Baking and Cooking Tips
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1To keep breads or loaf cakes fresher longer, cut slices from the middle rather than from the end. When you're finished slicing, firmly push the two leftover sections together to reform a loaf. This way, you eliminate leaving an exposed, quick-to-dry-out "end" slice.
2Use paper coffee filters to line 8-inch cake pans. Just flatten one into a large circle and lay it on the bottom of the pan.
3When testing a large cake to see if it is done, use a strand of uncooked spaghetti. It reaches where a wooden pick won't
4To split a cake into layers, loop a length of waxed dental floss around the outside of the cake at the point you want the cut, then cross the ends and pull gently but firmly. The floss will cut right through the cake.
5To give a fruit flavor to your brownies, use flavored soda pop instead of water in the mix.
6Put dough for refrigerator cookies into clean, empty frozen juice cans, then chill. When you are ready to bake, cut the bottom off the can and use it as a pusher to move the dough out as you slice the cookies. This makes perfect round slices every time.
7Place aluminum foil under the napkin in your roll basket and the rolls will stay hot longer.
8If your pan is bigger than a coffee filter open a brown paper grocery bag, trace your pans, cut out, spray pan with cooking spray then the paper liner too. this gives the baking cake a buffer of sorts and makes the cakes less brown on the bottom.
9Pringle potato chips cans after quick rinse of the cans and lids.. make great containers to mail cookies for Christmas. Cut small bubble wrap squares to put between each cookie. they always arrive safe and sound.
10If you're afraid your baking powder is "dead," test by putting 1 teaspoon into a cup of hot water. If it fizzes actively, use it. If not, buy a new box.
11Put a layer of miniature marshmallows in the bottom of a pumpkin pie or sweet potato pie, then add the filling. The marshmallows will rise to the top, and you will have a nice topping.
12Use wax paper to measure pie dough. The standard pie pan is 9 inches in diameter so you'll need a 12-inch circle of dough. Since wax paper comes in a 12-inch width, simply tear off a piece 12 inches long, then roll your circle of dough so it touches the center of all four sides of the square
13When making ginger bread use coffee instead of water in the batter.
14When using a white frosting, different flavors of gelatin powder may be sprinkled on top inside a cookie cutter to make designs.
15To prevent muffins from burning around the edges, fill one section with water instead of batter.
16For quick and easy garlic breadsticks, split a hot dog bun down the middle and cut each half lengthwise. Butter each strip; sprinkle with garlic salt or garlic powder. Place on a cookie sheet and bake or broil until toasted
17When making cornbread, substitute a can of cream style corn if you're out of milk. Not only does it work in a pinch, it also tastes delicious.