Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Maggie's Baking Tips

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Maggie's Baking Tips

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If there's anyone who can answer your curly baking questions, surely it's Maggie Beer, judge on The Great Australian Bake Off, author of many cookbooks and all-round Aussie food legend. Here are her tips on how to perfect your pastries, scones and cakes ahead of the Easter long weekend.

SCONE

It's important not to overwork the dough and to bring the mix together with something like a fine metal spoon, as over-mixing will result in tough scones.

Don't flatten the dough too much. Make sure it's at least 3cm high, flour the ring before cutting and don't twist the ring as that can cause them to rise unevenly.

SPONGE CAKE

Sometimes it's the simplest things and greasing, dusting with flour and then lining the cake tin with parchment paper saves ever having cake stuck to the bottom of the tin.

Every oven is different so keep notes for yourself to record timing on a recipe for next time. Generally speaking, you should turn out your cooked sponge on to a wire rack in the tin till it cools completely. …

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