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Avoiding Baking Disasters

Posted Feb 16 2011 5:37pm
I’ve had my share of baking disasters. I can’t count how many times I’ve found a recipe in a book or online and then attempted to “tweak” it to make it healthier or tastier or more “me”. But nine times out of ten in these situations, I end up making a mess.

pineapple upside down cake

I’ve learned the hard way that baking is science. There are reasons that specific amounts of liquid and flour and sugar are called for – they create a perfect balance and a tasty dessert.

After my share of baking disasters I’ve come up with a few tips to help avoid a baking disaster.

1. If it’s your first time making it – Stick with the recipe.

2. If you decide to change it up to make it healthier – keep the same ratios of liquid and solids, with similar consistencies.

3. Don’t tweak it if you’re cooking for someone who requested the dish.

4. Read the ingredients and directions carefully before you begin – there is nothing worse that having to run to the store mid-baking project!

I made this Pineapple Upside Down cake for my mom’s birthday and it was a success! I found the recipe online and have to admit it was filled with sugar and butter – but isn’t that how cakes are supposed to be? ;)

It took all my effort not to change it up, but I resisted. I knew baking my mom a good cake was the most important thing. pineapple upside down cake

Everyone loved it and now that I know the recipe is a success I may change up a thing or two next time, but not the first time :)


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