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15 of My Favorite Baking Tips

I spent a wonderful hour with some delightful women at today’s Baking Demo where I discussed baking tips and halal ingredient options and substitutions while making a Chocolate-Banana Cake. The questions were great and the discussion lively. For those who attended, I promised to post the tips mentioned during the class and for those who were not able to attend, this is a summary of what was covered.  Happy baking, everyone!

The recipe sampled at the demo, Cranberry & White Chocolate Mini Muffin, is now available. Just click on the recipe title.

Measuring Cups 

15 Baking Tips from the first My Halal Kitchen Baking Demo

  1. Read recipe thoroughly before beginning to bake.
  2. Assemble all of your ingredients before you start the recipe.
  3. Select fresh, high quality ingredients to include in your recipe.
  4. Keep separate bowls for dry and wet ingredients.
  5. Have your oven calibrated or get an oven thermometer to make sure your oven temperature is working as indicated.
  6. Bring all ingredients to room temperature before working with them.
  7. Preheat oven once you start the recipe.
  8. You don’t always have to sift dry ingredients unless the recipe calls for it. Sifting helps make the end result lighter and fluffier.
  9. Use flavorless oils in baking unless you want the flavor of olive oil, for example, to overpower the rest of the ingredients.
  10. Baking is more of an exact science than cooking. If a recipe calls for a specific pan size, be sure to use it. If you don’t, you’ll have to adjust baking temperatures and cooking time on your own, which can be tricky.
  11. If you’re using a stand mixer, use the paddle attachment to mix and the whisk attachment for whisking.
  12. If a recipe calls for ‘folding’, use a spoon to carefully mix in things like blueberries and chocolate morsels.
  13. Use ice cream scoop or 2 Tb. scoop to drop cookies or mini muffins, regular muffins.
  14. Rinse the surface of eggs to clean off any unseen traces of contamination (salmonella is commonly found on the surface of eggs)
  15. Store items like flour and semi-sweet chocolate morsels in the freezer to preserve freshness.

Check out the Banana Blueberry Loaf recipe sampled at the Baking Demo- everyone loved it!

Experiment with…

  • Flavored oils
  • Flavored yogurts
  • Dried fruits
  • Frozen fruits

Substitute…

  • Yogurt for sour cream and vice versa
  • Applesauce for sugar and vice versa
  • Vanilla beans for vanilla extract (non-alcohol) and vice versa

muffin pan

Basic Baking Tools

  • Whisk
  • Wooden spoons
  • Spatula
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cups
  • Bowls (stainless steel or glass)
  • Sifter
  • Baking pans
  • Loaf pans
  • Cookie sheets
  • Parchment paper
  • Comfortable shoes or a comfortable mat like Silpat to provide support while standing. Baking often means your in the kitchen for a while!

Flour Sac by stockfood.com

Pantry Items to Keep on Hand

  • Agave nectar
  • Applesauce
  • Baking powder (aluminum-free)
  • Baking soda (aluminum-free)
  • Chocolate, Dark
  • Cocoa
  • Coffee, ground
  • Creme fraiche
  • No-alcohol extracts (vanilla, almond)
  • Flour (unbleached all-purpose, cake flour, whole wheat flour)
  • Honey
  • Nuts (almond, walnut, cashew, pecan, etc.)
  • Salt (aluminum-free)
  • Oils (olive oil, grape seed)
  • Sour Cream
  • Sugar- raw cane and brown; powdered sugar
  • Vanilla beans, Whole
  • Yogurt

Refrigerated/Frozen Items to keep on Hand for Baking:

  • Berries
  • Butter
  • Chocolate morsels (semi-sweet)
  • Crème Fraiche
  • Eggs
  • Mascarpone cheese
  • Milk
  • Sour Cream
  • Yogurt

For more halal pantry items, click here.

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9 comments

  1. MashaAllah these are great tips! I wish I could have attended but am so glad it went well (and honored to have sampled some of your amazing baking mashaAllah!)

    I’ve always wondered, what’s the best use for wooden spoons? I use them for stir fry type meals and baking, but was never really sure what their intended purpose (if any) was.

    • @Umm Hend, wooden spoons are great for use with any pots and pans because they won’t scratch and ruin the surface, which can be costly and unhealthy. I also prefer them to plastic.

  2. Shukran! I appreciate these tips sister! I bake a lot but never thought to check my ovens temp to be sure that its correct. I’ll use a lot of this.

  3. Salam,

    Love your blog and all the wonderful baking tips. I do bake quite often. I’ve been trying to find a halal substitute for gelatin. Anything you can recommend?

    Thank you.

    • wa’alaikum as salaam Afshi, thank you for the comments. It depends what you are making/baking because different forms of gelatin will be more suitable for certain dishes.

  4. salamunalaykum wissen sie was über backpapier, es soll wohl mit tierische fett behandelt werden. sükür an allah, das ich ihre web gefunden habe.

  5. wissen sie was über backpapier ob mit tierische fette?

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