Baking for the first time; Wish me luck!

posted 3 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
5432 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016

I bake all the time, but I made caramels for the first time ever the other day. I totally went for it and I was so nervous, because cooking with sugar can be soooo hard. Everything has to get to the exact temperature or you just wasted a ton of ingredients because your candy won’t set or will be way too hard. Thankfully they worked out! I was so impressed with myself. I made candy apples too and didn’t burn the sugar! I’ve burned sugar a handful of times and it’s pretty awful. It STINKS, it’s hard to clean, and it happens so quickly. Once it starts to burn there isn’t much you can do to save it 🙁 Those experiences have made me so nervous about cooking sugar, but this year I just jumped right in and was determined to make it work.

Post # 4
1646 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Find a recipe online and follow it- I bet you’ll surprise yourself!! I love baking but I only bake when I have other people to pawn it off on… otherwise I’d eat it ALL!

Post # 5
8387 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@MASPA:  Well you picked a good first recipe, pies aren’t really too difficult to make and they’re very forgiving when it comes to oven temps (since this is the first time baking in a new place).  Just be sure not to over mix the pastry and use super cold butter/shortening.  I’m sure you’ll be fine; baking is a bit like riding a bike, you never really forget it.

Post # 6
8483 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@sugarpea:  I bake a lot too and I think most of it’s really easy…but sugar is definitely the trickiest thing.  I’ve undercooked and overcooked sugar plenty of times…always makes me so mad just to throw everything out!  It took quite a bit of practice to get better but it still makes me nervous if I haven’t done it in awhile.

Post # 8
2102 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Ahhh I love baking but I can’t do it cuz I just end up eating all the goodies and the lbs pile on quick! haha

Enjoy though!

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