Golden Rule:

 ROOM TEMPERATURE

Half of the time when a recipe says to make sure your ingredients are at room temp we skip over that part because could it really be that big of a deal? Yes ma'am, it is a big deal. 

 

Most recipes will have you bring eggs or milk to room temp because they are going to be combined with a fat such as butter, coconut oil, etc. If you add that fat to a cold liquid product you will wind up with chunks of fat floating in your lovely batter. Not a pretty sight and this is bad when it comes to the baking as your fats will not be evenly dispersed as they would be in liquid form.

Tips:

  • Place your cold eggs in a cup of lukewarm water while you prepare other ingredients.

  • Heat up your milk in the microwave for about 10 seconds (no more or it may curdle).

Sorbet

CHECKER

We've all made batches of sorbet that are either hard as a rock or so soft they're un-scoopable. For this trick all you need is a fresh egg to turn out perfect sorbet every time!

What to do: 

  • Place slightly sweetened sorbet in a relatively tall container (tall enough for the egg to float in). Start this process with less syrup in the mix than you think you need.

  • Place the *clean* egg into the mixture.

  • If your sorbet is sweet enough to freeze to the correct consistency the egg will float enough to show about a quarter-sized amount of the top of the egg on the surface of your sorbet.

  • If you don’t see enough of the egg, add more simple syrup.

Avoid

BERRY SINKAGE

When making a cake laced with berries or fruity scones the last thing we want is a glob of berries cooked into the bottom of our gorgeous confections, right? It turns out flour is the key to this little issue.

Here's the trick:

  • Cut up your berry/fruit pieces as you please.

  • Toss them in flour to get a good little coating on them.

  • Fold into your mixture and go about your baking without a worry of sinkage!