Do you love to bake but get frustrated by the rising temperature during summer? These five tips from the pros at Ashley’s will help you beat the heat of summer baking while adjusting recipes for some hot treats to best fit the summer months.
- Put ice in doughs! When mixing, use 25 percent ice to 75 percent water in your formula. This will allow for your dough to be chilled and easier to work with. The ice will keep the dough from melting and help it form the shapes you desire for any recipe.
- WATCH your butter! In the heat, butter softens very quickly so keep butter in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it. If the recipe calls for softened butter, use the heat to melt it slightly but be sure to pay attention to the consistency you need and how fast softening occurs in varying heats.
- Bake early in the morning or late in the day. Since energy transfers from hot air to cool air, baking during times of lower temperatures helps to keep your home cooler while the stove is running. It also allows the fresh baked aroma to flow throughout your halls.
- Store ingredients in a cool, dry, and dark place in order to preserve freshness and avoid not only bugs but also alteration of ingredients. For example, a cellar or air conditioned closet can be ideal for keeping non refrigerated items cool and in prime condition. Ingredients such as chocolate and coconut oil are especially important to keep cool, as they melt at lower temperatures and such deformation can irreversibly change the integrity of the ingredients for specific purposes, notably if you need chocolate chips.
- USE FRESH FRUIT in your baked goods that may call for dried fruit, the freshness will surely enhance the flavor of the treats. Local farmers’ markets are a great place to pick up organic, irresistible produce; the Oakwood Farmers’ Market is open 9 AM to 1 PM on Saturdays during the summer, located on 22 Orchard Drive which is directly behind the Shops of Oakwood. To find out more about the closest market, visit the organization’s website: http://oakwoodfarmersmarket.org
Summer baking can be tricky but with these tips, you will be crafting delicious treats during summer like a professional in no time.
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