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Baking Basics at  

Review by Debbie Mazo


Baking Basics at Landolakes.comAs your children head back to school this fall, you may be feeling nostalgic for the inside of a classroom. For the ABCs of baking, stop by Baking Basics at where you'll discover that it's never too late to learn something new.

With more people settling for pre-baked goods from supermarkets and bake shops, baking is becoming a lost talent. Baking Basics at takes the mystery out of baking so that you can create tempting recipes and enjoy yourself in the process. with links to everything from the Top 10 Tips for successful baking to step-by-step online baking demonstrations, you'll soon be baking like the pros.

Before getting started, novices need to study baking fundamentals. Click on Baker's Ingredients, and learn how ingredients used in baking recipes work as well as how to store and substitute for these ingredients. Find out about yeast, a microscopic organism that produces carbon dioxide as it grows and multiplies causing baked products to rise. This leavening action helps make bread light and airy. To keep moisture out of yeast, store packets of active dry yeast and quick-rising yeast in a cool, dry place.

Most educators agree that the best way to learn is by first-hand experience. For real-time instructions, check out the site's online demonstrations including preparing Double Dip Chocolate Slices. For this recipe, you can make the dough one day, bake it the next, and dip later. Or, follow the directions for baking favorites like the Ultimate Fudgy Brownies. Dense and gooey, these brownies offer a great chocolate flavor.

Other highlights at the site include how-to's for whipping up homemade cakes from scratch with the best techniques for creating a smooth, velvety frosting. You can also check out the Top 10 Tips for successful baking which include preparing ingredients that require special handling first, like softening butter or cream cheese and chopping or toasting nuts. with all the baking pointers you'll ever need, Baking Basics at will guarantee your recipes make the grade every time.


About the Writer

Debbie Mazo is a writer and editor based in Vancouver, Canada. She's been writing the NetFood Digest column for FoodWine since 1997. You can contact her at djmbc@[email-address-removed].

Copyright © 2001, Debbie Mazo. All rights reserved.



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