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Baking Tips & Tricks from the Pro Bakers at Baker's Brew

Sun, 2023-07-23

Embark on a journey of discovery into the captivating world of baking! Brought to you by the experts at Baker's Brew, the home of quintessential baking mastery in Singapore, this treasure trove of insider advice is designed to elevate your baking skills. 

So, prepare to indulge in the secrets of our pros, and let's turn your kitchen into a bakery with our tips as well as our engaging baking classes!

1. Check the Temperature when Handling Butter and Sugar

Butter and sugar can be tricky to master, but with a bit of insight, they're a breeze to handle. The secret? Monitor their temperature. Room-temperature butter ensures a smooth, creamy texture when creamed with sugar. But beware of overly soft butter—it can result in heavy, dense cakes. Sugar, more than a sweetener, also acts as a moisture provider, a browning aid, and a tenderiser. A hint of experimentation with sugar quantities can lead to a more distinct flavour profile.

2. Invest in Quality Baking Tools

The tools in your baking repertoire play a key role in your baking success. Essentials include a set of measuring spoons and a digital scale for precise measurements, a high-quality mixer—preferably a stand mixer for frequent bakers—and top-notch bakeware that impacts the cooking time and final look of your cakes.

3. Avoid Overmixing Your Batter

Mistakes are part of the baking process, and one common error is overmixing. This can lead to tough, less appetising cakes. The solution is simple—stop mixing your ingredients as soon as the flour disappears.

4. Test Your Baking Powder and Bicarbonate of Soda

If you're unsure whether your raising agents are still active, there's a simple test you can do. For baking powder, mix a teaspoon with half a cup of hot water; it should bubble immediately. For bicarbonate of soda, mix a teaspoon with a splash of vinegar; it should also bubble up. This can save your baked goods from turning into flat, dense bricks.

5. Know Your Oven

Every oven is unique, with hot and cold spots that can affect baking. Get to know your oven; try baking a few batches of cookies in different areas to identify any uneven heating. This understanding can help you rotate your pans effectively for even browning.

6. Measure Ingredients by Weight

Lastly, always measure your ingredients by weight rather than volume for consistency. This is particularly crucial with flour, where compaction can significantly affect the amount you're actually adding.

Enrol in Baking Classes at Baker’s Brew

We've shared some tips, but there's so much more to learn and explore in the realm of baking. Why not take the leap and enrol in a baking class? Whether you're a beginner seeking basic baking lessons near you, a seasoned baker hunting for the best baking class in Singapore has to offer, or a parent interested in a baking class for kids, our curriculum at Baker’s Brew caters to all. The benefits of our private baking classes and cake-making classes in Singapore are that they provide personalised, as-on experiences designed to transform you into a baking maestro. Still not convinced? Here are 5 more reasons to sign up for a baking course!

Join our baking courses and unlock the delightful world of baking today. We can't wait to welcome you and your family to our family of passionate bakers!

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Guides and Tips From Macaron Baking Classes for Beginners

Mon, 2023-02-13

Light, fluffy, and incredibly tasty, macarons are heavenly treats where every bite will make you feel as if you're walking on clouds made of sugar. Most people who have tasted this delectable treat have been tempted by the thought of trying to bake it themselves. However, macarons are notoriously tricky to accomplish for beginners – though not impossible when attempted with the right knowledge, guidance, and practice. 

This beginner's guide will tell you everything you need to know about making macarons, including baking tips from our workshops and classes in Singapore.

1. Macaroons are Not Macarons

A very common mistake amongst beginners to baking is confusing macarons and macaroons. The taste, appearance, and recipe for macarons and macaroons are night and day. Macarons are meringue-based sandwich cookies that require extreme precision and a multi-step recipe to make. Macaroons, on the other hand, are a type of drop cookie made with coconut shavings. If you’re attempting to bake these on your own, make sure you’re following the right recipe before you start. 

2. Decide on a Method for Your Macarons

The appeal of making macarons that has captivated both novice baking workshop attendees and experienced bakers alike is that there isn't just one way to make them. In fact, there are three different methods of making the meringue used in macarons. Each method produces different tastes, textures, and appearances in your macaron, so your final bakes might vary depending on which method is covered in the recipe use or baking class you attend.

French Method

Egg whites and sugar are whipped together to form firm peaks to make French meringue. The simplicity of this method makes it popular among beginner baking classes and macaron workshops.

Italian Method

This method involves first putting water and sugar in a saucepan to boil. The resulting syrup is then slowly dripped into the egg whites as they are being whipped, until stiff peaks form and the mixture cools. This method can produce more stable macarons and is taught in more advanced baking classes.

Swiss Method

In the Swiss method, the sugar and eggs are heated over a double boiler while being stirred together continuously. It is then mixed using a mixer on a low setting until it cools and then whipped on a high setting until firm peaks form. This method is becoming more common in macaron baking classes because it produces strong meringues without the complicated steps of the Italian method.

3. Use Accurate Measurements

Every baking class and macaron workshop will tell you to always use accurate measurements when making macarons. Too much or too little of any particular ingredient can significantly alter your outcome. Always remember to check your ingredients, properly measure them out with a scale and measuring utensils, and follow the recipe steps in the exact order.

4. Use Double Baking Trays

A useful tip taught in workshops and baking classes to avoid hollow macaron shells is to use double baking trays. Preheat an empty baking tray in the oven. Afterward, place your baking tray with macarons on top of the preheated empty tray and place it in the oven. This will help to make sure the heat is distributed evenly across your macarons, helping to avoid hollow shells.

5. Go All Out with Decorations

Being able to decorate your macarons however you want to is a huge part of the baking experience. There's nothing more rewarding than baking macarons that both taste and look heavenly.

One way to decorate your macarons is by using gel food colouring to turn them into your desired colour. Mix the gel food colouring into your stiff egg white mixture and watch it slowly take on the colour. Couple it with some edible colouring paint and you can get some quirky and interesting designs like Corgi Deco Macarons or Disney Italian Macarons made in our baking classes here at Baker’s Brew!

Remember that Practice Makes Perfect

Even the greatest bakers in the world started out as complete beginners at some point. So don’t feel discouraged after your first failed attempt at baking macarons. 

Attending one of our baking classes in Singapore or baking courses for beginners can help give you the baking know-how and confidence to absolutely nail baking macarons. We also offer classes on baking fundamentals, baking artisan breads, and assorted chocolate techniques! Take a look at our baking class schedules and start your baking journey with us.

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Celebrate Employee Appreciation Day with Team building Baking Classes

Mon, 2023-01-16

Set to be held on the 3rd of March this year, Employee Appreciation Day is an annual event dedicated to recognising and appreciating the hard work and countless achievements of all employees. Typically celebrated on the first Friday in March, this yearly celebration acts as the perfect opportunity for employers to show their staff how valued they are in the organisation. 

On Employee Appreciation Day, it is common for businesses all over the world to recognise the individual efforts of their employees in various ways. Some of these meaningful gestures include rewarding their employees with unexpected gifts, hosting team activities, or going for a company-wide lunch — all of these are usually done in attempts to boost morale, and encourage further engagement and commitment. But what if we told you that there are more creative and fun ways to thank those who have played a crucial role in making your organisation successful? We’re talking about baking classes!

Private Baking Lessons as the Ultimate Team-Building Activity

Known as the process of building a team that is able to work collaboratively towards a common goal, team-building is an activity designed with a purpose in mind. And while some individuals might think that the act of forming bonds and connections with their colleagues is redundant given the professional nature of their work, the truth of the matter is that team building brings with it a stream of benefits. Some of these include increased communication and employee motivation — all of which have a positive impact on the business and organisation as a whole.

But what do cake baking and sifting flour have anything to do with developing skills like communication, problem-solving, and conflict resolution? 

As much as there are specific team-building activities designed to be a long-term solution in fostering genuine connections amongst workplace colleagues, we can’t deny that everyone needs to reboot once in a while. This is where courses like a 1-day baking class come into the picture.

Benefits of Booking Baking Courses for Yout Staff

While it might come as a surprise to many, enrolling your team in a private baking lesson might be one of the best team-building experiences. And in comparison to any of the other conventional team-building activities that are simply outdated and at times, uninspiring, fun team activities like baking will allow everyone to connect on a more genuine level. Here are some other reasons why you should throw away all your thoughts of planning a sophisticated Employee Appreciation Day celebration and sign your company up for a fun and thrilling baking course instead: 

1. Encourages Teamwork

Rather than seeing corporate baking classes as a desperate attempt to break free from the standard team-bonding cliches, why not shift your perspective and see what it has to offer? For one, baking, by nature, is a very practical and hands-on activity. Therefore, with the high levels of coordination required to produce the best results, it is inevitable that your employees and colleagues work together. By performing different tasks to get to the finishing point, good teamwork will be fostered and they will not only be able to leave the baking course with sweet treats but also with a closer-knit team at the end of the day.

2. Boosts Social Interaction

They say teamwork makes the dream work — but that’s only possible with clear communication. Encouraging your team to work and communicate with each other, baking classes act as the ideal ingredient to build successful workplace relationships. Moreover, these courses will efficiently break down barriers since ranks and departments will not matter when it comes to your batter rising in the oven.

3. Provides an Opportunity to Learn Something New

Unlike other team-building activities that only act as a conduit for employees to socialise and befriend each other at face value, enrolling them in a baking course will equip your staff with a life skill that they will come to appreciate in due time. Now, just imagine your entire team signing up for our Shio Pan Trio 3 baking class and a week later, you’re back at the office and you find a fresh batch because your colleagues have learnt all the secrets of baking this popular Japanese snack from Baker’s Brew expert coaches. 

Book a Private Baking Class in Singapore Today

Motivating teams and cajoling some of the most reluctant team members might be an issue of the past if you plan on engaging and bringing out their best with the baking classes in Singapore. Be it a cake baking class or a macaron baking course, baking classes are one of the most creative ways to not only have a fun and energetic team-building experience but also allow your employees to create culinary masterpieces. And of course, as they discover their passion for baking and unearth any hidden talents, the opportunity that you have presented to them will serve as the most memorable Employee Appreciation Day gift. So don’t wait any longer — plan for an epic Employee Appreciation Day celebration by signing up for a private baking lesson and be prepared when the 3rd of March comes around!

Browse our list of baking courses and enrol yourself and your team for your preferred private baking classes in Singapore. From baking courses for beginners to baking classes curated especially for businesses, we at Baker’s Brew offer them all! What are you waiting for? Join us today!

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4 Benefits of Taking Private Baking Classes

Wed, 2023-02-01

Have you ever wanted to learn how to bake? Do you already have the basic skills required to whip up a cake but are now looking to take those skills up a notch? There is no denying that taking baking classes in Singapore is the ultimate answer to these woes of yours. But what if you are looking to embark on this baking journey with your friends and family or even your colleagues? This is where private baking lessons come into the picture and acts as an excellent way to hone in on your baking talents but also be a great way to bond and spend quality time together with those who matter. Providing you with an opportunity to learn a new skill and create something delicious, private baking lessons are the perfect way to encourage collaboration and foster a sense of camaraderie within the group in a fun and interactive way. From learning the proper baking techniques from professionals who have been in the game for years to gaining confidence in the kitchen, we explore four other key benefits of enrolling in private baking classes.

1. Learn at Your Own Pace

Cookie-cutter classes don’t work for everyone — and this is especially so when you’re partaking in a class with your friends and family, where you’re bound to have more fun. Whether you find it funny that your colleague is taking a tad bit too long to figure out how to work the equipment or you simply feel uncomfortable with your bonding time disrupting the serious focus of other students in a generic group baking class, private baking lessons allow you to go at your own pace while still have the time of your life. 

At Baker’s Brew, our professional instructors also know that some people need more time to understand the basics before they move on to more complex tasks. As such, our instructors will also provide you with useful feedback as needed so that you can stay on track and reach your goals faster. 

2. Received Personalised Instructions

When one takes on lessons and courses to master a certain craft, more often than not, one of the main reasons many opt for private lessons is due to the personalised attention they’ll get from the instructors. Have a little one that is all for baking a Banana Bonanza Swiss Roll due to its cute motifs? Perhaps you and the girls are preparing for an epic hen’s night party and want Gemstone Cookies adorning the dessert table? Not only can you choose from an entire list of baking classes and learn how to bake these yummy treats during a private baking lesson but you will also receive personalised instructions tailored to your needs and goals.

3. Get Creative with Your Team

Once you’ve mastered basic baking techniques, the world is your oyster! And believe it or not, baking actually stimulates creativity and helps you innovate. While it is common for many to assume that baking is a tiresome chore that is filled with endless baking trays and pans to wash and is all but dealing with the aftermath of a baking disaster, this is simply not the case with private baking lessons

Providing you with a conduit to play around with different ingredients and bake anything under our baking class listing, our private lessons set the perfect stage to use your skills and imagination to create something mouth-watering and eye-pleasing. Go crazy with cake decorating classes like our Mother’s Day Floral Garden Cake course with your siblings and be ready when the 14th of May comes around. Or if you and an entourage of bridesmaids who are already skilled at baking have been tasked by the bride-to-be to whip up a stunning cake for her big day, then you can also consider our Bronzed Sail Watercolour Cake (Advanced Cake) class.

4. Have Fun without Judgement

There is no denying that stress can affect anyone. Be it due to the pressure of ensuring everything is perfect before your wedding or issues at work, it can take a toll on your well-being. While being overwhelmed by stress is often unavoidable in most circumstances, there are many ways to manage it effectively and give yourself some much-needed space to breathe and relax — one of them being enrolling yourself in private baking classes with those who matter. After all, the last thing you’d want is to feel stressed about the mistakes you might be making or interrupt others in a group baking class with all the fun you’re having.

Prefer to master the art of baking from the comfort of your home or even your well-equipped office space? You can still gain all the knowledge from our professional baking instructions through your mobile phone or laptop with our online baking classes for adults. Taking private baking classes will undoubtedly be enjoyable so don’t forget to embrace your inner baker and have some fun along the way! 

Book a Private Baking Class in Singapore Today

Learning how to bake does not have to be overwhelming — with private baking lessons, anyone can become an expert baker in no time! By receiving personalised instructions from an experienced professional baker, you, your family, friends, and colleagues will gain valuable insight into all aspects of the craft while developing important culinary skills along the way. So don't wait any longer — sign up for a private baking lesson today and start making delicious treats tomorrow! 

Browse our list of baking classes and enrol in your preferred private baking lesson or online baking class in Singapore. From baking courses for beginners to baking lessons for experienced bakers, we offer them all! What are you waiting for? Join us today!

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