For many, it’s tradition to come up with a list of things we want to achieve for the New Year. It can be anything we want to improve in our personal or professional lives.
The same holds true for baking because there’s always an opportunity to up your game. That’s why we challenge you to pick up some new techniques and baking trends this year. Here’s a list to help take your baking skills to the next level.
#1 Mirror Glaze Cakes
Imagine a cake so smooth and shiny that you can see your reflection on the surface. It’s all thanks to mirror glaze, made from white chocolate, gelatin, and condensed milk. Add food coloring and achieve all sorts of gorgeous designs like the ones on Sugar Geek Show!
This cake trend is so hot it’s practically taken over the Internet! So why not try this out in 2019 and put your skills to the test?
#2 Caramelizing Sugar
First, we want to give you fair warning that hot sugar can be a bit tricky, but there’s no reason why you can’t learn this baking skill. Caramelized sugar has all sorts of applications. You can use it for cake decorating, making caramel sauce, or whipping up Filipino favorites like Banana Cue or our special Buttercake Pineapple Flan.
This skill is challenging as it involves research and experimentation on the different stages of sugar syrup. Check out this informative post by Baker Bettie to get you started.
#3 Allergen-free Baking
There are so many kids out there with food allergies. If yours fall into this category, this is the ideal baking skill to master. Think gluten-free flours and egg and dairy substitutes.
And even if nobody has allergies, it’s always a good idea to bake healthy. Check out one of our recent posts for ideas and tips!
#4 How to Make Puff Pastry
This light, flaky, and buttery pastry can be used for sweet or savory treats. It consists of folding and rolling butter and dough, called lamination. More layers means flakier pastry. Here’s an easy how-to from Baking a Moment
Macarons are classic desserts that are always on trend. Why? Because they look as good as they taste! These French cookies can be quite a challenge to bake, but it’s not impossible to learn. With patience and determination, even a child baker can pull it off with amazing results!
Easy Chocolate Macarons
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When it comes to macarons, you won’t be using just any ordinary cookie batter. You’ll need to refrigerate dough made from confectioner’s sugar, egg whites, and almond flour to start. And you’ll need to put your piping skills to good use. Check out this easy recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction.
We hope these will make it to your list of baking resolutions for 2019, or at the very least inspire you to come up with one. Are there any other baking skills you want to learn? Let us know by leaving a comment below!