Ever try a recipe and it doesn’t turn out like you thought it should? There are a number of reasons why it may not “work.” The first one I think about is oven temperature. It’s best to check the temperature of your oven setting using an oven thermometer. Mine runs a little hot and to save on a repair bill (I don’t know how to adjust it myself), I just set my temperature setting down about 25°F.
The second problem that comes to my mind is inaccurate measuring. Read your recipe carefully and measure properly. Be sure to use a wet measuring cup for liquid ingredients and a different measuring cup for your dry ingredients.
Avoid packing your flour down when measuring it. Sifting is good but I sometimes cheat and just use a spoon to lightly fluff prior to measuring. I bake a lot so I know the texture of batters and can eyeball when something isn’t quite the correct consistency. If you’re not an experienced baker, by all means, you must follow your recipe and measure correctly.
I have included a basic guide for a variety of baked items that lists specific problems and what may have caused the issue. Great baked products are so rewarding…..the aroma in the kitchen is awesome but eating your results is even better!
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