6 Advanced Baking Skills You Need to Learn

Many people have been spending more time in the kitchen since the lockdowns began. If you’re one of those who have started to be interested in baking, you probably have some favourite recipes by now. Why not invest some more in this hobby?

Although baking is a creative process, there are also technicalities to know about. Learning a few advanced skills can push you from being a beginner to a connoisseur level.

Here are eight critical skills in baking that you should learn:

1. SHAPING AND SCORING BREAD

Baking bread is an enjoyable process. You can start with basic white sandwich bread or no-knead bread. And once you feel ready for more challenging work, start learning how to shape and score bread. With these techniques, your bread will be baked evenly. It’s also your chance to showcase some creativity.

2. CARAMELISING SUGAR

Caramelisation might sound easy for many people. You just have to melt the sugar, and that’s it. But if you deviate even just a little from the proper technique, the final result won’t be as desired.

“Caramelised sugar can upgrade your pastry into a whole new level of lusciousness. Use this skill to make a tempting crème brûlée or candies. The only way to become a master is to practice. And whatever baking technique you’re learning, don’t skimp on quality tools.”, advises Karina Wolfin, Kitchen Rentals Supervisor at Direct Appliance Rentals.

3. PREPARING A DOUGH BY HAND

If you’ve depended on grocery-store dough or a food processor since you started baking, it’s probably time to learn the manual approach. Every baker must know how to prepare pastries by hand. Not only as a backup plan but also to help you appreciate the work better.

4. MELTING WHITE CHOCOLATE

Every experienced baker knows white chocolate is more challenging to melt than its laid-back brother, dark chocolate. Take note that a white chocolate’s melting point is different from the dark ones, which means you have to be extra careful during the melting process. An experienced baking instructor can surely help you!

5. BAKING MACARONS

These French pastries have been popular for years now; however, many bakers are still intimidated by them. Accept the challenge and start learning to make this delightful confectionery now.

The process of making macaroons can be a bit tricky, but you’ll undoubtedly achieve that luscious texture and lovely finish. Here are more tips to make perfect macarons.

6. MAKING A MIRROR GLAZE

Mirror glaze was a rage several years ago, but it’s still a creative way to present your pastry. Learn how to make a mirror glaze and experiment from there. Who knows? You might discover a new technique.

Do you want to take your baking skills to a higher level?

Enrol on a baking class at Sweet Artist Academy now! We offer high-standard training by teaching students the latest baking technique from Europe. Classes are limited to 7 people to ensure individual learning. Contact us now to know more!

Written by Eliana Evison