Quick Tips To Be A Better Baker

1. Read the Whole Recipe First

2. Pull Out Refrigerated Ingredients to Get to Room Temperature
3. Pull Out the Rest of the Ingredients You Need
4. Preheat the Oven 
5. Get Dry Measuring Cups, Liquid Measuring Cups, and the Necessary Teaspoons and Tablespoons
6. Take Your Dry Ingredients and Sift Them
7. Break Your Eggs and Slightly Beat Them in a Separate Bowl
8. Follow the Recipe Exactly
9. Grease or Line Your Pans
10. Use a Timer, Your Eyes and Nose to Tell When it's Done
A little more info about each tip...
1. Read the Whole Recipe First
You really do need to read the whole recipe. Beginning to end, look for terminology you don't know and search the internet to gain new baking skills while learning different methods and vocabulary found in recipes.
2. Pull Out Refrigerated Ingredients to Get to Room Temperature
If the recipe calls for cold or melted ingredients then follow the recipe but if the recipe doesn't specify then its a safe bet you need them at room temperature. Eggs and butter and most refridgerated ingredients need to get to room temperature to combine with your dry ingredients.
3. Pull Out the Rest of the Ingredients You Need
Most recipes will have the ingredients in the order you need them. Get them out a put them in the order you're going to use them in. Why? 
We've all been there, sometimes we miss an ingredient or swap the measurements on accident, having ingredients already in order, lets you focus on the recipe instead playing hide and seek with the ingredient you just had
4. Preheat the Oven
Preheating your oven will make sure you get the full ability of your leavening ingredients like yeast, baking soda, and baking powder which all activate with heat. You also want your baked goods to start cooking when they go in the oven. They cook faster with a preheated oven and if you put dough or batter in a cold oven you are just warming them up while its heating the oven to temperature, instead of cooking them, adding time to your baking.
5. Get Dry Measuring Cups, Liquid Measuring Cups, and the Necessary Teaspoons and Tablespoons
Pulling out the proper measuring tools will let you focus on the recipe instead of digging around for measuring cups and spoons.It's important to note that there is a difference between dry measuring and liquid measuring cups. Here's a quick reference guide to tell the difference between the two. http://kirbiecravings.com/2015/03/baking-101-liquid-vs-dry-measuring-cups.html
6. Take Your Dry Ingredients and Sift Them
This makes it easier to combine dry ingredients together and ensures the flour is mixed in correctly
7. Break Your Eggs and Slightly Beat Them in a Separate Bowl
This is to keep egg shell out of your batter or dough and beating the egg before adding it in, will ensure the egg is mixed in properly 
8. Follow the Recipe Exactly
If you've followed the steps above, you're set for a successful baked creation. You have everything you need and now you can focus on just the recipe.  Really read all the steps and techniques and if you haven't done so yet, look up the techniques that you aren't sure about. As you follow the recipe, put away the ingredients you've already used. This makes clean up easier and give you more room when setting up your baking pans.
9. Grease or Line Your Pans
There is nothing worse than ruining a cake because it was stuck in a pan. Greasing or lining your pans not only makes it easier to get your baked goods out of the pan, it also makes cleaning up a breeze.
10. Use a Timer, Your Eyes and Nose to Tell When it's Done
Set your timer and don't open the oven door until its gone off or until you see or smell differently. You can usually see when your baked goods are done by turning on the oven light and if it smells like what you're baking, then its probably ready. Do be worried if its a little sooner or later than the timer, ovens temperature vary so if it looks and smells done, then it probably is.  And if it smells like its burning, it probably is😊

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