5 TOP TIPS ON HOW TO CLEAN YOUR BAKING TRAYS…

Would you love to find an easier way to clean your oven baking trays?  Well, here are a few tips on how to clean them the easy way.

  1. Cover the baking tray in hot, soapy water, and leave it for 30 minutes. Once the time is up, scrub the tray with a 2p coin using a circular motion. 
  2. Remove any loose bits with a paper towel – refrain from using a scourer as this can damage the tray. Next, pour the water and some baking soda into the sink, and soak the tray for an hour.  Drain the water and wipe away any residue using a cloth or sponge. 
  3. If you have a dishwasher then after you have removed any loose bits place it on the bottom shelf of your dishwasher and wash as normal.
  4. If you haven’t got a dishwasher then buy yourself some dishwasher tablets as they are excellent for cleaning pans etc. To clean a baking tray fill the kitchen sink with hot water, and add a small amount of dishwashing liquid or pop in a tablet. Soak the tray for at least one hour. Allow the soap to cut through the remaining oils and grease. If your tray doesn’t fit into the sink completely, you’ll want to turn it over at the one-hour mark and allow the other side to soak. Clean with a sponge then finish by popping it into the dishwasher for one final clean.
  5. After soaking your baking tray for several hours in washing up liquid and a dishwasher tablet put white wine vinegar, or apple cider vinegar, into a spray bottle and liberally spray the tray over the tray. Clean well with a wire brush or sponge if non-stick tray.

SOME GREAT TIPS ON USING EGGS IN YOUR BAKING…

1. If you add a beaten egg slowly to your batter mix it prevents the batter from becoming too stiff.

2. Always use eggs at room temperature when baking them.

3. Eggs will whip more easily if left for 10 minutes in chilly water before breaking.

4. Place the egg in a bowl of water, if it sinks and lies on its side, it’s fresh. If it sinks and stands large end up, it’s on the turn so use it within a couple of days. If it floats, bin it, as it’s gone off.

5. If you weigh four whole eggs in their shells, then whatever the weight is, that’s how much each flour, sugar, and butter you should add. This will ensure a delicious cake every time.

6. If you’re making soft meringue for a pie topping, say, for our Classic Lemon Meringue Pie, add a teaspoon of cornflour to your sugar. It’ll aid in absorbing any extra water the sugar will attract.

7. To make sure the essence you use adds flavour to the whole cake, mix it into the egg before adding the egg to the mixture.

8. Eggs will stay fresher longer if you store them pointed end down.

9. If you forgot to take your eggs out for baking, then just pop them into a bowl and cover them with hot water. Take them out after a couple of minutes and use them for baking as normal.

10. To separate eggs for baking, tap the shell against the side of a mixing bowl to crack, then break open, letting the white run out into the bowl and holding the yolk in one half of the shell. Tip the yolk backwards and forwards from shell to shell to let all the white run into the bowl.

11. When you’re making sponge cakes, beat the eggs together in a jug and add to the butter and sugar mixture gradually, whisking well between additions. If the mixture looks like it’s going to curdle, add a spoonful of the weighed flour and beat again until smooth.

12. When you’re making sponge cakes, beat the eggs together in a jug and add to the butter and sugar mixture gradually, whisking well between additions.

13. If after adding your eggs your mixture looks like it’s going to curdle, add a spoonful of the weighed flour and beat again until smooth.

14. Make sure your bowl is clean as if you have any grease or oil in the bowl with the egg whites, they won’t whisk up.

15. If you need to seperate your eggs cold eggs separate much easier than warm or room temperature eggs.