Let’s face it, no matter how long we’ve been baking, whether we learned to measure in the palm of our hands from Grandma, or learned everything we know from online recipes, we all have room for improvement. So check out a few of these baking DIYs. Along with your set of Ohio State cookie cutters, or whichever college team your family roots for, you’ll look like a whiz in the kitchen and keep everyone wanting more.
Do-It-Yourself Powdered Sugar
Maybe it tastes better, maybe you want the satisfaction of saying, “I made it from scratch,” or maybe your significant other couldn’t find the powdered sugar section at Whole Foods. If you want to add a garnish to any dessert that dazzles the eyes and taste buds alike, whipping up a quick batch of homemade powdered sugar is easy.
Just take 1 cup of regular sugar, 1 teaspoon cornstarch, and toss them in the food processor. Blend until you have created a fine powder and sift through a mesh strainer. That was so easy the trouble maker that sat next to you in seventh grade home ec could do it!
Whipped Cream in a Jar
The smells are pouring out of your kitchen and people from all over are clamoring at the door to get a taste of what’s settling on the counter. Little Johnny even looks up from his iPhone and asks if you’ll be serving this creation with whipped cream. This is the first time you’ve seen his eyes looking at something other than a screen in days maybe weeks. Don’t panic!
Chill a mason jar in fridge. Once it’s nice and cold, fill it halfway with heavy cream, and add a teaspoon or two of that homemade powdered sugar. Now’s the fun part. Shake the jar for at least two minutes like you mean it. Little Johnny might even pause Minecraft to say thank you.
Buttermilk in a Jiffy
Seriously, who buys buttermilk anyway. Sure, you might use a little for a recipe here or there, but the rest just ends up lurking in the fridge waiting for the day, months from now, when you give it the “smell test” and just barely avoid passing out on the tile floor.
For a recipe that needs it now, just stir 1 cup of milk with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar. Let it sit for about 10 minutes at room temperature and you should see it begin to curdle and thicken a bit.
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