Nothing says HOME, like the warm aroma of baking!
Isn’t that right? If you are a baking enthusiast, you would certainly relate with this quote. You must be in love with the amazing and inviting fragrance of soft, sometimes crunchy, sometimes moist, melting-in-mouth cookies, scrumptious cakes and heartwarmingly delicious muffins.
If you are a baker, you must create something new and magical. Baking is certainly an art and it is a mood-elevator too. It keeps you in sparkling spirits, especially when your baked goodies are praised by one and all. Yet, it not at all easy to make those delectable delicacies rise to perfect shape and texture, and also to preserve them for days to come. Once baked, your family and friends would love to pamper their taste buds for a few days to go at least.
Therefore, we bring to you some tips to preserve your baked goods for a long time, to keep relishing with your family and friends.
Bake, Cool, And Preserve
A cake without icing can last long, especially, when it is kept cling-film wrapped, or under a cake dome. To achieve this, you must cool your cake completely before wrapping it and preserving for days. If the cake is warm before wrapping, the moisture will set in and will give way to mold and fungus to grow. Avoid this. Cool your cake by placing it on a wire rack for at least an hour. Touch it to feel if it is cold. Wrap it, arrange it on a cake dish and store it. Make sure the area where you keep it is free of moisture or humidity.
Top The Topping Last Minute
If you are baking a cake topped with whipped cream, do not whip the cream and garnish your cake until last minute of serving. Whipped cream loses its consistency sooner when left for some time, be it outside or in the fridge. It’s always better to whip the cream taken out of the refrigerator, frost your cake, immediately before serving it. It will go a long way. Another creative thing would be to serve the whipped cream in decorative serving bowls along with the cake, and let your guests do the rest.
Go Smart on Frosting
If you make your own frosting with eggs, custard, whipped cream, chocolate and cream cheese, you may have to consume it the same day, even after refrigerating. Also, you need to put it back in the fridge after every serving. This can be resolved if you use a frosting bought from baker’s market. Packed frosting go fine for at least five days if you keep it properly covered under a cake dome. Also, buying a frosting lessens your effort.
Triple Wrap Works Wonders
If your unfrosted cakes are filled with fruit or something perishable, refrigerate them, but not before wrapping them in a triple wrap. Cheesecakes can be preserved too, with a triple wrap around them. The technique to do this is, after cooling, wrap the cake in cling film, then in foil and then stuff into freezer bag. Before keeping it in fridge, squeeze out the extra air. Every time you take it out to eat, let it attain the room temperature before you wrap it back.
When you bake a pie, you always have a room for a second. The effort is not much in baking the second one. Thus, it is better to prepare the ingredients for two. Eat or serve one and triple wrap the other one to preserve. If that one is also gone and you are craving for something sweet later that evening, go for a home delivery of cake by a trusted bakery and pamper your taste-buds.
Cream Cheese and Custard Cookies Need Chill
Cookies with both or any of these ingredients need a cold environment if you need them for next 3-4 days. Bake the cookies, cool them, wrap them in foil, or put them in a sealed airtight container, before putting them in freezer. Do not try this with the cookies that have low or no butter, they will dry out and stiffen.
Preserve the Magical Dough
All the baking fanatics need the cookie dough almost any time and every time. It is always good to preserve, so it is ready to use. Prepare the dough and tightly wrap in plastic to make it last for next 3-4 days without losing the fluidity and texture. If you need to preserve it for a month, keep it safely in your freezer. Triple-wrap would help here too.
Keep these handy next time you bake and we bet you can enjoy the delicious treats for very long!