New Baker

Discussion in 'Pastries & Baking' started by cluelessbaker92, Mar 7, 2015.

  1. cluelessbaker92

    cluelessbaker92

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    Hi I'm new to baking. What recipes would you recommend for me to start out with and if anyone knows any tips or suggestions can you please let me know? Thanks! 
     
  2. fablesable

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    What sort of baking interests you the most?? Bread?? Pastries?? Cakes??

    Have you done any baking at all or are you a complete newbie??
     
  3. brianshaw

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    Start with toll house cookies using the recipe on the yellow chocolate chip bag.
     
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    Also there is a good Beginners Baking Cookbook called Basic Baking by Lora Brody that is good too. Go onto amazon to buy it.
     
  5. cluelessbaker92

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    I love to bake cookies, cakes, some pastries. I have baked cakes from the boxes from stores and some cookies but haven't really gotten into pastries or anything else. I've only made cookies once from scratch and thats the only thing i've made from scratch. 
     
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    ok that would be a good book to read. My mom has some cook books around the house I can look into those and see if there is something i can make from there as well
     
  7. skyler

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    I think something like Lora Brody's book would be very helpful.  Have fun baking!

    Just thinking...another good, basic cookie recipe is Quaker's "Vanishing Oatmeal Cookies."  You can sub other dried fruit for the raisins...I like dried cranberries or cherries...your choice!
     
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    @Skyler  oooo i do like the sound of that. Im going to try with dried cranberries. Thank you for your suggestion! /img/vbsmilies/smilies/smile.gif
     
  9. skyler

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    cluelessbaker, they're pretty darn tasty!  One thing...if you make them, I like to chill the dough really well before baking the cookies.  It keeps the cookies from flattening out too much...unless you want that.  Occasionally, I'll want them to flatten a little more, such as when making cookies for ice cream sandwiches.  Most of the time I make the dough the day before baking the cookies, and keep it covered in the fridge until baking time the next day.  Form the cold dough into balls and bake on parchment-lined baking sheets.  The baking time might take just a bit longer due to the chilled dough.  I do the same thing with most "drop" cookies...oatmeal, chocolate chip, peanut butter, etc.  

    Also, try to use light-colored, heavy-gauge aluminum baking sheets.  You can get some good buys on them at Costco or Sam's Club.   I use parchment paper for baking most cookies...you might want to have a supply on hand for baking and cooking in general.  I much prefer it to something like Silpat.  Anyway, that's probably more than you needed to know!