Tips and Tricks

Common Ingredients

  • Confectioners sugar = icing sugar a very fine sugar typically mixed with cornstarch
  • Granulated Sugar = white sugar most commonly used sugar
  • Brown Sugar = granulated sugar mixed with molasses
  • Flours – Check out this post from Sweetapolita she does a WAY better job of explaining than I ever could

How to Make Brown Sugar

  • if you need light brown sugar add 1 tbs of molasses for every 1 c of granulated sugar
  • if you need dark brown sugar add 2 tbs of molasses for every 1 c of granulated sugar

How to Make Vanilla Sugar

  • Take 1 vanilla bean pod, split it, scrape out the seeds,and put it (pod and seeds) into a container with 2-3 cup of of sugar.  Put a lid on the container and close it up for a week or so.  Shake it every couple of days and then you will have vanilla sugar.
How to Make Brown Butter
  • In a medium sauce pan place butter and melt over medium heat while stirring. Heat butter until it foams up and you can’t see the bottom of the pan. (approx 5 minutes).  Keep stirring.  Once the foam subsides the butter will be brown and smell caramelly and slightly nutty.  Take off the heat.
How to Toast Coconut
  • Place coconut in a frying pan.  Turn on to medium high heat and stir until coconut becomes lightly brown and fragrant.  Store in a sealed container.

How to Make a Double Boiler

  • Take a heat proof boil and place in on top of a smaller sauce pan so the bowl sits just slightly in the pot.  Make sure the pot doesn’t sit on the bottom and that there is enough room for about 2 inches of water.  The bottom of the bowl should not touch the water.  Turn heat on to low-medium.  And there you have a double boiler.
Parchment paper
  • Parchment paper is your best friend in baking.  Line your cookie sheets, brownie pans or even your rice krispie treats pan.  Nothing, I mean nothing sticks to parchment.  Keep this in mind if you are going to use parchment cupcake liners because the cupcakes will fall out of the cupcake liners
Lining your Cake Pans
  • Speaking of parchment paper, here is how I line my cake pans.  I have never had a problem getting a cake out.  (knock on wood).  First take out your parchment paper and then trace the bottom of your cake pan on the parchment paper with a pencil.  Cut out your parchment paper.  Grease the bottom and the sides with a little bit of butter.  Put down your parchment paper in the bottom of your cake pan and then grease your parchment paper.
Using One Cookie Sheet for Baking Cookies
  • When baking cookies and only using one cookie sheet make sure your cookie sheet cools down before you put more cookie dough on it.  If you put cookie dough on a hot pan, the bottoms may overcook and the cookies can spread way more.  Just give it a couple minutes (not sitting on top of the oven) to cool down to almost room temp before adding more cookie dough.
Great Resources
If you have any tips or tricks please let me know.  I would love to hear them.  I will be updating this page as I learn more.