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11 Tips to Becoming a Better Baker


Anyone who has known me for more than a few days knows that I wouldn’t call myself a whiz in the kitchen.  In fact, I’m pretty much the farthest person from said whiz.  While I pull together all breakfasts, lunches, and snacks in our household, I use a very limited set of ingredients.  Ray makes all of our dinners and is the crafty cook.  But that doesn’t mean that I don’t have a desire to be more creative!  Which is exactly the reason why I perked up when I found an older article in Bon Appetite that highlights tips from pros on how to make better baked goods.

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Click on the link above to read the full article, but their 11 tips are as follows:

1) Use room temperature ingredients

2) Invest in quality bakeware

3) Butter and flour your pans generously

4) Weigh your ingredients

5) Toss the old stuff (baking ingredients get bad quickly)

6) Take your time to fully complete each step (and to read the descriptors)

7) Use Salt

8) Rotate halfway through (your oven is likely warmer on one side than the other)

9) Don’t mess with the suggested temperature or baking time (unless you have a very high or low oven)

10) Let it cool completely

11) Use substitutions at your own risk


What tips do you to becoming a better baker?  Can’t wait to try many of your recipes!

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  • Reply BreAnna @ Crafty Coin

    These are great! I don’t fancy myself a baker in the slightest… Although I tend to be a perfectionist so you think I would be great since baking takes such precision! Love these tips. Definitely going to implement some.

    May 13, 2015 at 9:36 am
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Ha, totally with you! I’m completely Type A… guess I need to work on my shopping skills so that I can have some of the necessary ingredients on hand. 🙂

      May 13, 2015 at 12:37 pm
  • Reply Whisked Away

    Thanks for sharing these tips, there are a few I had never thought of but they make sense, like room temp ingredients and rotating halfway through.

    May 14, 2015 at 4:29 am
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Great points, right?! Glad I’m not the only one that needs these tips to become the ultimate baker. 🙂

      May 14, 2015 at 10:00 pm
  • Reply Sweet Tea Sweetie

    These are great tips!

    May 19, 2015 at 11:25 am
  • Reply cookingwithteamj

    Awesome tips! I completely agree with investing in quality bakeware.. I used to buy the really cheap ones and they don’t last as long and don’t bake evenly… Now I know better!

    May 19, 2015 at 11:51 am
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Right – they end up ruined so quickly! Definitely worth the extra investment for better baked goods in the long run. 🙂

      May 19, 2015 at 5:11 pm
  • Reply Cassie Cottura

    Love this! I love baking, but sometimes feel intimidated by it!

    May 19, 2015 at 10:40 pm
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Totally with you! These helped me, hope they’re helpful to you, too. 🙂

      May 20, 2015 at 9:46 am
  • Reply Kim // Peeled Wellness

    This is my life- my baking always fails. I think my biggest weakness is that I never follow directions exactly… surprising for a teacher- right? Thanks for linking up on Tuesday!

    May 23, 2015 at 9:06 am
    • Reply semisweettooth

      Bahaha – I always want to get creative… but maybe I should stick to the basics?

      May 25, 2015 at 9:01 pm

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