- Follow the recipe:
This is the single most important tip for baking: always follow the recipe, from preheating notes to the temperature of ingredients like butter and eggs.
- Calibrate your oven:
Your oven might not actually heat to the temperature you set it at, and your recipe won’t turn out right if you’re not baking at the correct temp.
Related: How to Calibrate Your Oven
- Measure your ingredients:
You should measure your baking ingredients, specifically flour, by weight rather than volume measurements. Speaking of flour…
- Always sift flour:
If your flour says it’s pre-sifted, sift it anyway; this separates clumps and results in a smoother finished product.
- Don’t over-mix:
Doughs or batters that contain flour become firm and elastic when over-mixed; the recipe you use should offer guidance on how much and how long to mix the dough.
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