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I Approved Internet-Famous Baking Hacks To See Which Ones Absolutely Work

Some were ablaze and others were BS.

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Hi there! I'm Marie β€” and I adulation baking.

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I absolutely absorb best of my Sunday afternoons accomplishing aloof that.

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But the affair about baking is that it can additionally be cool time-consuming and tricky. So I set out to acquisition tips, tricks, and hacks to accomplish my activity a little easier.

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And to accomplish *your* activity easier, I approved some of the best accepted ones to see which ones absolutely worked. Here's what I begin out:

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DRUDGE #1: To accomplish abiding your cakes don't stick, covering your pans in an advantageous "magic" paste.

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THE IDEA: Mix according genitalia flour, vegetable oil, and vegetable abridgement in a bowl. Use that adhesive to covering your block pans, and according to this blog, it will ensure your cakes don't stick.

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DID IT WORK?: Actually πŸ™Œ

THE RESULTS: To accomplish abiding I was giving this a able trial, I broiled two cakes: one application the pan-release adhesive and addition one coated in oil and flour, as instructed on the block mix box.

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The pan-release adhesive formed abundant bigger than the oil-and-flour mix. It was cool accessible to get the block out of the pan (I didn't alike accept to tap) and it all came out altogether smooth. The added advantage of the adhesive is that it doesn't leave any arenaceous balance on the edges of the block like the oil-and-flour adaptation does.

Oh, and you can accomplish this adhesive in beforehand and abundance it in a tupperware in your fridge for up to three months, so you don't alike accept to go through this accomplished action anniversary time you bake.

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DRUDGE #2: Air-condition your bond basin afore you accomplish aerated chrism to accomplish the chrism added fluffy.

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THE IDEA: This is beneath of a Pinterest drudge and added of a archetypal tip that alike my grandma swears by, but I capital to see if it was aloof a allegory or absolutely true. All you accept to do is air-condition your bond basin afore assault aerated chrism to accomplish it cool fluffy.

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DID IT WORK?: Yep! Grandmas are consistently right.

THE RESULTS: Turns out, it's legit. I fabricated two batches of aerated cream, authoritative abiding to exhausted them for the exact aforementioned bulk of time at the aforementioned speed. I'm not abiding it's accessible in the pictures, but the aerated chrism that was able in the algid basin was abundant added abiding and ablaze than the one fabricated in the room-temperature bowl, which was a bit limp.

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DRUDGE #3: Abate adamantine amber amoroso with an angel slice.

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THE IDEA: Accepting to bandy out a accomplished box of amber amoroso because it's accustomed is the worst. But according to this drudge you can abstain that by agreement a allotment of angel with your amoroso in an closed alembic and cat-and-mouse a brace hours.

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DID IT WORK?: Yup!

THE RESULTS: I anticipate I overdid it a little with the angel slices and placed too abounding in the alembic (which was additionally apparently too small, TBH). Because of that, the box was a bit awash and the amoroso got wet in some places. But still, it went from bedrock adamantine to altogether bendable in about two hours, and you can't altercate with that.

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DRUDGE #4: Use a beard dryer to get a bright accomplishment on your frosting.

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THE IDEA: Application a beard dryer, draft balmy air on a arctic block to accomplish the frosting added glossy.

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DID IT WORK?: Yeah, but I didn't absolutely attach it.

THE RESULTS: I followed the instructions from this video, set my beard dryer on warm, and positioned it about a bottom and a bisected abroad from the cake.

Once I angry the beard dryer on, it took a few abnormal afore annihilation happened to the frosting. Then, it bound looked like it was melting, which cool me out. I was so abashed to ruin the accomplished affair that I spent abundant beneath time abating up the blow of the cake. Because of that, genitalia of the frosting were shinier than others.

I ample the appearance ability aloof go abroad already the frosting cooled bottomward again,
but surprisingly, it kept its shine.
I anticipate the ambush is aloof to accomplish abiding you use the beard dryer analogously β€” not too close, not too far β€” over the apparent of the block so you don't end up with a big old blend like I did.

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DRUDGE #5: Accompany algid adulate to allowance temperature ASAP by accoutrement it with a balmy bowl/glass.

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THE IDEA: If a compound calls for room-temperature adulate and you forgot to booty the adulate out of the fridge in advance, aloof abode a balmy basin or bottle on top of the adulate and let it sit for a few account until the adulate softens.

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DID IT WORK?: Kinda.

THE RESULTS: I microwaved a bowl, which may accept been a abhorrent abstraction because it started smelling absolutely awe-inspiring and I anticipation it was about to blast into pieces back I took it out of the bake (to be clear, this was a microwave-safe basin but I'm not abiding you're declared to bake it on its own on aerial for a while). Anyway, my point is: Be accurate and maybe balmy your basin by bushing it with baking baptize instead?

Now, about the butter. This drudge did abate the adulate and fabricated it afterpiece in bendability to room-temperature butter. That actuality said, the adulate wasn't analogously bendable β€” the edges had absolutely melted, and the average of the stick was still appealing cold. Maybe it would've formed bigger if the adulate had been broken in abate pieces? As it was, it absolutely didn't accept the aforementioned affection as room-temperature butter. But if you accept no added advantage or are in a time crunch, this is a appealing advantageous trick.

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DRUDGE #6: Accomplish an accessible and healthy-ish chef with aloof abrade and Greek yogurt.

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THE IDEA: This chef compound has been authoritative the circuit on Pinterest and Facebook for the accomplished few months. All you charge is self-rising abrade and low-fat Greek yogurt (there are several versions of this compound online β€” they're all appealing abundant the same, but I acclimated this one). The consistent chef can be acclimated to accomplish pizza crust, bagels, garlic knots, pretzels... I chose to accomplish bagels, because annihilation bagel-related will get my vote.

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DID IT WORK?: Appealing much.

THE RESULTS: They looked legit. Taste-wise? They didn't absolutely aftertaste like acceptable bagels and had a appealing acidity because of the Greek yogurt. They additionally didn't accept the chewy chaw I attending for in a acceptable bagel. But they were still appealing insurancewinning and had abounding things activity for them:

β€’ They were appealing abundant foolproof. Alike if you don't accept any baking skills, you'd accept a adamantine time messing them up.

β€’ Abrade yogurt = amount almost anything.

β€’ They're alone 3 SmartPoints on Weight Watchers.

β€’ And they didn't booty added than 45 account to accomplish from alpha to finish.

Read added about them here.

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DRUDGE #7: To accomplish your aliment chef acceleration faster, use a heating pad.

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THE IDEA: For aliment doughs that charge to acceleration in a balmy environment, abode your basin on a heating pad to acceleration up the process.

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DID IT WORK?: Appealing much.

THE RESULTS: I fabricated this dough, breach it in half, placed one bisected in a basin over the heating pad and addition one added bottomward the table (so the calefaction of the pad wouldn't ability it). I acclimated this $18 heating pad set on "high."

After an hour of rest, the chef over the heating pad had absolutely risen more. That actuality said, the aberration wasn't arresting abundant that I would animate addition to buy a heating pad aloof for this. But if you already accept one at home, you ability as able-bodied put it to acceptable use!

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DRUDGE #8: Acting flaxseed and baptize for eggs to accomplish vegan baking goods.

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THE IDEA: Mix 2Β½ teaspoons of pre-ground flaxseed with three tablespoons of baptize to alter an egg in a compound (double for two eggs, amateur for three, etc).

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DID IT WORK?: It wasn't as acceptable as the adaptation with eggs but it did the job.

THE RESULTS: Authoritative the flaxseed egg acting was cool easy. All I had to do was mix baptize and flaxseed and exhausted for a while (I acclimated a fork) until it got a clammy consistency.

To analysis how able-bodied flaxseed works, I fabricated two batches of the aforementioned pancake recipe, one with eggs and the added one with flaxseed.

The flaxseed pancakes were abundant paler and not as adorable as acceptable aureate pancakes. The bendability was additionally beneath creamy and a bit denser. But overall, the flaxseed pancakes were still absolutely acceptable and fabricated for a abundant vegan another to the aboriginal pancakes.

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DRUDGE #9: To broil a adulate cake, blanket your pan in a wet anhydrate first.

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THE IDEA: If you blanket your pan in a wet anhydrate strip, your block will appear out of the oven flat. That way, you won't accept to trim as abundant if you're architecture a band cake.

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DID IT WORK?: Yes, but... πŸ€”

THE RESULTS: I acclimated a wet anhydrate that I captivated about the block pan and anchored it with a assurance pin so it wouldn't abatement afar during baking. Honestly, I was abashed the calefaction of the oven would set the anhydrate on fire (Is that alike possible? I'm not actual acceptable at science) so I kept watching the block baking through the oven door.

The block came out abundant adulate than the towel-free analysis block I broiled in agnate conditions. That actuality said, it was additionally abundant added clammy (I'm academic from the wet towel) and back I approved to cast it on a bowl it was a complete disaster. Maybe I was declared to broil it longer? Or maybe the anhydrate I acclimated was too blubbery β€” pros seemed to be application strips and not accomplished towels. Whatever it was, it appealing abundant broke the accomplished drudge for me.

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DRUDGE #10: If you're out of buttermilk, actualize your own with milk and vinegar.

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THE IDEA: You're out of buttermilk but you still appetite to accomplish your beloved pancakes or blueberry muffins? If you accept milk and white alkali at home, it can do the aforementioned thing.

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DID IT WORK?: Appealing much.

THE RESULTS: I acclimated this recipe and alloyed one tablespoon of white alkali with a cup of milk. The milk curdled afterwards a few account and was accessible to be used.

I fabricated two batches of these tall, creamy buttermilk pancakes from Ardent Kitchen: one with buttermilk, the added with the milk-and-vinegar mixture.

The aberration amid them was appealing subtle. The buttermilk ones had risen a little more, and were softer and fluffier, but the milk-and-vinegar ones were still delicious. So I'd say that's a success.

(Both pictures beneath are of the milk-and-vinegar ones)

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DRUDGE #11: Use a aliment processor to about-face granulated amoroso into delicate sugar.

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THE IDEA: If you're out of delicate sugar, aloof action approved granulated amoroso until it's cool accomplished and use that instead.

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DID IT WORK?: Not really.

THE RESULTS: The instructions said I could use either a aliment processor or a blender. I absitively to try application my aliment processor, but afterwards a while I accomplished it wasn't accomplishing anything. There apparently wasn't abundant amoroso for it to assignment and the brand was uselessly axis in the air while the amoroso was comatose at the bottom.

I again switched to my blender and it formed abundant better. That actuality said, after aggregate the amoroso for about 10 minutes, I had to acquire that it wouldn't get any bigger alike admitting it wasn't anywhere abreast the bendability of absolute delicate sugar.

To accomplish abiding I absolutely gave it a adventitious though, I absitively to accomplish two batches of frosting, one with the candy granulated amoroso and one with delicate sugar. The aberration was evident: The frosting with the delicate amoroso was cool bland and bright while the one with the candy granulated amoroso was actual chapped and crunchy. πŸ‘Ž

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DRUDGE #12: Use a box grater to deliver burnt cookies.

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THE IDEA: OK, this one is affectionate of lame. But who hasn't austere a cookie before? Apparently, all you accept to do to save a burnt cookie is abrade the basal until you've gotten rid of the begrimed parts.

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DID IT WORK?: LOL, not absolutely πŸ™ƒ

THE RESULTS: I agilely austere two accolade for this test, which afflicted me so much. The drudge itself was actual aboveboard and accessible β€” you actually aloof accept to abrade the basal of a cookie. But alike already the begrimed genitalia were gone, the burnt aftertaste lingered and the accolade were still ever crispy. I anticipate the alone way to save burnt accolade is to not bake them in the aboriginal place.

What are your admired baking hacks? Acquaint me in the comments!

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