Tips & Techniques Kids & Family Baking Tips for Kids

Baking means to cook with hot, dry air in an oven. Cookies, cakes, pies and muffins are all foods that you bake. Here is information about a few basic techniques that are commonly used in baking.

Preparing baking pans

-Rub the inside of the pan with a piece of butter.

-Sprinkle a small amount of flour into the pan.

-Tilt the pan and tap lightly until the bottom and sides are evenly coated with flour. Dump out the excess.


Cutting butter and flour together

-Put the butter into the bowl of flour.

-Using 2 table knives, cut through the mixture.

-Continue cutting through the mixture until crumbs form.


Whipping heavy cream

-Pour the heavy cream into a bowl. 

-Using an electric mixer, whip the cream just until soft peaks form.

-Turn off the mixer. Lift the beaters and check that the peaks hold their shape.


Testing for doneness

-Use pot holders to take the pan out of the oven.

-Stick a toothpick into the center of a muffin, cake or brownies.

-Gently pull out the toothpick. If it comes out clean, the baked food is done.

Scraping batter in a bowl

-Steady the mixing bowl with one hand.

-Run the spatula slowly around the inside.

-Or turn the bowl, keeping the spatula in place, to scrape the batter from the sides.

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