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How to Prepare for Fall Baking!

We are well into fall . . . Baking Time!

Fall always puts me in the mood to bake the breads, pies, cookies, and other goodies that are associated with this season of the year. So, I decided to share some of my Baking Tips for How To Prepare for Fall Baking with you.

During the fall months, I generally think about the fruits and spices of the season, such as apples, pumpkins, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. (I’m sure there are more, but those are the ones I tend to use most.)  And, the last couple of weeks, I have been in a Fall Baking Mode! Some of the goodies I’ve made recently are my Pumpkin Applesauce Glazed Cookies, Pumpkin Applesauce Whoopie Pies (new this year), Mama’s Pumpkin Bread with Cinnamon Glaze, and another new cookie for me, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies. I haven’t posted the last recipe, but it’s coming!

Tips for How to Prepare for Fall Baking . . .

Here are some of the tips I use in baking to help my efforts be successful:

  • Make a list of all of your favorite “oldies” recipes for fall, and then look for new ones to try. Some resources for this are your favorite cookbooks, food magazines and Pinterest.
  • Check all of your spices to be sure they are still within the date that they will be good to use. Throw away any spices that are a year old or older and buy new. The newer the spices, the more pungent the flavors will be.
  • Check your baking soda, baking powder, flour and yeast dates as well. If they are expired or nearing expiration, throw them away and buy new. It’s important for all baking ingredients to be as fresh as possible.
  • Use quality ingredients: Real Butter (not margarine), Pure Vanilla (not imitation), Real Whipping Cream (not a whipped topping, unless the recipe calls for it)
  • Check all your baking pans, measuring cups, spoons, and parchment paper to be sure you have everything you will need in order to bake the recipes you choose.
  • Get an oven thermometer, if you don’t have one. My oven is 25 degrees off. That makes a big difference when calculating baking times.
  • Stock up on the fall baking ingredients you will use the most: cans of pumpkin puree, flour, applesauce, apples, pecans, and whatever other ingredients you see you will be needing over the next couple of months. Buy them on sale and stock your baking pantry!

Tips for Successful Baking!

Once you have decided on what recipes you want to make, there are a few tips to help insure that your goodies will turn out well:

  • Preheat your oven and prepare your pans for baking. If you need parchment paper, get that out. If you need to grease and flour the pans, do so before you start.
  • Gather all your ingredients together, measured, before you begin to make the recipe. It helps to not leave something out. That’s especially important for us older folks! LOL!
  • Read the recipes step by step carefully. Know how to start (creaming butter, etc in the mixing bowl), what is added next (dry ingredients), and what’s going to be added last. If you need to “line them up” in order, or put them in groups of how they will be added, do whatever works for you. I prefer the putting them in groups method.
  • Always follow the recipe carefully. Don’t try to create short cuts in baking. It may cause your goodies to be a flop!
  • MEASURE INGREDIENTS CAREFULLY!!! Too much or too little flour or leavening agents can ruin your goodies! Spoon flour into the measuring cup with a spoon, then level with a knife for accuracy. As one of the girls at my daughter’s shop says, “Baking is Science!” And it’s true!
  • Remember to scrape the mixing bowl several times during the process of using it. Ingredients will stick to the bottom of the mixing bowl, then be “clumpy” when you try to get the batter out.
  • Always cook the baked goods completely. Then wrap in plastic wrap or a covered container (as with cookies). Store as indicated on the recipe.

Happy Fall Baking!

I hope, as you plan your Fall Baking, some of these tips will be helpful for you!

Do you have other tips, or great recipes?  I would LOVE to hear from you with them! Email me anytime with questions, suggestions, and recipes!

Have a great week!!!

Maribeth Alexander

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