Baking is a method of preparing food that uses dry heat, typically in an oven, but can also be done in hot ashes, or on hot stones. The most common baked item is bread but many other types of foods are baked. Heat is gradually transferred "from the surface of cakes, cookies, and bread to their centre.
The Golden Rule of Baking. If you have done any baking at all, chances are you already have the first line of the recipe memorized: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Yes, it's a nice round number and easy to remember, but that's not the reason it's the go-to number for baking. It's the chemistry behind it.
A bench scraper is your secret weapon for tackling just about anything. "In professional bakeries, bench scrapers are used for everything," says Bartone. Bench scrapers are a pastry chef's secret weapon for cleaning up, making perfectly smooth cakes, and portioning dough.
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