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EASY RECIPE FOR THE WEEK – RED VELVET CUPCAKES

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Christmas is fast approaching, and what better way to welcome the Yuletide season than with the creation of one of the season’s favorites. Here is an easy recipe for the ever-popular red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour – sifted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 oz. red food coloring (two bottles)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup refined sugar ( you can use 1 cup packed brown sugar if you want that molasses taste or you can use half white and half brown)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar

PROCEDURE:

  1. Preheat your home or bakery oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Next, place cupcake liners in two 12-cup muffin or cupcake tins. You can also use silicone pans for this.
  3. In a big bowl, sift together your pre-sifted cake flour and baking powder. Set aside.
  4. In a cup or mug, you should then mix your red food coloring with the cocoa powder. Make sure it forms a thin paste without lumps. Set aside.
  5. Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer (whichever you have), cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Beat in vanilla and then drizzle in the red cocoa paste. Scrape down the bowl with a spatula as you go.
  6. Add a third of your sifted flour mixture to your butter and egg mixture. Beat well. Add in half of your buttermilk. Continue with this ratio of adding in flour and milk until you’ve added all of these in. Beat only until all ingredients are incorporated.
  7. In another cup or mug, take your white vinegar and dissolve the salt and baking soda in it. Add this to your batter.
  8. With the use of a pitcher, fill your prepared cupcake tins with batter up to 3/4 full. Tap each tin lightly (once or twice will do) on your counter to even out the batter and remove any air pockets.
  9. Place your cupcake tins in your preheated home or bakery oven and bake for 18 to 20 minutes. To ensure even baking, rotate your cupcake pans midway through the baking process.
  10. Your cupcakes will be done when these retain their dome shape after patting the tops lightly with your finger.
  11. Remove from the oven and cool on a cooling rack. Cool thoroughly before icing.

Cream Cheese Icing

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups cream cheese
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

PROCEDURE:

  1. Make sure that your butter and cream cheese are at room temperature to ensure that these are soft enough for mixing.
  2. Cream your butter first in your mixer, until light and fluffy.
  3. Add your cream cheese and make sure that you also beat the mixture until fluffy.
  4. Add the powdered sugar in one cup at a time, until you get the desired consistency. (You can increase or decrease the amount of sugar, depending on the consistency of your icing).
  5. Add in the vanilla extract.
  6. Use to ice your red velvet cupcakes.
  7. This frosting can be kept in your fridge for around a week, as long as it is in a sealed, airtight container. To reuse, simply get back to room temperature and beat until the icing is fluffy again.
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BAKING TIP OF THE WEEK – HOW TO CLEAN YOUR HOME OR BAKERY OVEN

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Whether you have a home oven or a bakery oven, one of the things that you need to do in order to properly maintain these is to clean it regularly. Some of the things you need to remove from these include grease, grime, burnt batter, and the like. Some of these need to be removed with the help of scraping tools, like a metal spatula or even a dough cutter.

Sometimes this particular step ends ups scratching your oven’s inner surfaces. In order to avoid needing to exert too much effort in removing burnt objects from within your oven, and to effectively clean your home or bakery oven without having to resort to using harsh commercial cleaners, here are cleaning steps that may prove rather useful.

  • Before cleaning your oven, turn off the fuel or power source. This ensures that you will be safely cleaning this appliance without fear of electrocution or gassing yourself.
  • To effectively clean all the inner surfaces of your oven, you will need to remove all the racks inside. Soak all your racks in a shallow tub with a mixture of baking soda, vinegar and some water.
  • Next, you need to create your home-made cleaning agent. Make a paste using a half cup of baking soda and some water. Start by putting the soda in a bowl, then slowly adding water in by the spoonful until you get a thin paste consistency.
  • With the use of gloves, spread this paste evenly all over your oven’s interior. You can also coat the inside of the glass with this paste. Don’t apply this paste on the heating elements or on the gas outlets. Make sure that you coat all possible surfaces with this paste. You will notice that the once-white paste will turn gray or brown. This is natural since it is reacting with the dirt found in your oven.
  • Leave your home or bakery oven this way, allowing the baking soda to do its work overnight.
  • The following morning, take a spray bottle and put some vinegar in it. Spray all the areas of your oven that has the baking soda paste on it. You will see bubbles when you do this. Let the bubble fizz out first before you do the next step.
  • With a damp, clean piece of cloth (preferably a micro fiber cloth or a cotton rag), wipe down the inside of your oven. If some parts of your oven has dried-up, difficult to remove baking soda paste, you can use your spatula on this. You can also use your metal spatula to scrape off any burnt residue (burnt batter and other drippings that got burnt into your oven’s interior). These should be easier to remove since the baking soda paste and vinegar will have softened these.
  • Completely wipe down the inside with the cloth, rinsing and squeezing out excess water every time the rag gets really dirty. Once the inside is clean (this includes the tempered glass in front), let this dry with the oven door left open.
  • Next thing you need to do is to rinse the baking racks that you soaked in vinegar and baking soda mixture. Gently scrub these down with the use of a dishwashing sponge made specifically for Teflon pans. After removing any hard dirt on these racks, wash these down with clean water and wipe dry with a clean, dry cotton rag or cloth.
  • Replace the racks in the oven and voila! You now have a clean, and deodorized home or bakery oven, ready for use.
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BAKETECH IS FINALLY ON TWITTER AND PINTEREST

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We are finally expanding our social reach by creating our own Twitter and Pinterest accounts! Follow us on Twitter today and get updates as soon as we tweet about them. Visit our Pinterest page as well. We will update both social sites within the week to carry more interesting pins, pictures, tweets, and links that will prove useful to everyone. Thanks!

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EASY RECIPE OF THE WEEK – CHOCO CHIP CASHEW COOKIES

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
    · 3/4 cup white sugar
    ·         3/4 cup packed brown sugar
    ·         2 eggs, room temperature
    ·         2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    ·         3 cups all-purpose flour
    ·         1 teaspoon baking soda
    ·         2 teaspoons hot water
    ·         1/2 teaspoon salt
    ·         1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
    ·         1 cup chopped cashew nuts

PROCEDURE:

  1. Preheat home or bakery oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
    2. Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth.
    3.   Beat in the eggs one at a time, and then stir in the vanilla.
    4.   Dissolve baking soda in hot water.
    5.   Add to batter along with salt. (You can also choose to dissolve the salt in the hot water together with the baking soda.)
    6.   Stir in flour, chocolate chips, and nuts.
    7.   Drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased but parchment lined pans.
    8.   Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned.
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BAKING TIP FOR THE WEEK – 5 TIPS AND TRICKS TO BAKING FLAWLESS CAKES

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One of the things most people who love to bake strive for is the creation of cakes that do not only taste good, but look good as well. In order for this to happen, there are some rules that need to be followed. While the general rule of measuring things accurately is easy enough to remember, there are actually a few other dos and don’ts that people may not be privy to. To help you create some of the best cakes you ever baked, here are some tips that may prove helpful.

  • Never make your batter with the use of cold eggs – while keeping your eggs in the refrigerator is the norm (essentially to keep these fresher for longer), it is not a good idea for you to grab a cold egg from the fridge right before making your cake batter. Allow your eggs to reach room temperature before adding these to your batter to help these to emulsify better during the mixing process.
  • Butter your pans with a pastry brush – some people actually use their fingertips to do this, however this practice can lead to uneven buttering of baking pans. In order to ensure that your pans are buttered evenly, a pastry brush should definitely be used.
  • Do not pack the flour into your measuring cups – yes you pack brown sugar into these cups when measuring them, but flour is a different story. In order to get the right amount of flour into your batter, spoon this into your measuring cup until it forms a mound, then with a spatula or the dull side of a knife, level off the top of the cup to give yourself the accurate amount of flour needed for your batter.
  • Make sure your baking pans are properly centered when baking – another thing some people tend to forget is that if you want your cake to cook evenly, you should always place your pan in the middle of your home or bakery oven. This will allow the heat to cook the cake as evenly as possible. If you are putting two pans into your oven, place these on two different racks, with each pan offsetting the other by a few inches, to help the hot air to circulate properly and to make your cakes cook evenly.
  • Rotate your pans two-thirds into the baking time – another way to ensure that your cake bakes as evenly as possible, is to rotate these once the cakes are set enough. This should be done around two-thirds of the way into your baking time. Do not rotate your cakes when the batter is not yet set since this will only make your cake collapse.
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BBAKETECH SEMINAR SERIES: OPENING SALVO A RESOUNDING SUCCESS, PROMPTS A SECOND ROUND

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The seminar series was announced a few weeks before it was slated to begin, and the response that the company got when registrants were asked to sign up proved to be rather overwhelming. With only 10 participants allowed for each day, and with a total of 6 days set for such an event, the 60 slots were filled quickly. It was then not surprising that requests for more seminar days be added.

Before any new dates were set however, the first hurdle of running a smooth and successful first round was the primary concern. A couple of nights before the first day of the lecture series, Chef Jed had a run through with some of BakeTech Solutions’ personnel and head honchos in the room. Then the fateful day dawned. On Oct. 6, 2014, the first free baking basics seminar was launched…and it was a resounding success!

On the second day, and with numerous requests for more free seminar slots coming in via the company’s Facebook Page, it was then decided that another wave of lectures be held the following week. And so, the second round of Baking Basics 101 lectures were rolled out and announced to one and all. As expected, if the first seminar was to be any indicator, the slots for the next five days soon filled up pretty fast.

The second round of lectures for the module “BASIC BAKING 101: LEARN THE BASICS OF PROPER BAKING” is slated to begin on the 13th of October and will run until the 17th,  giving another 50 individuals the chance to learn the rudiments of certain breads like ensaymada, Spanish bread, pan de coco, pan de sal, cheese bread, and cheese roll. They will also enjoy the fruits of their labor with the free samples that they can taste as well as bring home afterwards.

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EASY RECIPE OF THE WEEK – BANANA – CHOCOLATE CHIP CUPCAKES

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup butter (or margarine)
    · 1/2 cup white sugar and 1/2 cup brown sugar
    ·         1 egg
    ·         1 cup mashed ripe bananas
    ·         1 cup chocolate chips
    ·         1 tsp. Baking soda
    ·         1 tbsp. warm water
    ·         1 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
    ·         1 tsp. vanilla
    ·         1 tsp. Baking powder
    ·         1 tsp salt

PROCEDURE:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cream butter and add both brown and white sugar.
  3. Dissolve 1 teaspoon soda and 1 teaspoon salt in 1 tablespoon warm water, and then add this to your one cup mashed bananas. Add this to the creamed butter mixture.
  4. Add egg and beat at low speed.
  5. Still at low speed, beat in vanilla. Then stir in chocolate chips.
  6. In a separate bowl, sift together flour and baking powder. Add this to your creamed mixture at low speed until fully incorporated.
  7. Line your cupcake pans with paper cupcake liners. This keeps your cupcakes moist.
  8. Using an ice-cream scoop, put even amounts of batter into each paper liner, making sure these fill up 2/3 of the way.
  9. Once all liners are full, bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes.
  10. Remove cupcakes from oven once these are done, and cool. Top with your favorite icing, or serve as is.
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BAKETECH SOLUTIONS WEBSITE GOES LIVE!

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On the 23rd of September, Baketech Solutions officially launched its online portal. The Baketech Solutions website is another innovation that the company decided to push forward with to not only give people easy access to their catalogs, but to also give customers a convenient avenue for finding what they need, and for ordering.

The website features a number of easy to navigate pages that include different categories for your bakery and food creation needs. The products that the company sells are categorized according to product type to make it simpler to navigate through. Products, equipment, and other items you may need can be found in three main categories, namely the bakery equipment, commercial food equipment, and stainless steel kitchen equipment categories.

Simply click on the category you are interested in and you will find yourself looking at the various products that are ideal for that particular category. You can then choose what you want from the selection and click on the “Inquire Now” button to find out how to purchase the item you are interested in. You can also see on each product page whether an item is in stock or not.

You can also ask questions regarding products that you want to have the company customize for you but cannot find on the site. Just fill out the form on the Contact Us page, and write down your query or concern, and an able and knowledgeable customer service representative will get back to you as soon as possible. You will also find addresses and contact numbers on this page, should you wish to make your inquiries via the phone or in person.

Aside from the ease of navigation, the site also offers information on seminars and training sessions that Baketech Solutions offers for free! Simply visit the site’s Seminars page and check when the next series of training modules will be. If you are in luck and a seminar is planned on a date that you can fit into your schedule, simply click on it, and choose the date you want to join in.

You will also find the site has a blog that will feature tips and tricks that may prove useful to you, as well as a news portal that will keep you up-to-date to the latest developments of the company, be it a new branch opening, new equipment, and even promotions. The site is geared towards making things more accessible to you, and to help you find what your business needs with a simple click of your mouse button.

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