Should You Try Making These Well-Loved Baked Goods?

It’s always a point of pride to be able to make your favourite baked goods. And cheaper too!
 
You get to have access to them whenever you want without having to go out and buy them. So when you want to make sure that you don’t have to pay extra for your beloved treats, what do you do?
 
Research online for the very best recipes of course! But when you try making it, it might fail or at least it doesn’t come out the way it should.
 

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So before you head off on your quest to master the perfect recipe for your desserts, you should at least know what you’re getting yourself into.
 

1. Brownies

Difficulty Level: Low
Length of Time to Make: Average
 
The superior cousin to chocolate cake, brownies are dense and rich in cocoa. It is also ideally, fudgey in texture with a thin crust to make the outside crunchy.
 
Brownies are absolutely delicious served warm as it sinks down your belly like a hug from the inside. It’s no wonder why brownies are one of the foods people think of when considering comfort food!
 

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Pair it with some ice cream and it’s a simple but heaven sent flavour. Homely as it is you may have to do a few trial runs with different recipes to get the fudgey texture down pat.
 
But don’t be discouraged! Just treat it like chocolate cake until you’ve found the ultimate brownie recipe for you
 

2. Macarons

Difficulty Level: High
Length of Time to Make: Long
 
Macarons are absolutely adored for the vibrant colours that they can take on. They can also come in many different flavours as well like passion fruit, coffee and chocolate.
 


Unfortunately, macarons are one of those minefield recipes, where almost everything and anything can go wrong at every step. One of the hardest steps is the baking and drying process where the macarons need to be cooked but not burned, crispy but not stale.
 
Even when colouring the macaron paste, if you baked it wrong, the colouring will come out differently. Thankfully we offer macaron classes to you, the frustrated baker!
 

3. Mille crepe

Difficulty Level: Low
 
Length of Time to Make: Long, but depends on how many layers you want to make.
 
A relatively new celebrated dessert, the mille crepe is a type of cake that has only recently been popping up in dessert stores everywhere.
 
The name “mille crepe” is French for “a thousand crepes”. However, these cakes usually only have between 30 to 100 layers of crepes.

 
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It’s usually considered light and airy because of the fluffy soft crepe layers. However, it also depends on the type of filling you use. While whipped cream will give you that airy texture because of all the integrated air in it, if you were to use something like cream cheese frosting, your mille crepe would be denser.
 
There are some minor challenges in making a crepe cake. You would need to make sure that the thickness of the crepes are as similar as possible without burning or undercooking them. The filling would also need to be spread as evenly as possible between each layer to make sure that there is an even texture for a pleasant mouth-feel.
 

4. Croissants

Difficulty Level: Medium
Length of Time to Make: Long
 
Bread is one of the most beloved forms of carbohydrates and croissants are one of the more special types of buns that you can get ahold of easily.
 
Croissants are famous for their airy puff-like texture and buttery melt-in-your-mouth flavour. This is because they rise due to the air pockets trapped inside while they are being made. If you’d like to know more about how cakes and breads rise, read our article here.
 

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They are made by folding dough with butter in between and if you’ve ever kneaded dough before, you would know that your arms would already be exhausted even before the folding process. Besides that, you would have to keep placing it back in the fridge during the layering process before the butter melts because it’s meant to be cold at all times.
 

5. Doughnuts

Difficulty Level: Easy
Length of Time to Make: Average
 
There are plenty of doughnut stores that can be found in shopping malls or even grocery stores. They’re easy to get and relatively cheap but wouldn’t it taste even better when you’ve made it yourself?
 
After all, as with all pastries, they’re best eaten fresh!
 
While fried doughnuts are the most preferred type of doughnuts, you can also try making baked doughnuts instead. In fact, there are plenty of other fried foods that you can bake as well if you’re looking to improve your diet.
 

Both kinds of doughnuts are relatively simple to make. You can use your hands to knead or use an electric mixer. Shape them and leave to rise before frying or baking. You can also decorate them if you wish, we even have a class to teach you how to make Unicorn Doughnuts.
 


As you might have noticed, we would never want to tell an aspiring baker to not try out creating their heart’s desires. Just be prepared for what is required in making authentic recipes.
 
Quality takes time and effort.
 
If you are the kind of person that would like some guidance through making complicated recipes, we have a suggestion for you! Join one or more of our several baking classes that change every 2-3 months to keep fresh and trendy, so you’ll always know that we can teach you recipes that will catch people’s eyes.

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