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Staying organised when baking

Jars are the key to a happy kitchen.

They keep everything organised, fresh and reduce clutter. How many times have you reached up to get ingredients from the top shelf and an avalanche of open flour diffuses itself into all the fragments in your kitchen? Too many times, that’s how many! Prevent this unanticipated occurrence for once and for all by purchasing some jars to keep all in check in your home. Check out IKEA for reasonably priced and efficient jars to pack out your cupboards or shelves.

Tip: Jazz up your jars by attaching tags and string or use a label maker to name the contents of each jar to give them a quirky edge, along with remembering what you put in there. Hobbycraft provide these reusable chalkboard labels so that you can easily change the contents of the jar.

Cookies at-the-ready jars

As a cute gift, emergency sugar fix, or a way of using the leftovers from the last batch – these layered cookie jars will always have a use.

You will need a jar of your choice of a reasonable size to fit all the dry ingredients in to.

Click here for our jar recommendation from The Range at only £2.47.

 

Dry ingredients for the jar:

-210g plain flour

-3/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda

-100g caster sugar

-340g plain chocolate chips

-110g dark brown sugar

All you need to do is layer the dry ingredients one by one into the jar and secure it tight until it is ready to use! It is easy to do, looks great and is useful when you are ready to bake some cookies!

You could easily do this also with other simple baking recipes of your choice.

Wet ingredients needed for baking

-1 large egg

-3/4 tsp vanilla extract

-3/4 cup of butter

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees for a fan oven.
  2. Beat ¾ cup softened butter or margarine, 1 large egg and ¾ tsp vanilla extract until it is all blended well.
  3. Add the dry ingredients from the jar into the bowl and break up any clumps.
  4. Make small round balls and place on a greased baking tray
  5. Bake for around 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. When cooked, leave the cookies to cool
  7. Enjoy!

Another tip for keeping things uncluttered and organised is to make sure you do not have full packets building up in your cupboard. To avoid bulky packaging consuming space, use alternate containers to keep everything all in one place.

Coreco’s top baking tips:

Rachael: “I would say always have a cup of tea at hand, it’s very calming! Also, when cooking pastry, make sure it is not left in a warm room, then for dough, you want the opposite, a warm room is where it will thrive!”

Charlotte: “Make sure the cake you are decorating has already cooled otherwise the icing will melt!”

Aisling: “As much as I love the creative approach of “throw it in and pray”, weighing the ingredients before starting a recipe means you are one step closer to a perfect bake. Invest in a weighing scale, it’s worth it!”

For more baking tips check out Mary Berry’s tips and tricks here