipe you will ever need!🤤


3. Follow the Recipe

Follow The Recipe

I know I have said this before and I am saying it again, follow the recipe! It is the most important step of all. If you do this one simple step, it will save you much time and money and you will go on to be a wonderful baker with any dish you want to create.


4. Gather the Ingredients

Gather The Ingredients
Gather the Ingredients

Get your White Lily Self-Rising Unbleached Flour, (or whatever flour you use), Butter Flavored Crisco Stick(s), Whole Buttermilk, and real butter to melt and put on top of biscuits and inside of them.


5. Measure the Ingredients

Measure Out Your Ingredients
Measure Out Your Ingredients

It’s better to go ahead and measure out everything before you start the mixing process. This helps to save you time and ensures that you are following the recipe correctly and makes mistakes less likely to happen. Trust me, once you start doing this process, it will become second nature to you and you will be glad that you did.


6. Mixing Everything Together

KitchenAid Stand Mixer With Dough Hook
KitchenAid Stand Mixer with Dough Hook

Now comes the best part, mixing it all together one ingredient at a time. First, you want to pour the measured out White Lily Self-Rising Unbleached flour into your mixing bowl, Second, add the butter flavored Crisco, now take a dough blender and mix it into the flour until it’s crumbly. Doing this before using a mixer will help it to mix up better. Third, add the whole buttermilk and mix until well incorporated. This is where I like to use my KitchenAid mixer with dough hook attachment, especially if I am fixing a lot of biscuits.


7. Roll the Dough and Cut them Out

Roll Out The Dough
Roll Out the Dough

Now that you have everything all mixed up it’s time to roll out the dough and cut them with a biscuit cutter. Once you get the dough all rolled out and the biscuits cut out, it’s time to spray Pam cooking spray or Baker’s Joy cooking spray on the iron skillet. Pre-heat your oven from 450 degrees F. to 500 degrees F. Now place the biscuits on the iron skillet of your choice and bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Once they are done butter the biscuits and add jelly, apple butter or whatever you like. Enjoy!


8. Get an Iron Skillet

Cast Iron Skillets With Lids
Cast Iron Skillets with Lids

You have to have an iron skillet if you want your biscuits to turn out soft and fluffy. I have several iron skillets of various sizes and I have a couple of dutch ovens too. If you like, you can purchase these at an antique store. As a matter of fact, some of the iron skillets I have I purchased at my local antique store. You can buy a set as well.


9. Other Tools (Last Minute Thought)

I’m going to add these just in case you would like to use these tools.

Biscuit Cutter
Biscuit Cutter

  • Biscuit Cutter is an excellent tool if you want to roll your biscuit dough out and then cut out your biscuits. My preference is to use a fork and scoop some up and roll them into a ball and pat them out in my hand. But if you are new to making biscuits, then you may want to roll them out and use a biscuit cutter to get the size you want. Most of mine are kinda on the big side and some are a little smaller (that’s why it’s called homemade😉). The decision is up to you.


Classic Wooden Rolling Pin
Classic Wooden Rolling Pin
  • Rolling Pin is an excellent choice for rolling out your biscuit dough, cookie dough, pie crust, and pastry dough. This of course is your choice regarding rolling out your biscuit dough. I will tell you that you will need one of these for your cookie dough, pie crust, and pastry dough. I have the classic wooden rolling pin because it’s easy to use and clean up is a breeze.

It has been my pleasure to write this article for you and I hope you enjoyed it. If you follow these 5 simple steps, you will be on your way to knowing “How to Make Yummy Homemade Biscuits.”

I will be honest with you, it may take you a few times of making these, but PLEASE don’t be discouraged and give up! You know the old saying “Practice makes perfect” and there is a lot of truth to this statement.


Tips from Donna’s Kitchen

Tip #1 If your dough is a little sticky, (and it most likely will be) put a little flour on your hands and that will keep it from sticking to you. Also, if you opt to roll them out, you will need to dust your surface with a little flour as well and put some on your rolling pin.

Tip #2 The least you handle your biscuit dough the lighter and flakier your biscuits will be.

FYI: The most expensive thing you will buy is going to be the stand mixer, but if you are just starting out, get one that will fit your budget and your needs. I started out with a Black and Decker handheld mixer. It was good for me at the time and then I decided I wanted a KitchenAid, so I got it.

Always do what is best for you and suits your needs! Don’t want a whole set of Iron skillets, go to an Antique store and get the size that best suits you. Most of all enjoy baking. You are going to make mistakes, so what? I’ve been baking for 46 years and still mess up. Use the mistakes as learning tools and keep on baking!😉

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy👩‍🍳

donna@bakingwithdonna.com

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