6) Don’t overheat chocolate
Overheating chocolate can have disastrous consequences for your dish. Instead of getting the smooth creamy texture you desire, you’ll find your chocolate grainy, scorched or separated. It’s best to heat chocolate slowly and remove it from the utensil before it’s completely melted. You can then stir it until it’s smooth and add the required ingredients.
7) Measure the ingredients precisely
If you’re baking for the first time, it’s critical to measure the ingredients precisely to ensure that you don’t mess up. Measuring in approximations may result in your cake or cookies being tough, rubbery and hard to eat. Make sure that you follow the instructions exactly and measure all the ingredients twice for perfect results.
8) Don’t over-soften butter
If you’re in a hurry and have opted for the easy way out by melting your butter in the microwave or stove, you may pay for it later. Over-softened or completely melted butter can result in your cookies spreading too much or your cake being too dense. It’s advisable to leave the butter out at room temperature for 30 – 45 minutes and then use it for best results.
9) Never overcrowd the utensil
We’ve all reached a point where we just need the food to cook quickly. Putting everything in the pan at one go may seem like a good idea initially, but it results in your food going soggy before it even touches your plate. While cooking, food releases moisture that needs room to escape. By overcrowding your utensil and stuffing it to its limit you leave no room for the food to cook properly, resulting in soggy food.
10) Know your oven, inside and out
Did your cake get burnt even after following the instructions perfectly? Each oven works a little differently and on ageing has its own quirks and drawbacks. Even a perfectly working oven may have spots where it heats faster compared to others. It’s important for you to know the hot-spots of your oven to avoid burning your cake by mistake. Keep the tray in an area you know will heat consistently and evenly to ensure that the cake comes out perfect.