Baking Basics

August 7, 2008 12:37pm CST
Why is it that every baking cookbook out on the market must have the most complicated recipes that NEVER turn out the way it supposed to? I want to know how to make stuff like cake, icing, bread/buns, cookies and pie crust... lets forget about all the fancy details for now. I want no-fail recipes that work everytime. The cookies and cake (after many trials and errors) I think I have down pat but my pie crust is sad :( It tastes alright, kindof like shortbread... but that is not what I want. I want to make the flaky pie crust in the crisco commercials of old. The recipe is on the box but as I said before, it turns out to shortbread. If anybody has some fool proof recipes, I would like to try them out. The easier the better!
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@deebomb (15323)
• United States
7 Aug 08
My granddaughter made this pie crust the other day. It turned out nice and flaky. The secret to most pie crust is not to over work it. It is the same with baking powder biscuits. Measure all you dry ingredients first then add your wet ingredients. mix them both just enough to get the dry ingredients moist. NEVER FAIL PIE CRUST 1 c. shortening 2 c. flour 1 tsp. salt 1 tbsp. vinegar 1/3 c. milk Cut shortening into flour and salt until the shorting is all mixed through the dry ingredients and the flour is course and grainy. Add vinegar to milk. Combine at once with flour mixture and mix. turn out onto a lightly floured surface divide in to and form a nice ball and roll it out. Makes pastry for 2 crust pie. This recipe never fails.
8 Aug 08
This one sounds pretty straight forward. I might have been over working the mix in my previous attempts. The other thing happening was after I rolled out the crust, it would tear and fall apart when I would attempt to pick it up and transfer it to the pan.
@Elkeliini (265)
• Finland
7 Aug 08
You could try and find a baking book for beginners. or one that says easy on the cover or something. DUnno. around here there is plenty of those available. I only have a great recipe, foolproof because I can not bake to save my life, for Muffins. 100gr butter 1,5 dl sugar 2,5 dl flower 200gr quark 2 teespoons of baking powder 1 egg. I melt the butter to make the mixing easier. just add it all together and mix it well. the consistency should be sticky, elastic just-not-liquid. add toping to liking. I love it with blueberries. be generous with those!
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8 Aug 08
I got a pretty good blueberry oat muffin recipe as well. I will post it as soon as I dig it up. It doesn't make the best muffins in the world but I like it because it uses egg whites.
@Essie119 (673)
• Canada
7 Aug 08
I make great piecrust and the secret is to have cold hands. I use the recipe on the Fluffo shortning box, but they will all work. If it's a hot day then chill your dough after making it. Wash your hands in cold water before handling it, and then just make your pie. Try not to touch it any more than you have to because that will make it tough. Also, use ice-cold water in the recipe and when you cook it use a really hot oven - 400 degrees for the first 15 minutes.
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8 Aug 08
I have some left over dough in the freezer. Maybe now that it is cold, I will have better luck with it.