BAKING

Whipping Egg Whites: Soft vs. Stiff Peaks

Totally clueless when a recipe calls for egg whites with soft or stiff peaks?
Soft-peak stage: Egg whites are in the soft-peak stage when the mixture mounds but has no shape. Medium-peak stage: At medium-peak stage,  the mixture is thicker and stands but still bends. Stiff-peak stage: It has reached stiff-peak stage when the mixture stands ...

How to Check If Your Baking Soda and Powder are Atill Active

Using old ingredients? Check if they're still good enough. Here's how
Using old ingredients when baking? Check FIRST if your baking soda and powder are still active. If they're not, your bread won't rise hence a failed recipe.  As with all ingredients, always check the expiry date.  Photography by Enrico Gutierrez | Text, ...

How to Measure Ingredients Properly

The wrong measurements can spell the difference between delightful and disaster.
The wrong measurement can spell the difference between delightful and disaster. Click on the slideshow to learn how to do it right! Photography by Enrico Gutierrez | Text, Research, Styling, and Demonstration by Liezl Yap | Props from Saizen (measuring cups and ...

3 Frosting-free Ways to Decorate Your Cake

Decorating is a piece of cake!
Baking doesn’t have to be complicated. We've got tips to help you decorate cakes.Find the cake you really fancy, here: cake recipesPhotography by Patrick Martires | Styling by Liezl Yap | Demonstration by Rachelle Santos ...

Baking 101

10 must-master skills for the newbie baker
Want to enter the wonderful world of baking? Here are 10 baking skills you should know before you take the plunge. Don't worry, this will be easy. It can be rough at first, but the finished product will be worth it—we promise!Check ...

How To Make A Pie Crust

Knowing this will make way for tart and pie weekends with the family. Fill as you wish.
Knowing this basic pie crust recipe will make way for tart and pie weekends with the family. Fill as you wish. Click on the slideshow for the step-by-step guide! Try this pie crust on these pies:Caramelized Apple PieClassic Pecan PieBanana Coconut Cream ...

How to Make Fruitcake Bars

Update your fruitcake recipe by using dried fruits and making them bite-sized.
'Tis the season for fruitcake! Here's a superb tweak on the traditional recipe: Use dried local fruits and cut the cake into bite-sized bars. Wrapping tip  We used dried mangoes, coconut, bananas, and pineapples in this recipe. To give as gifts, first ...

How to prepare a bain marie

See how to prepare a bain marie for your Steamed Lemon Pudding Cake.
.See how to prepare a bain marie for your Steamed Lemon Pudding Cake and Apple and Cinnamon Ensaymada Pudding on the gallery belowDo the bain-marie on these recipes:    •    Mango Pudding Cake    •    Chocnut Pudding    •    Dark Chocolate Orange Pots de Creme    ...

How to Make Jam Biscuit Sandwiches

This kid-friendly recipe is best paired with tea.
Follow the link to see the full recipe: Jam Biscuit SandwichesPhotography by Patrick Martires | Styling by Elaine P. LimFeel like making homemade fruit jam? Try these recipes: Green Mango Jam Fruit JamJun Jun de Guzman's Guava-Lemon Jam ...

Baking Ingredient Substitutions

No cake flour? No buttermilk? Here are some ingredient substitutions that might come in handy.
Here are some ingredient substitutions that might come in handy the next time you find yourself in a baking fix.      If the recipe calls for...You can substitute with…1 cup cake flour1 cup minus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour1 cup all-purpose flour1 ...

How to Make and Roll Out Dough

Baking pies might seem intimidating, but it's actually quite simple. Look!
Click here to see full recipe for Pie Dough. Check out our step-by-step guide to learn how to make your own dough. Use this crust on these: Classic Pecan PiePear Honey-Walnut PieChicken Pot PieSweet Potato PieChocolate Chestnut Tart PieGrape TartChoco-Caramel Hazelnut TartFruit ...

WATCH: How to Make A Basic Sweet Dough

Baking bread isn't as hard as you think.
A versatile dough which works for both sweet and savory ingredients? Try this recipe! Recipe by Jun Jun de Guzman| Demo by Aldwin Aspillera | Video by Ray Gonzales | Editing by Seka Cabatit ...

A Newbie's Guide to Baking Essentials

Ready to take on baking? We have a list of must-haves for your baking space.
New to baking? We've listed the baking gear you will need to get started!1. Rubber SpatulaYou will come across countless recipes that read something like, “Scrape down the sides of the bowl.” A rubber or silicone spatula will flawlessly get this job ...

15 Secrets to Baking the Best Cakes

We spill on how you can make your best cake yet!
When it comes to baking, hit or miss is not an option. Get started on making the best versions of your cake creations by following these tips:Mise en Place 1. Use the right ingredients Use the right kind of flour. If the recipe calls ...

Hey, Home Baker! You Need to Stock Up on These 5 Ingredients

You need more than just flour, butter, eggs, and sugar!
Starting your baking journey? Make sure your pantry is stocked not only with flour, butter, eggs, and sugar, but also with these five ingredients! 1 Baking Soda Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is used as a leavening agent. when it’s mixed into batters ...

Your Cheat Sheet to Baking Cookies

Chewy cookies turned crispy? Here’s a quick guide on how to get cookie-baking right.
.Not all cookies are created equal. Here’s a quick guide on how to make and bake cookies just the way you like ‘em: If you want crispy cookies: Use granulated white sugar.Use butter as fat.Bake cookies completely.Store properly in air-tight containers.If you want ...
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