Baking Science: Foolproof Formulas to Create the Best Cakes, Pies, Cookies, Breads and More

Baking Science: Foolproof Formulas to Create the Best Cakes, Pies, Cookies, Breads and More

by Dikla Levy Frances
Baking Science: Foolproof Formulas to Create the Best Cakes, Pies, Cookies, Breads and More

Baking Science: Foolproof Formulas to Create the Best Cakes, Pies, Cookies, Breads and More

by Dikla Levy Frances


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The Scientifically Guaranteed Guide to Better Baked Goods

For every flawless cake you bake, are there three that come out of the oven dry, deflated or dense? Do your cookies crumble and cheesecakes crack? You’re not alone! A lot of bakers struggle with selecting the right ingredients or choosing the right method and temperature to yield flawless end results. With this book, One Sarcastic Baker creator Dikla Levy Frances is here to help you recognize your baking mistakes and learn how to get the best results—the scientific way. She teaches you the chemistry behind successfully baking everything from cakes to cookies to breads with approachable explanations and simple formulas so easy that anyone can create these sweet experiments.

Learn the molecular breakdown of basic ingredients like flour, butter and sugar, and how they react with each other to make the baked goods you love, like Triple Coconut Cake and Monday Night Football Cookies. Explore how mixing methods like beating vs. whisking vs. stirring affect your final product, and which method is best for the particular treat you’re trying to make, like Almond- Chocolate Pound Cake or Reese’s® Peanut Butter Quick Bread. Discover how different temperatures transform ingredients into the baked goods of your dreams, and how to use more or less heat to create everything from creamy, never-cracked Funfetti® Cheesecake to the perfect pie crust. Each section is also accompanied by scrumptious recipes to help you practice your newfound knowledge.

Improve your technique tenfold with simple, science-based tips that’ll have your baked goodies looking like masterpieces every time. Whether you’re a kitchen amateur or baking pro, you’re guaranteed to perfect your craft with Dikla’s approachable methodology and mouth-watering recipes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781645674542
Publisher: Page Street Publishing
Publication date: 04/19/2022
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 61,381
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Dikla Levy Frances is the creator of One Sarcastic Baker, a blog dedicated to sharing recipes and teaching foolproof baking tips to readers. Her work has been featured on feedfeed, and The Nosher. She currently lives in North Carolina with her family.

Table of Contents

What Is Baking Science? 10

Why Is Water the Most Essential (and Underappreciated) Ingredient in Baking? 12

Orange Cream Cheese Cake 15

Stabilizers 16

Ingredients That Add Structure in Baking

The Science Behind the Different Types of Flour, and When to Use Them 17

Cookie Butter Layer Cake 19

How Eggs Build Your Baked Goods' Structure 22

Caramelized Banana Blondies 24

Key Lime Mousse 29

How Starches and Other Ingredients Thicken Baking 30

Old-Fashioned Buttercream 32

Elevate Your Piecrust's Texture with Starch 33

Butternut Squash-Caramelized Onion Galette 34

The Secret Ingredient for Stabilizing Whipped Cream 36

"Caramelized" Whipped Cream 39

Tenderizers 41

Ingredients That Create the Ideal Texture in Baking

Fat: The Key Ingredient for Perfect Texture 42

Hazelnut Chocolate Cookies 44

How to Aerate Butter for Light, Melt-in-Your-Mouth Baking 45

Orange Sesame Cake 47

When to Use Butter vs. Oil 48

Chocolate-Cherry Pop Tarts 49

How to Choose the Best Oil for What You're Baking 52

Olive Oil Chocolate Pancakes 53

Triple Coconut Cake 56

Everything You Didn't Know About Sugar 58

Simple Syrup Rose Water Jell-O 60

Browned Butter-Coffee Blondies 63

What Is Acid and How Does It Better Our Baking? 64

Blueberry Snack Cake 66

The Softest Double Chocolate Chip Cookies 69

Boost Your Baking with Leaveners 70

Nutty Bread 72

Monday Night Football Cookies 77

My Favorite Homemade Donuts 80

Temperature 82

The Force That Transforms Ingredients into Baked Goods

How to Keep Your Cheesecake from Cracking 84

Funfetti® Cheesecake 85

Take Your Cheesecake's Flavor to the Next Level 88

Browned Honey Burnt Basque Cheesecake 91

Create Incredible Caramel Flavor 92

Caramel Lovers Cupcakes 93

Make Moist, Syrup-Soaked Cakes 96

Maple Pecan Cake 97

How to Bake Flawless Madeleines 100

Pistachio-Orange Blossom Madeleines 102

How to Enhance Chocolate Flavor 103

Simple-Yet-Fabulous Chocolate Cupcakes 106

Bake Perfectly Round Cookies 107

Classic Peanut Butter Cookies 110

Is Freezing a Form of Baking? 111

Strawberry Shortcake Popsicles 113

Foolproof Formulas 114

The Easy, Scientific Way to Assure Your Baked Goods Succeed

Rich Pound and Butter Cakes 116

Almond-Chocolate Pound Cake 118

Tender, Crumbly Sponge Cake 119

Strawberry-Peach Sponge Cupcakes 121

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Chiffon Cake 122

Orange Chiffon Cake 124

Airy Angel Food Cake 125

Strawberry Angel Food Cake 127

Always Light Meringue 128

Caramel-Filled Meringue Clouds 131

Moist Quick Breads and Muffins You'll Master 133

Reese's® Peanut Butter Quick Bread 134

No-Fail Flaky Scones and Biscuits 136

Apricot-White Chocolate Scones 139

The Perfect Piecrust 140

Tender and Flaky Piecrust 142

Incredibly Easy to Personalize Cookies 144

Flower Blossom Shortbread Cookies 145

Ganache for Every Occasion 148

Chocolate Ganache 150

Consistently Creamy Custard 151

Cheesy Salmon Quiche 152

Everyday Artisan Bread 155

Chocolate Bread 159

Putting It All Together 161

Use the Science You've Learned to Take Your Baking to the Next Level!

The Perfect Cupcakes 162

Banana Cupcakes with Coffee Frosting 164

The Ultimate Layer Cake 166

Pistachio Cream Layer Cake with White Chocolate Whipped Cream 168

Crispy, Crumbly Cookies You'll Crave 171

S'mores Biscotti 173

Last-Minute Cake Made from Basic Pantry Items 175

Chai Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting 176

My Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies 179

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies 180

Best Challahs Yet 181

Timeless Traditional Challah 182

Resources 185

Acknowledgments 185

About the Author 186

Index 187

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