We all have had quite some time on our hands to think and discover things we like doing. It’s already summer time, which means most of us are looking for any good reason to stay indoors. Be it our classrooms, restaurants, cafes, theatres or the comfort of our homes. This also happens to be the perfect time to get ourselves busy with a new hobby, there are definitely a few things that you might have been putting off for quite some time. While we are at it, allow us to suggest an exciting course for this summer: Baking!
Yes, you heard it right! Baking is one of the most sought after areas and Baking courses can be taken up as a hobby or to improve your baking skills and become a professional baker. This is the perfect time to explore Baking as our summer break is approaching and you’ll have some extra time to experience new things! Hamstech is offering you a short and informative Baking course that lasts three months and is full of exciting recipes and interactive sessions.
While you pick a date to enroll yourself into one of these courses, we thought we would help you get prepared for your summer baking. To know some basic things about baking, you can start with the necessary equipment and maybe even try one or two simple recipes at home. Baking is all about the proportions and tiny details, so the equipment does play a very important role. Let’s introduce you to some of the must have baking equipment before you dive into the world of batter!
The quantity of ingredients used is also one of the important steps in Baking. All baking recipes come with specific weightage of ingredients to reduce the chances of a bad bake! Kitchen weighing scales are available in most general stores and can even be bought online. These will help you measure out the ingredients before you add it in the mixture. These weighing scales are super handy and can be easy to carry around.
Measuring Cups and Spoons
Baking is all about proportions and precision, so it’s really important to get your measurements right. There are different sets of measuring cups and spoons available for both dry and wet ingredients. These measuring cups can be bought at a hyper-market or from a store that sells baking items exclusively. While the measuring cups come in different teaspoons and tablespoons variations like ½ tablespoons, 1 teaspoon and so on. The measuring cup sets are available in sizes of ½ cup, 1 cup, ¼ cup and so on. Liquids can be measured in cup sizes that come as 1 – cup, 2-cup and 4-cup!
One can’t think of Baking without thinking about eggs! While we do have a lot of eggless and vegan recipes out there, eggs come with their own charm. When there are eggs, there is whisking. Whisking(1) is beating an egg or cream with a continuous rhythm for a required amount of time. Whisks are also available in different sizes and it’s always good to have a small one and a medium sized one. It’s easy to whisk manually when the quantities are less, but if you are baking for a large number of people, it is better to opt for an electric whisk!
You’ll definitely need baking trays, if you are thinking of baking! These are also available in a variety of shapes and sizes. The most commonly used baking trays are shaped round, rectangular and square. As you are just starting out, you could start by buying a rectangular tray. These will come in handy while baking brownies, cakes, sheet cakes, breads and a lot of other things!
Spatula is very useful in scraping off all the leftover batter from your pan or post baking the little bits of cake remaining on the baking tray. Spatula is also used for folding, which is a type of mixing in Baking, where you fold the batter in to not let any air or air bubbles stay around. They are super useful on a daily basis also while baking, when it gets all messy with the batter. You can scoop out your pots clean with the help of a rubber or silicone spatula!
A Hand Mixer might seem like an expensive investment in the beginning, but you will thank us later for having this one ready. Combining your dry and wet mix can be a pain sometimes, especially if the quantities are more. Hand mixer makes it easier and quicker, you just have to put in all your ingredients in here, turn it on and wait for it to get your dough ready. As baking already has so many steps, you can get your other components ready while the dough is being kneaded.
Baking classes can be your pick for this summer! Hamstech offers a Baking course that will equip you with all the information, guidance and training that you need to start baking on your own. Why wait when you get baking already? Visit Hamstech’s website and enroll now!