Edd Kimber's Top 20 Baking Tips

Great British Bake Off winner Edd Kimber shares his top tips for perfecting your baking skills...

Great British Bake Off winner Edd Kimber shares his top tips for perfecting your baking skills... Edd Kimber
  1. Always measure the ingredients in advance, it helps keeps everything running smooth.
  2. Read recipes a couple times before starting, it will help prevent silly mistakes.
  3. Once you’ve made a recipe a couple of times feel free to play around with it a little, but avoid this when trying a new recipe for the first time before you really know how it works.
  4. Work tidy. If your workspace is messy then it’s harder to bake well.
  5. Put on some music, I find it relaxes me and gets me in the baking mood.
  6. Baking times are a guide, ovens can vary a lot so use your intuition and knowledge to check things are fully baked.
  7. Try different flours, there are so many flours out there that have amazing flavours. A favourite of mine is buckwheat.
  8. Use an electric scale, which are cheap and really improve the accuracy of your baking.
  9. Take time – baking should never be rushed.
  10. If you want fresh bread in the morning, but don’t wake up at the crack of dawn, put the kneaded bread in the fridge to rise slowly overnight. It improves the flavour and cuts the work needed in the morning.
  11. Try new flavours, sometimes you’ll discover a new love.
  12.  Don’t worry too much, unless you burn it there’s a good chance it will still taste good and perfection is overrated.
  13.  Don’t use the baking powder from the back of the cupboard. If it has been there for years it probably won’t work!
  14.  If you love bread, especially sourdough, keep a dough diary. Keeping track of the rise times, room temperature and ratios will help you keep your bread consistent.
  15. Try tonka beans, one of my favourite ingredients to add flavour.
  16.  If using vanilla pods, look for fat waxy beans. If they are thin and brittle they are stale and won’t have much flavour.
  17.  If you don’t want to spend the money on vanilla beans, use vanilla bean paste. It is more expensive than extract but is packed full of actual beans.
  18. Don’t worry about failing, sometimes you learn more that way.
  19. Use an oven thermometer. Some ovens are very inaccurate and a cheap thermometer can help you keep the heat correct.
  20. Most of all just enjoy it, baking is fun!

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