Vinegars

It is the sour that makes you appreciate the sweet, isn’t it? All citrus fruits are naturally occurring sour agents. There are many other sour agents like tamarind, berries etc. But here I am going to talk about the most popular sour agent used in food industry both for the flavour, pickling and as a preservative. Yes you guessed it right! I am talking about the vinegar.
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Shape of You – Cake tins and more…

In one of my earlier blogs, I had mentioned about all the tins and moulds used in bread baking. This write up will cover the rest of the moulds that could be possibly used for baking cakes, pies, tarts, cheesecakes, entremets and so many more. There are multitudes of moulds available to choose from and various factors affect the decision of choosing which one. Please refer to my earlier blog at Shape of You… -Bread moulds and tins for more on those factors.

This blog is about the variety of moulds available to bake the sweet and savoury bakery products like cakes, muffins, cookies, loaves, pies etc.  The list follows : Continue reading “Shape of You – Cake tins and more…”

Shape of You… – Bread moulds and tins

In almost all the baking workshops that I conduct, one of the most frequently asked questions – What is the right type of baking tin/pan one should use? Well, there are different factors that one needs to consider when choosing a baking pan. Through this blog, I will explain these factors as well as the different types of baking pans and containers available to us. While there are numerous pans used for baking, this article will cover the ones that a primarily used for baking variety of breads. Continue reading “Shape of You… – Bread moulds and tins”

Ande Ka Funda!

Eggs have been one of the essential ingredients not only in baking and cooking but also in other walks of life ! Right as toddlers we have been listening to this nursery rhyme ‘Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall…’ where Humpty Dumpty is a personified egg. Eggs inspire philosophy as can be seen by the use of phrases like ‘Sunny side up’  and ‘all eggs in the same basket’ etc. They are a big part of nutrition ! They have managed to classify humans into eggitarian over and above vegetarian and non vegetarians! And if that wasn’t enough, the egg has touched geometry as well where it has a whole shape named after itself – yes the egg-shape!!!Last but not the least, egg has been party to this age old debate still raging that whether the eggs have come first or the hen! All in all it would be difficult to imagine life without eggs, especially in the culinary world!

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Rising Stars of Baking World

Science behind baking is as interesting as the art of baking itself. What causes breads and cakes to rise has been a topic of research for many. In the baking jargon, rising is often called leavening and the agents that help this are called leavening agents or leaveners. It is important to have a good understanding of these rising agents as it affects the rise and  eventually the texture of the cake. Through this write up, I have tried to give some insight into the natural and chemical leavening agents used in baking. The objective is to understand :

  • the role of the leveaning agents in baking
  • the leaveners that are available
  • how to choose the correct rising agent depending upon what is to be baked
  • the amount to be used and 
  • what other ingredients do they need to be paired with

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