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10 Holiday Baking Tips

Dec 11 2013

by Tamara Eckles

How do I prepare for the holiday baking season? Glad you asked! Here are 10 tips to make the most of your baking this December the time of year I like to call the Olympics of baking for those of us who love to bake! You can also listen to my latest Jem of the South Radio show where I chat in more detail about how I prepare for this special time of the year. Happy Baking!
1) Be prepared. The last thing you want to happen is not to be prepared for the most exciting baking time of the year.
2) Determine what you plan to bake. Search the web, magazines , cookbooks or Pinterest for those recipes you are dying to make this year.
3) Check your pantry for baking essentials (flour, sugars, cocoa, baking powder, etc)
4) Check refrigerator for baking essentials (fresh eggs, milk, whipping cream, cream cheese)
5) Check the dates on flour, spices, cocoa, etc. Replace any spices that have expired
6) Use real vanilla and/or vanilla beans. No imitation vanilla extract!

7) If traveling make sure all the baking essentials are at the location you are visiting (measuring cups, baking pans, ingredients for baking)

8) Check for baking tools like cake pans, cupcake tins, parchment paper, cling wrap, aluminum foil, zester to zest oranges, small grater for spices
9) So yoou only need a small amount of nutmeg, one vanilla bean or a little ginger? Check speciality stores like World Market to buy in smaller quantities. Sometimes your local grocery store only has these spices in large quantities, but you can visit World Market and get a few pieces of nutmeg or one to two vanilla beans at a low price.
10) Bake with seasonal fruits like pears, apples, oranges, sweet potatoes, cranberries. Why buy seasonal? Lower prices, peak flavors which means the natural sweetness comes forth so you don’t have to use much sugar.
Those are my tips. I hope they help you have an awesome baking season!

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Tamara Eckles is a dessert enthusiast who has a love for dessert and business plain and simple. Tamara married her love of desserts which includes 20 years of baking experience and her love of entrepreneurship to start her popular media company, Jem of the South, the place where you “Discover Something Sweet”. Jem of the South is the home of Jem Radio, a monthly on-line radio show highlighting small business owners in the dessert industry, Rare Jems TV and Jem of the South Events and Workshops. She is also the author of the e-book ” 7 Sweet Recipes for Dessert Business Success” as well as two dessert guides. Tamara is becoming a go to resource for discovering sweet dessert businesses and dessert trends. Join her on her mission as she “Discovers Something Sweet!”.

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