How to Bring Back the Pleasure in Baking – Time and Budget Savers
One way to save time, money and effort is to start out by picking the right recipes for your every-day and holiday baking.
Choose recipes that make it easier to get the baking done. Picking recipes with these things in mind will make baking so much more enjoyable.
Make Items That Are Freezable – If you can make it ahead and freeze it and still get a good result, consider the recipe a winner. It doesn’t matter if you can’t freeze the entire finished product, or just the dough; freezing will help tremendously with ensuring that you have enough time to make the holiday and every-day baked items your family enjoys.
Make Baked Goods with Similar Ingredients – Most baked goods actually do have very similar ingredients, just in different amounts, mixed in different ways. You know you’re going to need sugar, butter, flour and then a variety of different spices and additions to make each recipe complete.
For the Festive Season, Revisit Baking Memories from the Past – Gingerbread, sugar cookies, bread pudding and fudge might come to mind. If you have a childhood favorite, don’t skip it. It’s always great to share those things with your children. It is part of the wonderful traditions that make up the holidays.
Ask Your Family and Friends What They Want – Everyone has a favorite. For some it’s pumpkin pie, everyday fruitcake, meltimg moment biscuits for others it’s their grandma’s apple pie. Whatever it is that is special, try to accommodate especially for special vistis from family and friends.
Consider Any Allergies – If you have family and friends with allergies, be sure to find out what is seriously an issue for them. For example, if someone is seriously allergic to nuts and they are coming to your house, you probably want to ensure that absolutely no nuts are anywhere to be found. Gluten free diets also need special care as well as Egg Free.
Consider Food Preferences – Do you have someone who has a dietary preference? If you do, try to make at least one baked item they can enjoy. For example, if you have someone who is on a low calorie diet, gluten free, egg free, diabetic or vegan. Taking the extra time to include them won’t be that difficult and you might find that everyone can enjoy that item, not just the one with the dietary need.
Make Your Favorite’s – Bake what you love to bake, don’t lose the love of baking.
Don’t worry; you can get it all done if you’re prepared, organized, and create a baking schedule. Creating your schedule will depend on how much time you have. You can do a lot of baking in one day, freeze, and thaw later. Or, you can do some baking each night until you’ve filled your freezer. Alternatively, you can do it all the day before. It’s up to you just remember these tips can help you to save time and money with baking.
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