With Christmas just 3 days away I’m sure you’re fretting to get last minute stuff done. With it being Day 3 of my Countdown to Christmas I’m making today’s Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer all about Baking Hacks.
So grab your dental floss, your food processor (or blender), your pen and let’s get to hacking.
Grab your unflavored dental floss and pull out a long piece. Hold both ends tight and using a sawing motion slice back and forth down the cheesecake. You’ll end up with clean even slices.
Hack 2 – Easily remove the skin from hazelnuts
After you heat the nuts in the oven, place the warmed nuts in a kitchen towel. Fold the towel over the nuts and gently roll the nuts around. It may not remove all of the skins but trust me, it’ll save you so much time on what’s left to peel.
Hack 3 – Make your own confectioners sugar
Place standard granulated sugar in a food processor and process until you have a powdered consistency. Seriously, that’s it!
Hack 4 – Use a cookie cutter as a sprinkle stencil
Place the cookie cutter onto the cake, pour your sprinkles inside the stencil. Gently pick up the cookie cutter and you’ll have clean-lined stencil!
Hack 5 – Avoid Batter Splatters
Make a quick batter splatter guide by poking the end of your beaters (the ends that attach to your machine) into a paper plate and then place the beaters in your machine. What you’re left with is a paper plate shield between the batter bowl and your machine.
Hack 6 – Remove air pockets from cakes
After you’ve put your cake batter into their pans, pick the pans up and give them a few whacks against your counter. This will release the bubbles, helping the cake to bake more evenly in the oven.
Hack 7 – Decorating without a piping tube
Grab a sterile syringe, fill with your frosting and pipe away delicate lines.
Hack 8 – Prevent Crumbling Cookies
When you remove your cookie sheet from the oven, allow the cookies to rest for a minute or two on the pan prior to moving them to the cooling rack.
Hack 9 – Marshmallows for Frosting Cupcakes
If you don’t have time to make frosting, place a large marshmallow on top of each cupcake the last 5 minutes of baking.
Hack 10 – Make your own colored sugar
See this post/2012/12/04/day-21-countdown-to-christmas-make-your-own-colored-sugars-2012/ for complete details – it’s SUPER simple and a blast!