Baking is one of the most relaxing activities you can perform in the kitchen. It is a great way to reduce stress and create appetizing creations for the whole family to enjoy. While just about anyone can become a (mediocre) home baker, mastering the field of baking takes several years. Thankfully, unless you are looking to start a professional venture, tips from a few professionals can help you avoid common mistakes. We have put together a list from professional bakers and pastry chefs of some of the most common baking mistakes, so you can avoid making them in your kitchen.
#1: Don’t Stop Halfway
We get it, creaming together butter and sugar is really simple, but most people actually fail to do it correctly. With desserts, you will spend more time creaming these two ingredients than you actually do baking, so it is critical to get it right. Instead of stopping halfway through, make sure you do the full beat.
Creaming is not as hard as it sounds, even for beginners. Always start with room-temperature ingredients. You don’t want melted or hard butter. Your sugar should also be at room temperature and free from lumps. As you beat them together, make sure you keep going until you have a mixture that is light, fluffy, and almost free from visible sugar grains.