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4 Ways Summer Weather Affects Baking

Summertime is here. Not a grill master? That’s OK! We prefer the kitchen, too! Baking is a fun activity you can enjoy year-round. Ever wondered why your favorite baked snack never comes out quite right during the summer months, though? It’s because whipping up your favorite sweet treats when the heat and humidity are in full force requires a few adjustments.  

Bake at night 
When baking during the spring, winter and fall, you may not notice how much your oven heats up your home. But come July and August, it’s hard to miss. If possible, do your baking in the evening. It will allow your baked goods to cool quickly when you pull them out of the oven and keep you from breaking a sweat in a hot kitchen. Cakes, especially, can become dry if they are too hot for too long.  

Shade over sunlight (say no to the fridge!)
When you are finished with your masterpiece, you want to show it off! Pay close attention to where you leave it, though. If serving your dish outdoors, shade is better than sunlight when it comes to baked goods. Keeping these sweet treats cool and fresh will also keep guests’ fingers from becoming sticky from melted icing or candy pieces. We even recommend putting a small fan next the table to keep it from being affected by the heat.   I’m sure you’re wondering why you can’t simply put your sweets in the fridge. Avoid this at all costs as the fridge can cause your goodies to dry out and become stale quickly.  

Butter! Butter! Butter!
At Frost, our frosting recipe is always butter-based. However when it comes to cooking at home, there are two ways to ensure your frosting stands the test of time. First, cool your baked goods completely before you apply the sugary goodness to the top. Second, use a shortening-based frosting instead of butter. This will result in a more stable frosting that is likely to hold up better in a warm environment.   

Butter temperature
We’ve all done it. We set the butter on the counter to allow it to get to room temperature, and the next thing we know, it’s liquid. Monitoring your butter temperature is very important, especially when making cookie dough. If it’s too soft or melted, the dough will be less dense than what your recipe normally produces. If necessary, chill your dough before spooning it onto your baking sheet.  

We hope these tips help you through the summer baking months! Have any tips of your own? Share in the comments below.

Posted by Bill Kloos Sr at 11:06 AM

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