baking tips

How to Bake the Perfect Cookies

Baking is a science, and getting a perfect cookie isn’t always a guarantee. Sometimes it takes more than simply following the recipe to a “t” for the perfect cookie. 

Ready to learn how to maximize the benefits of that gorgeous double oven or range? Here are our tips from Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas on how to bake the perfect cookies:

 

1.    Start with High Quality Ingredients

This is a must with any baking or cooking, but definitely applies to cookies. If you want great cookies, then you’re going to need to start with high quality butter, flour, and vanilla. Don’t ever substitute imitation vanilla extract for the pure vanilla extract; you’ll regret it.

 

2.    Rotate the Pan

When baking cookies, it’s important to get even temperatures throughout the oven so that all cookies cook perfectly. This is easily done with a convection oven, but if that isn’t available, then rotate your plan halfway through cooking.

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3.    Measure Correctly

Did you know that there are specific measuring cups for measuring wet and dry ingredients? If you’re using a glass or plastic measuring cup with a spout, then this is for liquids; straight edged metal or plastic measuring cups are for dry ingredients. Using the wrong one could mean you’re adding the wrong amount of ingredients to the mixture – affecting the end result. 

 

4.    Don’t Over Mix

It’s easy to get carried away with your electric mixer, but resist the urge to over mix the batter. At each step, mix just enough to mix ingredients thoroughly. Over mixing introduces too much air into the batter, resulting in super flat cookies that spread more than they rise. 

 

Hopefully these tips will get you on the way to baking the perfect cookies! If you suspect any issues with your oven and need oven repair in Plano, Texas, give us a call at Appliance Rescue Service. Our team specializes in the repair and maintenance of double wall ovens, single wall ovens, and ranges of all sizes. Let us get you back to baking with ease in no time! 

Bake to Perfection: 5 Oven Tips to Maximize Performance

It’s baking season!

 

Whether you’re baking Christmas cookies with the family or making batches of fresh bread or other goodies as gifts, it’s important that your oven performance is at its peak!

 

Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas knows a thing or two about optimizing oven performance and what makes them tick. Follow these 5 tips to maximize your oven’s performance this holiday season:

 

1.   Preheating is Not Optional

Chefs cringe when people tell them that they don’t wait for the oven to preheat before beginning to bake. A standard preheat cycle takes about 10-15 minutes – depending on the preheat temperature – and starting your food at the wrong temperature can undercook or overcook parts of the dish, depending on the recipe. Waiting for the optimal oven temperature allows your food to cook and crisp to perfection.

 

2.   Do Not Open the Oven Door

Oh it’s so tempting! You just want to peek into the oven and make sure everything looks right. Opening and closing the oven door lets out heat, changing the temperature of the oven – even if the temperature gauge doesn’t say so.

 

3.   Give Yourself an Extra 15 Minutes of Preheat Time

Did you know that it can help baked dishes cook perfectly if you give yourself an extra 15 minutes of preheat time? Run the initial preheat, then wait a little longer to pop in your food. This ensures the proper temp has been fully reached before beginning to cook.

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4.   Optimize Rack Positioning

Oven racks generally need to be in the center of the oven, but follow instructions per your recipe on whether you need them a little higher or lower.

 

5.   Do Not Put Aluminum Foil in the Bottom of the Oven

Some people recommend putting aluminum foil in the bottom of the oven to catch overflow and spills, but don’t! It can actually cause more damage than good to your oven and its components. Plus – it voids most manufacturer warranties.

 

Need oven repair before the holidays? Call Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas for all your Dallas oven repair needs!