Spring Entertaining: The Essential Collection Of Classic Cookies & Cakes

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The Essential Collection Of Classic Cookies & Cakes 

Hosting lovely spring gatherings should include a carefully curated menu of fine cookies & cakes that highlight the very best. Begin bridal luncheons, wedding day festivities, baby showers, special birthday celebrations & Mother’s Day parties with The New Soup & Salad Luncheon Plate featuring Parmesan Canapé Shells filled with Classic Caesar Salad, Lemon-Dill Pickled Shrimp or traditional canapés but it is dessert that tends to garner the most anticipation. Petite sized sweets that not only taste good but feature some of the most iconic desserts with French influences are guaranteed to elevate any table when entertaining. Whether you’re a novice or an advanced baker, it’s important to have the proper ingredients, tools & equipment available well in advance to make the baking process efficient, rewarding & fun. Read through the recipes before beginning. Make a list of items that may need to be purchased online or picked up locally. Over the next few weeks, learn how to prepare everything from simple butter cookies with lovely design elements to classic European cake styles that are perfectly portioned for party menus. Drop by daily to gain valuable insight on a variety of topics.

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How To Bake For Spring Entertaining

Most everything lovely that comes out of your kitchen, begins with planning & logistics. From curating the finest ingredients to making certain supplies are available to create a beautiful gift for someone dear to you, many tasks must be taken care of before baking can even begin. Create a list, place orders for items now & make a timeline. 

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Spring parties are an opportunity to celebrate family & friendships with specially prepared baked goods that may be offered to guests. Be certain you’re on task this season with these helpful pointers.

No. 1

The Ingredient Staples

The most important task before baking can begin is being certain the proper ingredients are well stocked in your pantry & refrigerator. The average 4 pound portion of sugar yields approximately 9 1/2 cups while you can expect approximately 13 cups from a 5 pound bag of flour. Access the items you plan to bake. Pound cakes use a large quantity of eggs & butter. Purchase pecans in bulk to make the smartest use of your budget. Any remaining nuts may be stored in the freezer for several months & used for a variety of recipes at a later date. 

Brushing pans with melted butter not only helps in releasing cakes from tins but it aides in providing extra flavor to them. Check individual recipes to be certain you’re on task & if parchment paper is needed, do not skip the additional step of lining the pans.

Always use pure vanilla extract in recipes. Vanilla bean paste may often times be substituted for the beans to use in custards & sauces but just know they will be a little sweeter in flavor. Use a fresh batch of spices for cakes & cookies to ensure the best taste.

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The Tools & Equipment

Invest in quality bakeware at every turn. I prefer heavy, silver or gray pans for layer cakes yet thinner, sturdy pans for pound cakes as the bake time is often lengthy. Once you have a brand that performs well in your oven, don’t stray from it when replacements are needed.

The most popular time to reach for rolling pins is during baking designed for entertaining. Although a traditional style may be used for most tasks, consider purchasing a tapered French pin as you become more comfortable in the kitchen. They’re excellent to use for fine tuning dough to the proper thickness quickly & accurately with just a few quick, deliberate & lightly pressured pivots.

Microplane graters are wonderful for capturing citrus zest quickly while a mortar & pestle may be used to grind spices. Check local kitchen stores for these essentials & ask associates to guide you in choosing the best tool to complete the task you have in mind. 

The Pan Essentials
 

Half Sheet Pans

These multipurpose, hardworking essentials may be used to make little cakes or dozens of irresistible cookies. The thick bottoms ensure the cookies brown & bake evenly. Use them for to deposit & retrieve items from ovens more easily, too. Invest in up to a half dozen & reserve several for just baking tasks. If you take care of them, your reward will be found in the goods produced from them. 

Silicone Baking Mat

A silicone baking mat is a vital piece of equipment when many thin batters are used. Once items are baked, they release easily from the surface & withstand extremely high oven temperatures.  

Parchment Paper

Pan liners are considered a true baker essential. Parchment paper is used not only to line cake pans but to cover half sheet pans when dozens of cookies are in order. Be certain to pick up several rolls to have on hand at a moments notice. 

Cake Pans

Always invest in 3 {8-inch} & 2 {9-inch} cake pans for use as that is how many recipes are formulated. 

No. 3

The Logistics

Many cakes & cookies may be prepared in advance, however some of the techniques & recipes I’ll be featuring are best when made as close to serving as possible. These items are not difficult to make but I’ll guide you in what components may be handled ahead of time to ensure the freshest, most beautiful results.

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