Baking tips

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When boiling milk, first stir in a pinch of baking soda. This will help keep the milk from curdling

When a recipe calls for butter the size of an egg, use four tablespoons

After crimping the edge of the pie crust, lift the edge of the crust gently all around with your fingers. This keeps the dough from sticking to the dish while baking and makes it easier to take out the pieces of pie

A teaspoon of sugar mixed with your yeast and water makes it raise better. Even if you are making bread you can use some sugar

Keep brown sugar in a closed container with an apple in it, the brown sugar will stay soft and moist

Cookie & Cake Decoration: Keep a small amount of sugar in small glass jars, add a few drops of food coloring and shake jar. Keep several colors on hand

Never mix salt directly with the yeast and water mixture as the salt kills the raising action

Grate orange and lemon peel before peeling. Dry and add to spice cake or any cookies or puddings. The dried grated peel will keep well in a covered jar

Dip the blades of shears in hot water before cutting marshmallows, they won’t stick

A tablespoon of minute tapioca sprinkled in apple pie will absorb excess juice while baking

 

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