The kitchen is a colorful place where magic happens! Not only your favorite lunch dishes and dinner meals can be homespun in it but also your dearest sweets and desserts freshly baked from the oven. It’s such a delight when you have a family member who’s into baking, but if you yourself are interested in it, you do not have to hesitate!
Baking is one of the most worthwhile activities that you can do at home, alone or with the whole family. It is healing and inspiring. It helps you become productive and makes you feel relaxed and enlightened as well. A lot of people who aspire to become good bakers are reluctant for they lack confidence to pursue learning how to bake. If you’re the same, this list is exactly for you!
Below are 7 things you should not be afraid to do as a beginner baker. Gain some energy and courage from this friendly list!
1 – STUDYING THROUGH BAKING TUTORIALS ONLINE
Living in the digital age, you surely know that loads of information can be earned from the Internet and heaps of skills can be learned using technological devices. Thanks to the people generously sharing their knowledge and capabilities in baking via online platforms, a beginner baker like you can personally and virtually learn this pursuit without much hassle.
Do not be afraid to study through baking tutorials uploaded on YouTube or other video sharing sites. Some people are hesitant to learn how to bake through watching video tutorials posted by content creators they do not personally know (maybe because of trust issues?) Some feel like it’s a strict requirement to register to expensive expert baking classes, so they think that it’s the only way to learn. That makes them feel hopeless when they cannot afford those dear-priced baking lessons.
Online baking guides are blessings to beginner bakers because they are actually free of cost yet already very informative. Truly, there are great advantages from enrolling in a professional baking course, but if you have budget constraints, you still can proceed with it with the help of baking tutorials and instructions online.
2 – ATTEMPTING A CHALLENGING RECIPE
It’s a basic system that you always start from the bottom, from the easiest, when you are a beginner in baking, or cooking in general. Nonetheless, that does not mean you should just stay there all the time. That does not mean you can only do the easy ones forever.
Do not be afraid to attempt a challenging recipe. Even if you have not tried a lot of recipes yet, if you are curious, willing and ready to explore more baking possibilities and more of your abilities, then no one’s stopping you from giving it a go!
3 – TRYING DIFFERENT KINDS OF BAKING INGREDIENTS
When you are a newbie in baking, the terms, equipment and ingredients used in it are still mostly alien to you. Because of that, oftentimes, you stick to the same baking ingredients even when you have been learning how to bake for a few months already.
All-purpose flour is not the only flour there is. Bread flour, cake flour, pizza flour and more exist, too, and they make every particular goodie best with these flours’ particular purposes. Rainbow jimmies are not the only sprinkles for your sweet confections. Nonpareils, quins, sugar pearls, dragees and more are there too.
Do not be afraid to try different baking ingredients, so you will know the differences and similarities of them, which you will eventually need to practice when you are upgrading your baking skills.
4 – FOLLOWING MEASUREMENTS AND EXPERIMENTING TOO
Absolutely one of the major troubles that all beginner bakers experience is getting wrong measurements. Well, it’s really not a piece of cake! It’s sometimes confusing too.
Do not be afraid to exactly follow measurements you see behind bread flour boxes or you hear from virtual baking guides. Of course, as an apprentice, you obey and rely on specific instructions for baking. That is indeed a must, so you will not get lost.
On the other hand, do not be scared to try experimenting too. What does that mean? When the exact measurements do not seem best for the current under-construction product on your flour-covered hand, you can adjust things on your own. Add a little more water, more bread flour, more sugar or whatever you think it needs to get the exact texture, taste or look!
5 – FREELY DECORATING YOUR BAKED GOODIES
Embellishing your baked cookies, cakes, cupcakes, breads, donuts and muffins with alluring designs is surely exciting and lovely!
Do not be afraid to do it freely. Especially because your first few baking attempts are memorable and very special to you, you should adorn and decorate them as you please.
6 – GIVING AWAY FREE TASTES AND ASKING FEEDBACK!
Some starter bakers are shy to let others taste their finished products. Since they are still building up their confidence and learning a lot about baking, they are bashful that other people will not like what they make.
Do not be afraid to give away free tastes to your family, friends and loved ones! Share love through scrumptious baked treats crafted by yourself. And of course, be ready to ask, receive and welcome feedback from those who taste them.
Through their positive response, they will help you heighten your determination as a beginner baker. At the same time, you will find out your points for improvement, which will help you grow into a more adept baker!
THE BEGINNER BAKER
The first step is always the toughest, and it’s impossible to deny that. It’s the same in baking. When you are a rookie, you have a lot (definitely a lot) of knowledge to acquire and skills to develop. Nonetheless, all is worth your time and effort when you put your heart to it. Seeing and tasting those delectable baked goodies as your hard-earned products will be a sweet success!
No doubt, trying out something new, especially if it’s in the kitchen, like baking, is nerve-racking, but the process is also fun and exciting! Do not be scared to step out of the box and out of your comfort zone to fully relish the joys that baking has to offer! Remember that every expert baker begins from being a beginner baker.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nicole Ann Pore is a writer, an events host and a voice over artist. Quality and well-researched writing is her worthwhile avenue to enlighten and delight others about things that matter. She is a daytime writer for Mauri Baking Supplies Australia, a chief supplier of bakery ingredient solutions all over New Zealand and Australia. Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.