Wednesday, May 17, 2017, is World Baking Day! All of us here at Dorsey Culinary Academy are celebrating. For all those aspiring chefs and home cooks out there that love to bake, but are just so busy with work and family that you can’t seem to make the time for it, you’ve come to the right place. Here at Dorsey Schools, our Culinary Arts Academy teaches the ins and outs of baking.
5 Awesome Baking Hacks for Busy Schedules
We completely understand that baking is not always easy to work. While it can be a fun and rewarding pastime or career, it also has its complicated and time-consuming moments. From prepping and mixing to serving, everyone could use a little help in the kitchen every now and then. In order to bring some of the enjoyment back into baking, we have come up with 5 awesome hacks that you should try at home.
- Decorate baked goods with a plastic re-sealable food storage bag – You’ve seen those elegantly daunting pastries in bakery windows. You can recreate them in your own home: All you need are some baked goods, some frosting, and a dream. Don’t have a piping bag? No worries, use a re-sealable food storage bag or a plastic re-sealable freezer bag instead. Just put your icing in the bag, snip off a corner or put a piping tip in, and create your delicious masterpiece.
- Always use parchment paper to line pans – Instead of using a greasy nonstick spray, use parchment sheets to line trays and pans before baking. Not only does this help prevent burnt cookies and cakes getting stuck in pans, it also means easy clean-up. After you make your item, just throw the parchment paper in the trash. You likely won’t even have to wash your pan.
- Speed up the ripening process – If you have ever had a craving for fresh banana bread, then you understand the struggle of only having overripe (yellow) bananas straight from the grocery store. But this hack will turn that struggle into a triumph because it takes the days of waiting out of the equation. Putting bananas in the oven for 40 minutes at 300 degrees F will take them from bright yellow to brown and mushy (and ready for recipes)
- Use a slice of bread to keep things moist – To many, this is a mystery but bread seems to be the solution to dried out foods. Placing a slice of bread on top of a cake until you’re ready to frost it prevents the cake from getting stale or dry. Placing a slice of bread inside of a brown sugar container keeps the sugar soft and pliable instead of lumpy and hard. The best part of it all: the bread doesn’t even get moldy.
- Use an ice cream scoop to get perfect portions – Get perfectly even cupcakes or cookies every time by using an ice cream scoop sprayed with cooking spray. Making all of your portions the same size will ensure that everything is cooked through evenly. And the best part is, the ice cream scoops come in different sizes to meet your various sweet tooth needs.
We hope these baking hacks help bring the spark back to your kitchen (not literally). Use these baking tips and shortcuts to create dozens of delightful treats. Happy Baking.
For those of you interested in a career in the Culinary Arts, whether as a traditional cook or a baker. Dorsey Schools may be the right place for you to gain the necessary training to jumpstart your new career.
The Culinary Arts diploma program at Dorsey Schools offers the necessary career training that may allow students to be successful in the workplace. As part a part of this program, each student will receive their individual culinary equipment, as well as the opportunity to “learn by doing”. Our Culinary Arts program is designed to prepare students to work in professional food serving facilities in both the public and private sectors by teaching them the practical side of professional food preparation as well as allowing them to assimilate the knowledge they’ve learned in the program through a provided externship.
Topics covered in the program include:
- Proper sanitation
- Knife cuts
- “Mise en place”
- Cooking techniques
- Food preparation
- Food purchasing/specifications
- Catering and professionalism
- Healthy cooking and nutrition
- Menu planning and pricing
- Kitchen management
- Inventory control
- …and more!
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