Baking during the holidays is a great way to bring family and friends together. Whether you're trying out a new recipe or following old traditions, there are plenty of ways to elevate your holiday baking! Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Dalina Soto based in the US shares some better baking tips below that every host needs to know this holiday season.
1. Keep Your Workspace Clean and Organised
Before you begin baking your holiday creations, make sure to clean your workspace to avoid any cross-contamination. Having an organised workspace can also shorten your time spent baking, from prep to plating. By arranging all ingredients before you begin baking, everything will be within reach right when you need it.
2. Test Baking Soda and Baking Powder
Believe it or not, your baking powder and baking soda do have a shelf life! If they are expired, you won't get the typical rise and lift on your baked goods. To test for freshness, pour a teaspoon of baking powder into a cup of hot water and a quarter teaspoon of baking soda into two tablespoons of vinegar. If both mixtures bubble, let the baking commence!
3. Reduce Oil Measurements
Oil is a common ingredient in baking as it ensures your baked goods will be moist, soft and delicious! However, there are ways to reduce the fat content without taking away from the integrity of your recipe. Soto recommends using plain yogurt or fruit purees such as applesauce and mashed bananas as a replacement. Making this simple change can lessen the amount of saturated fat in your recipes and will be just as delicious!
4. Practice a Healthy Balance
During the holidays, there's an abundance of sweet treats and delicious foods. While you should enjoy these foods with friends and family, try to maintain balance by drinking enough water to stay hydrated and incorporate fiber and nutrition with fruits, vegetables and healthy fats.
5. Use High-Quality Ingredients
To elevate your holiday baking creations even more, Soto stresses the importance of using high-quality ingredients to ensure your meals are delicious and nutritious.-BPT