Monthly Archives: March 2017

How To Bake A Cake Using the Rubbing-In Method

Most people say that cake making is very challenging, I tend to disagree. This is because cake is one of the easiest dessert or snack to make as long as one has the recipes and ingredients with them. Cake is one of those snacks that people enjoy eating and sharing all the time. They are presented as desserts, snacks or even accompaniment during breakfast or tea time. In some occasion cake happens to be a very important part of it, for example birthdays, wedding, congratulation parties and many other events.

Cakes are made in various flavors, shapes and sizes, and are categorized by the ingredients used. Baking is the process of making cakes bread and pastries using dry heat from the oven. Most people have fun while making and preparing cakes for their families they tend to enjoy doing it at home. Anyone can be able to bake at home as long as they have the correct procedure to prepare and cook it. The method of rubbing-in involves the process where fat is rubbed into the flour until the mixture look like bread crumbs. For our baking we need certain ingredients and steps to follow, they include:

Ingredients needed for baking

a) 200 grams of plain flour

b) 2- 2 ½ level teaspoon of baking powder

c) 100 grams of granulated sugar

d) 100 grams of fat

e) ¼ level teaspoon of salt

f) 1 egg

g) 5 tablespoons of milk

h) Flavoring

Procedure of baking

• Prepare the baking tin, by greasing it with fat and dredge it with flour, shake off all the excess flour, and if one is using the paper cases do not grease the tin.

• Light the oven up to 180 degrees.

• Sieve together all the dry ingredients (flour and baking powder)

• Rub-in the fat using your finger tips and while lifting the mixture up and down so as to aerate the mixture capturing as much air as possible

• Add the sugar and mix it well.

• Beat the egg and mix it with some milk,

• Create a well at the mixture, pour in the egg and milk solution and mix it to a smooth dropping consistency. Add the milk for the smooth effect to be attained.

• Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake till it's well raised, brown and cooked

• Remove from fire when cooked and let it cool for a minimum of 1 hour.

Cake baking is one of the simplest and anyone can try making a cake at home for their families. Follow the preparation steps correctly and you will not go wrong. Make a happy step by trying to bake today and you will not be disappointed.

Substitute For Marsala Wine – Cooking Alternatives

What is Marsala wine? Can you use a substitute for Marsala wine if a recipe specifically calls for this particular wine?

Marsala wine is produced on Sicily by using various varieties of grapes such as the Inaolia, Catarratto and Grillo grapes among others. It also comes in three grades that are classified according to color and sweetness, they are: Oro which is a light gold color, Amber, a darker sweeter blend and Rubino the true red variety. Marsala wine is a very sweet wine and often used in Italian cooking with many dishes using it in their names, such as the worlds famous Chicken Marsala that is served at Italian restaurants around the world. It is also often served as an aperitf before dinner.

If you do not use alcohol of any type or are against using wine in cooking you can omit it from certain recipes without to much trouble. For example, in Tiramisu you can completely omit the wine and follow one of many nonalcoholic recipes available that are still delicious.

It is a different story if you are considering using a substitute for Marsala, for example in Chicken Marsala, then it would be best to use a very sweet wine, a port or a sherry. Though this will, at times drastically alter the flavor of the recipe and it would then be best called chicken and wine instead of chicken Marsala.

All in all, there really is no substitute for Marsala wine in some recipes. This wine is often used as a base flavor for sauces. It has a very distinct flavor when it is reduced. It offers a flavor that is often key and the entire foundation of a dish.

It is good to note wine has been reported to have antioxidant properties and a reasonable amount in a moderate diet has been reported as healthy. Also, for those that do not wish to partake in alcoholic beverages, all the alcoholic properties and content of the wine cooks off during the cooking process and leaves only the essence of flavor behind. Marsala wine is also very easy to obtain and is usually available at most liquor purveyors. It is typically located by the ports and the sherry. It is reasonably priced and is a great addition to any kitchen pantry and once used, sure to become a stable in many of your favorite recipes.

Ultimately the decision is yours, substitute Marsala wine or not? Alcohol or none? Change can often be a good thing, but sometimes it is best to follow the recipe and use the list of ingredients recommend for the best results. Like the old saying goes "if it is not broke, do not fix it."