Let's Bake! :)

An explanation of the baking profession

Let's Start!

Baking History 101

One thing that is very important for a beginning baker is to know its history. Forms of baking have been around since the Ancient Egyptians. Sometime after 4000 BC, these natives invented leavening, and in Greek (around 300 BC), there are rumors and reports of a bakery in Athens. In 168 BC, the Romans put together a Baker's Guild. Down the line, just a short time after the year 1200, Vikings came up with the word "Kaka", which eventually became "cake". Europe, shortly after the year 1600, introduced round iced cakes, as well as molds and refined sugars. Finally, modern layered cakes popped up, as well as pictures and images on cakes, during the 1700, to 2000 time span.
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Insightful Tips

There are a few important things that you should always remember about creating quality cakes and pastries.

-Understanding your ingredients. This means understanding exactly where they come from, and keeping each ingredient as spectacular as possible.

- Understanding your history. Keep it simple. Know your roots, know your strengths, and use logic to understand exactly what makes great bakeries and cakeries great.

-Understanding your materials. Please, please know how to use your supplies.

Keeping these easy instructions as a part of your shop will keep your delightful desserts close to home forever.

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Skills!

A lot of bakers have an amazing talent as far as making realistic looking real useful daily objects.

The picture above is a wedding cake created by a baker who's parents opened the bakery and passed it on to their child who has the bakery opened to this day! The cake is made from fondant and real fruit dipped in white and dark chocolate.

Let's Learn!

Education

To open up your own bakery, a common start is to go to culinary school. Unless you have excelled talent, you would find it beneficial to go to beginner's class, like Wilton's Beginner's Buttercream. Don't forget about math though! In the baking profession, you will come across situations in which you'll need to split or double a recipe, and it will be helpful to understand fractions and ratios; so pay attention in math class!

Tools and Ingredients

Baking is a science. You definitely need suitable tools for the baking profession. A good mixer, dough hook, icing bags, a spatula, and an quality oven are all important tools. You also need to know how to use these. read the pamphlet that comes with your new mixer or oven, take time on the internet to find out how to use your icing bag to its full advantage, or the best way to manipulate your fondant. The more you understand your ingredients and tools, the better your desserts and baked goods will be.
How to Measure Ingredients

Measuring

Baking is not cooking. Cooking is based on preference, when, if you like spicy food, you can change the recipe to use more heat. If you change the recipe in baking, you'll create an honest disaster. This is why measuring skills are so important. You really can't mess with the chemistry of things, and the slightest miscalculation can lead to disastrous results. This is why it's important to know your fractions. The video above will show you have to begin the art of mastering one of baking's most important skills.