Cooking and baking are both physical and mental therapy, but baking can be a bit intimidating for first-timers out there. While cooking leaves room for improvisation, baking is more of a science. Thus, the art of baking requires a helping of science and a whole lot of love.

 

Studies have shown baking can be linked to stress relief and increased mindfulness. Luckily, this baking guide will have you making cakes and baking bread like a pro in no time.

Baking Equipment

Which pieces of baking equipment should you buy for your kitchen? As a beginner, it might be tricky for you to know all the essential tools for baking. If you’re a new baker, start with our list of baking must-haves.

 

The accuracy of measurement is paramount when it comes to getting a successful result. First, get a digital scale that can be set to grams and has a tare function. Depending on where you live, you’ll find brands and styles that you prefer to work with. You can also find sets that include both measuring cups and spoons.

 

When baking cakes, you will find that you get a lot of use out of your whisk. The curving shape of a balloon whisk makes it easy to scrape every surface. Whisks come in all sorts of materials, conditions, and sizes. Some whisks have silicone or molded handles, which might be easier to grip. Of course, you don’t want one that is too flimsy, either. Look for stiff wires, which can cut through thicker ingredients like pancake batter.

 

Every baker or aspiring baker needs cake pans. Typically square, rectangular, or circular, traditional cake pans are the standard choice. But glass bakeware is probably going to be your go-to for most recipes. This pan will stand up to batch after batch, but the thing you will love is it makes room for you to grab the pan. The other kind of material you can choose is aluminum. Aluminum is a great heat conductor and provides an even heat distribution. It’s not too expensive, either; a set of three will cost you about 36 bucks.

 

Cake Ingredients

When it comes to baking, you don’t need a pantry bursting at the seams with specialized ingredients. Baking relies on the chemistry of carefully considered and adequately measured ingredients. Fortunately, there are a handful of staples that are worth having on hand.

 

The first and most important ingredient to have on hand in a bakery is flour. Flour gives the structure for the product. Different types of flours are used for different types of baking. You can use all-purpose flour to create just about anything, from fluffy pancakes to baguettes. The two most commonly used types of flour are plain and self-raising. Every type of flour is milled to have a specific protein content. If a recipe calls simply for “flour,” it’s calling for plain flour. Plain flour works fine for baking airy bread, like baguettes.

 

Many people think that flour has a high shelf-life and can be kept for months. However, that’s a fallacy. It would be best if you stored flour in airtight, moisture-proof containers on a cold, dark shelf. If your shelf is damaged, you can repair it using a tooth style cabinet saw.

 

Preparing Dough

Baking starts with the preparation of the dough. The necessary process of making bread dough is the same across the board. Preparing the dough is a question of touching and feeling.

 

The common ingredients are:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon honey or white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 teaspoons yeast
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

 

After you’ve measured out your flour, it’s time to mix it with yeast. Combine flour, yeast, and sugar in a large bowl. Mix this until smooth and let it rise for 10 minutes. Stir in salt. Do not knead at this point. Keep stirring, adding the remaining flour, if necessary.

 

Once the ingredients have been combined, most yeast dough needs to be kneaded. It may take a few minutes longer by hand to get the dough smooth. After it gets soft, cover the dough and let it rise until the volume is double in size. You should also know that cook times and temperatures will vary with appliances.

 

Using a Baking Oven

There are different types of ovens, such as microwave ovens and steam ovens. Most ovens have two heating sources, one at the bottom and another at the top. Electric ovens are useful in terms of functionality as they provide even distribution of heat in the oven. Gas ovens are also very popular. Unlike electric ovens, the heat on a gas oven is instant.

 

Whatever oven you choose, always preheat the oven at the required temperature for at least 10 to 15 minutes. You can do this by using a ‘true temp’ oven thermometer. Also, make sure you don’t oven the oven frequently with the dish inside.

 

Getting Started

Bread baking, for beginners and pros alike, is indeed prominent right now. Grab some pastry sheets, fill with jam, and voila, cakes!

You can entertain your guests in the kitchen if you have enough space.

But…

The last thing you’d want is to invite your guests over only for them to leave unsatisfied because you failed to make them comfortable at your place. When with your guests in your home, all you want is to be happy and enjoy the moment with lots of comforts.

There are many kitchen designs that ensure your guests are satisfied and entertained whenever they visit.

For instance, statistics show that using subway tiles in the kitchen is a popular trend in modern homes. This is because installing it is easy, atop being long-lasting.

There are many things you can do to your kitchen to keep your guests entertained and more comfortable. Below are eight tips for entertaining guests in your kitchen:

  • Create a bar in your kitchen
  • Offer snacks to your guests while in the kitchen
  • Create the most welcoming and lovable atmosphere in your kitchen
  • Scape your kitchen table
  • Prepare a specific sweet drink to offer guests the first thing when they arrive
  • Provide enough and comfortable sitting spaces
  • Create space for indoor games
  • Install television and an audio system in your kitchen

How to Design Your Kitchen Space to Entertain Guests

Create a bar in your kitchen

You can transform any available space in your kitchens such as the kitchen table or the island into a bar. Some guests like having a good time, and they prefer taking some drinks.

Your kitchen can be a house bar for the period that your guests are around.

Don’t forget to include an ice bucket and nice glasses for drinking. You can add a bowl of grapes on the table to give it a beautiful appearance.

Offer snacks to your guests while in the kitchen

Waiting idly while the main meal is being prepared, can be tricky. There are also times when your guests don’t feel like eating heavy meals. Offer your guests healthy snacks such as:

  • Popcorns
  • Potato chips
  • Crisps, or any other snack that you can afford.

Keep their mouths busy, and this way, you will, for sure, make them feel happy and satisfied with the time they spend at your place.

Create the most welcoming and lovable atmosphere in your kitchen

The type of environment that you are in determines your mood. Create a fantastic mood in your kitchen using sweet-smelling candles and lights with magnificent and attractive colors in your kitchen.

You can also use fresh sprays that smell good in your kitchen to make the surrounding smell fresh. Some scents are refreshing and energizing with therapeutic properties.

Create space for indoor games

One of the best indoor games that you can make available in your kitchen to fully entertain your guests and keep them happier is table tennis. However, you will need a spacious kitchen space to install such amazing games.

To entertain your guests, you must have a large kitchen that has sufficient space to accommodate your choice of entertainment form. Table tennis involves one or two people on each side of the table, and they hit the ball to each other with a racket.

The players hit the ball and pass it over a net in the middle of the table to the opponent’s side. Table tennis is fun, and playing it will help bring you all together happily.

Playing such games also helps to keep your guests busy while food is being prepared. What’s more, it can make your guests ready for a serious athletic competition if they’re keen on the sport.

Scape your kitchen table

Looking at a fantastically placed table-scape is fun. Scaping your table also creates a magnificent space where you can converse with your guests and share your happy moment.

Some of the ideas to scape your kitchen table is to place fruits on a magnificent tray and then place it in the middle of the table. You can also use flowers in vases to beautify your table area.

Prepare a specific sweet drink to offer guests the first thing when they arrive

Your kitchen is your food workspace. Use the various ingredients and appliances in your kitchen to make some special drinks that your guests will love and identify your home with.

The choice of the drink to prepare is yours. It can either be some fresh, refreshing juice or a special cup of coffee. Serve this to your guests when they enter the kitchen.

Provide enough and comfortable sitting spaces

Squeezed sitting spaces in your kitchen can make your guests uncomfortable. Make sure that you create enough space that can fit all your guests.

One of the ways you can create good sitting places in your kitchen is to set up the island as a seating area. Islands are perfect places where your guests can gather and sit in the kitchen.

Install television and an audio system in your kitchen

One of the best forms of entertainment is a television and an audio system. Setting up a television strategically in your kitchen can enable your guests to watch shows, movies, and news while relaxing or having meals in your kitchen.

Audio systems are also good because you’ll be able to play any music your guests will find entertaining. Install quality sound systems and, if possible, install a smart screen in your kitchen for efficiency, atop being able to access various materials from it.

Conclusion

There are many ways to keep your guests happy and entertained in your house, more so in your kitchen. Depending on your relationship’s nature, and the design of your house, most of your guests will spend some time in your kitchen.

Some kitchens have dining places in them, so the guests have to access it during meals. It is your responsibility to keep your guests happy when they visit. There are many ways to do this, some of which are mentioned above.