5 Ways to Improve Your Holiday Baking

5 Ways to Improve Your Holiday Baking

We’re big fans of the very talented, Stephanie Steiner, here at CrossFit 317. Not only is she a regular member of our #Team0530 crew but she’s also an expert baker and mastermind behind the amazing CrossFit 317 5 year anniversary cake shown below. Today she’s sharing some of her tips for successful holiday baking projects.
1. Butter means butter! If a recipe calls for butter, don’t substitute margarine or spreadable butter from a tub. Both of these will change the texture of the batter or dough and affect how it bakes. Get the good stuff!
2. Keep it simple. Often the simplest recipes are the best. Use quality ingredients, don’t over mix (especially cakes and quick breads) and be careful not to over bake – follow recipe temps and times carefully.
3. Stale cookies? Get bread! If your cookies are a few days past their prime and have started to dry out, place a piece of bread in an airtight container with them overnight to help soften them up again.
4. Too many treats? Cookie exchanges are popular these days, but often you end up with more cookies than you could (or at least should) eat while they’re still fresh. Most cookies freeze well, extending their life from a few days to maybe even a few weeks.
First, wrap them tightly with plastic wrap. Then seal in a freezer bag, removing as much air as possible.  When you’re ready to eat, leave them on the counter to thaw while still wrapped to keep in as much moisture as possible.
5. Not an oven person? Make a trifle! Store bought angel food cake or pound cake cubed and layered with fruit and a pudding whipped cream mixture is both beautiful and delicious! Try this one: https://pin.it/qjut7yecmk2t4a

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