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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by Sylvie » Thu Oct 21, 2010 00:44

If you're looking for square baking tins, I got mine from Tesco. It's got slightly rounded corners, but I've used it for brownies, traybakes and millionaire's shortbread. It's a tad small, so I usually use two, but they are quite cheap. Other stuff I use on a regular basis is a 20cm loose bottomed (oo-er!) cake tin, a loaf tin and I've just bought a muffin tray. I do have loads of other stuff, but I'd say that's the stuff that gets used to most.

When I first got properly into baking I just got some Salter scales from the 1970s on eBay for about £3 and they were great. I only have new ones because they were a wedding gift (and they look like something from an old fashioned sweet shop!) I prefer that type of scale to the digital ones, but I think that's just because it's what I grew up with.

Non-stick versus silicone? I tend to prefer normal non-stick tins and as long as they're greased and lined properly then you shouldn't have many problems. We've found some of our silicone bakeware has gone a bit sticky over time. They've been washed properly, so I'm not sure if this is a common problem or related to a damp problem in the kitchen. Although, I couldn't resist these when we spotted them in France as they are just so cute!
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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by crystalball » Thu Oct 21, 2010 14:58

Those scales are lovely, Sylvie. I've got some cheap plastic ones from Argos, and they've always been OK, but I've got scales-envy now.

I find my silicone bakeware is a bit sticky too, but so are my normal non-stick tins. It took me ages to try it out but I'm in love with silicone now because I think the baking is much more even. And the bit where the cakes just come out without any effort, that's bloody witchcraft.

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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by scarvesandcharm » Thu Oct 21, 2010 19:07

I read that you can remove the sticky film from silicone baking tins by scrubbing it with baking soda. It seems to work on mine, anyway.

And yes, it's worth buying a silicone baking tins if you don't want the moment of suspense as you wonder if your beautiful cake is going to make it out of the tin in all its glory or if half of it is going to be stuck to the tin while the other half crumbles sadly on a plate.
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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by stolenwine » Thu Oct 21, 2010 19:31

thanks for the help you guys. i think i'm gonna go for the silicone trays, just because i can see myself wanting to cry if i make a cake and it gets stuck in the tin (which it probably will since i'm not exactly an expert baker!)

i'm gonna attempt some brownies this weekend!
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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by Sylvie » Thu May 02, 2013 11:14

I can't believe no one has posted in this thread for two and a half years! I thought it was about time someone revived it.

I started a baking blog earlier this year, in an attempt to get back into baking on a regular basis http://wafflyversatile.blogspot.co.uk/. I just thought it would be nice to have somewhere to record everything I bake and make notes on how well/disastrous it goes. I'm trying to challenge myself a bit more by making things like macarons (the Italian meringue method) and Pastéis de Nata.

I've got a simple victoria sponge lined up for this afternoon because we just moved to a new flat and I need to test out the oven with something I've made many times before.
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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by crystalball » Mon Mar 31, 2014 19:14

Right then. I'm desperately stressed and all I can think about is CAKE. Please tell me what to bake. Tonight I'm making this pear and caramel pudding.

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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by roundbitsofplastic » Tue Apr 01, 2014 08:47

Did you bake that? It look slike it wants to be in my face.

I don't remember the last time I baked a cake.
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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by roundbitsofplastic » Tue Apr 01, 2014 08:48

Actually, this reminds me (and I guess it's okay to post it on this thread) that we started a sourdough thingy on Sunday.

Will keep you posted :-)
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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by Silver Girl » Tue Apr 01, 2014 12:13

I baked a carrot, orange and almond cheesecake at the weekend, thus combining at least two of the best sorts of cake. It was good.

(be very careful with the sourdough culture. Sometimes it likes to fall in with the wrong crowd...)
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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by islandhopper » Tue Apr 01, 2014 12:31

The first two times I tried making sourdough I ended up with mould on top. Maybe I'm just not ready for the responsibility!

Although I do now know you can pretty much just scrape that off and carry on! I will try again.

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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by roundbitsofplastic » Tue Apr 01, 2014 12:46

Luckily, it's not just me that's responsible for the sourdough. If it was up to me it'd be all full o' weird shit and we'd be hallucinating so bad that we'd be killed as witches. Verity is very sensible so it may well turnout safe and tasty. WE SHALL SEE.
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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by Silver Girl » Wed Apr 02, 2014 09:22

Mine have gone feral twice. On both occasions, scraping the top layer off wasn't an option. It smelt like something had died in the kitchen. Bweurgh,
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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by roundbitsofplastic » Wed Apr 02, 2014 10:58

Silver Girl wrote:Mine have gone feral twice. On both occasions, scraping the top layer off wasn't an option. It smelt like something had died in the kitchen. Bweurgh,
Desperate but too hung over to make a vegetarian joke.

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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by crystalball » Wed Apr 02, 2014 11:35

roundbitsofplastic wrote:Did you bake that? It look slike it wants to be in my face.

I don't remember the last time I baked a cake.
Had a bit of a disaster with the caramel because I was composing haiku about my neighbour and it burnt. The caramel, not the haiku. But yeah, it's lovely. Must try and remember to post the recipe.

Are you too busy with the shop? Shall I send emergency cake?

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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by roundbitsofplastic » Wed Apr 02, 2014 12:04

crystalball wrote: Had a bit of a disaster with the caramel because I was composing haiku about my neighbour and it burnt. The caramel, not the haiku. But yeah, it's lovely. Must try and remember to post the recipe.
I genuinely got paid to write a haiku once. That is a fact. I'd forgotten about that.
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Thanks for theoffer, but I have SO MUCH CAKE. IF you come to the shop one day you can choose a cupcake, bakewell tsrt, ot muffin* and it will be on the house :-)


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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by roundbitsofplastic » Mon Apr 14, 2014 11:37

We actually BAKED bread yesterday. It was late by the time we got round to it so we only cut of a little piece to try, but it looked and tasted like bread. By george, it has a crust on it.

Like I said, I didn't get to properly taste it, but it seems alright. Fairly pleased!

Now all we need to do is figure out what we actually did right and try to do that again next time :-)
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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by roundbitsofplastic » Wed Apr 23, 2014 16:32

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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by crystalball » Sat Dec 20, 2014 14:03

Was making a cake just now and nearly choked on the edible glitter. As failed accidental suicides go, I highly recommend it.

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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by Sylvie » Sat Dec 20, 2014 16:55

crystalball wrote:Was making a cake just now and nearly choked on the edible glitter. As failed accidental suicides go, I highly recommend it.
That would be a glamorous way to go.

My xmas cakes & puddings are all made (but not tasted yet) and I made frangipane mince pies the other day. I can recommend them for anyone who finds normal mince pies a bit pastry heavy. Then I've got a wedding cake lined up for next year, so will have to start practicing for that in the new year. Could do with knowing more people in Liverpool to eat up the test-runs!

Here's my xmas cakes this year anyway.
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Re: Baking (cakes and stuff)

Post by RITH » Mon Feb 02, 2015 21:29

I made my very first pumpkin pie this weekend. If I had known it was this easy, I'd have made it many times before! I made the crust out of almond flour (3/4), potato starch (1/4), butter and honey. The filling is 1 pumpkin, rice milk, butter, eggs, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, vanilla and maple syrup. It's so good. I mean, SO good.

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