Tips For Baking This Holiday

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The Christmas season is filled with traditions, music, lights, and the sweet smells of baked goods. In fact, there is bound to be hours spent this holiday spent in the kitchen baking cookies, pies, Buche de Noels,  and more. For a simple time baking holiday treats, here are some helpful baking tips to follow.

Store Cookies with a Slice of Bread

While you are bound to make more than a dozen cookies this Christmas season, you want your current cookies to stay fresh in between the time you bake a new batch. A simple way to keep your cookies from going stale is by placing a piece of bread in the container with the cookies. Any moisture lingering in the container will be absorbed by the bread, keeping your cookies fresh.

How To Remove an Eggshell

No matter how hard you try, a piece of an eggshell may fall into your batter. For some reason, it seems like there is no easy way to get the eggshell out. To easily remove an eggshell from the batter, simply wet your finger before trying to get the shell.

Cut Brownies with a Plastic Knife

This tip is absolutely brilliant. We’ve all been there. We make a batch of brownies and need to cut them almost as soon as they come out of the oven. What happens is you end up with a knife covered in gooey brownie bits. You rush off to your party or holiday event, and when you return you have a knife that is encrusted with brownie that seems impossible to get off. Save yourself and your knife the trouble by using a disposable knife to cut the brownies. The brownies will actually stick less to the plastic. Plus, you will not have to worry about cleaning up the knife afterwards.

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Don’t Buy Brown Sugar

This tip is a lifesaver. While brown sugar is used in a lot of recipes, you still will end up with leftover brown sugar. No matter how you try to store it, you end up with hard brown sugar that is difficult to use for the next baking session. Instead of buying brown sugar, simply make brown sugar for the recipe yourself. All you need is one tablespoon of molasses for every cup of sugar.

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