Want To Bake? With A Little Effort You Could Be Queen Of Cake

 

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Have you always wanted to perfect baking? Do you want to create baked treats for your family, special birthday cakes?  Maybe you want to move beyond, cake in a cup, and make a work of art just for yourself.  Either way, baking skills are useful.  It’s one of those things many of us don’t get around to in a busy life.  Who has time to bake?  You do! We can all make time for the things we love. Stop putting your baking quest off. It’s time to perfect your cake prowess. Instead of sitting in front of the television, take to the kitchen. It may seem like an effort, but it’ll be worth it! Soon, baking will be your favorite way to relax. Here’s how to get started.

 

GET STUCK IN **

**get stuck in (or into) phrase of stick 
  1. 1.
    BRITISHinformal
    start doing (something) enthusiastically or with determination.
    “we got stuck into the decorating”

The best way to improve at baking is to get started. That’s why it’s important to get stuck in. Don’t put your task off by waiting for the perfect cookbook, or the right equipment. All you need is a few basic things and your ingredients. If you don’t have a recipe to follow, take to the internet. Basic baking recipes aren’t hard to find.

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There’s no denying that you’re going to fail along the way. Some of your recipes will come out perfect, but some won’t. You might have to throw whole cakes away. It’s important you’re not afraid of that. If you let the fear of failure overtake, you might stop trying. Instead, use it as a learning experience. Once you’ve seen what doesn’t work, you’ll be able to change your method for the better. Failure is the best teacher when it comes to learning how to bake! Realize, too, that some recipes aren’t going to work for you. Read a recipe through before you start. If the method sounds strange, it may be best to find a different recipe! Being aware of elevation is important too.  Cakes for the coast aren’t necessarily cakes for the mountains.

…BUT BE AWARE OF THE COST

One thing you do need to consider with your failures is the cost. Baking can be expensive.  Here is the truth: store bought cakes are sometimes cheaper. Even so, baking is worthwhile.  If you’re trying a recipe for the first time, you may want to buy the less expensive ingredients to start with, or be prepared to “eat” the cost instead of the cake.  If you intend to do a lot of baking, stock up in bulk to save money.

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LEARN TO IMPROVISE

Any good baker knows how to improvise. Once you know the basics, start straying from the recipes. This is when your baking will come into its own. It’ll also mean that you can replace ingredients with what you have in your cupboard. Another excellent way to cut costs! You’ll develop a palate for flavor combinations that work. That will allow you to develop some wonderful ideas. The more you express your creativity with your baking, the more fun you’ll have. As soon as you think you’re ready, start creating your own ideas. And remember; failure is okay!  I’m not a professional baker, like Terry of Terry’s Baking, but we had fun!

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Here is a quick recipe to get you started, it is a basic yellow cake and very easy to experiment with.

Easy Basic Cake

Ingredients

  • - 2 Cups flour
  • - 1 1/2 Cups white sugar
  • - 3 1/2 teaspoons Baking Power
  • - 1 teaspoon salt
  • - 1/2 cup butter (or half butter and half coconut oil)
  • - 1 cup of milk (or coconut milk)
  • - 1 teaspoon of flavouring, I like almond
  • 3 eggs

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350
  2. Grease and flour a 13x9 pan
  3. Put everything into large bowl and blend
  4. Pour into pan
  5. Bake 40-45 minutes
  6. Cool and add icing.
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Easy Butter Tarts

img_3437Butter tarts are made out to be difficult to make, not so.  They are a beautiful addition to your Christmas baking and everyone is so impressed.  This is my recipe, and I make it easier by using frozen tart shells.  Honestly frozen tart shells are the best thing since sliced bread.  If you want to make pastry go ahead, but be sure to add a couple hours extra on the prep time.

This recipe is a “dump” recipe.  Add all the ingredients and mix; well you can keep the raisins until last and stir them in.  Spoon out the goodness and half fill each shell.  Bake until brown and set.  So delicious.  This time I used the raisins from the grapes I dried and they tasted amazing.  img_3433

Assemble all your ingredients and turn on your oven.  Add everything into the small mixing bowl and mix until the butter is cut into small pieces and everything is blended together.  Stir in raisins.img_3431img_3434

Place two dozen frozen shells on a large baking sheet.  Fill the shells half full, they will bubble and overflow and make a big mess if you overfill.  Bake until they are brown and set.  Serve warm or cold.  They also freeze well.img_3435 img_3436

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easy Butter Tarts

Ingredients

  • - 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • - 2 Eggs
  • - 3 Tbsp Cold Butter
  • - 1/2 Tsp Vanilla
  • - 1 Tsp White Vinegar
  • - 1 Cup Raisins (or Currants if you prefer) * Can also add chopped nuts

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients except raisins and blend until butter is in small chunks.
  2. Add raisins and stir
  3. Fill unbaked tart shells 1/2 full
  4. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes.
  5. Watch carefully, turn cookie sheet half way through if your oven is not even.
  6. The filling should be set not runny. Add minutes on if you need to.
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Quick & Easy Christmas Dessert

Coconut Lemon Tarts

With so many commitments over the Christmas season, it’s easy to get overwhelmed.  One way I like to ease up is to make simple desserts.  My favourite is tarts, yes tarts!  This recipe is so fast you can whip them up in an hour and they look like you have been working all day.

Coconut Lemon Tarts

Coconut Lemon Tarts

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