Love baking? Here are 5 things you need to know to be an expert baker

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First Published 11, Mar 2019, 12:48 PM IST
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Love baking? Here are 5 things you need to know to be an expert baker
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Like fashion, baking also explores, reinvents, and re-imagines possibilities. From brown butter to less artificial colours and more, here are the top baking trends to watch out for, courtesy pastry chef Eureka from Academy of Pastry Arts.

New Delhi: If you have always wanted to own your little patisserie, 2019 may just be the year to make your dream come true. Just like fashion, culinary trends also change with time. Chef Eureka, Academy of Pastry Arts says, "This year holds tremendous promise among bakers most of who are very gregarious and like to share recipes with each other to pave the culinary road ahead. There is some agreement about what delectable treats await lovers of baked foods in 2019." 

So, check out the the few techniques and ingredients that chefs are experimenting with this season.

Brown Butter

Brown butter or Noisette butter is quite popular among chefs who bake spicy or salty food and is also gaining popularity among chefs who bake sweet delicacies as well. Expect more baked foods to be made using brown butter in 2019. Be on the lookout for cinnamon scones made using brown
butter that are slathered in brown butter cream cheese. A new dessert, like cinnamon scones will be more likely to be found in your favourite bistro or upmarket bakery than elsewhere.

Less artificial, more natural colours 


Many baked foods today are finished using artificial colours. Certainly, the rich chocolate cake served at the local bakery has some, if not a lot of artificial colouring. However in 2019, many bakers are choosing to avoid using artificial colours in favour of natural colours extracted from fruits, vegetables, and other plants. Not only do natural colours enhance the appearance of finished baked foods, but they also enrich its taste. Baked food made with naturally extracted colours is also healthier to eat.

Quirky is in, perfect is out


Picture perfect baked foods like decorated chocolate cakes and pastries sometimes look too good to eat. To some cutting the first slice of a perfect looking chocolate cake can be heartbreaking; “the cake looked so perfect before it was eaten” some may think. This among other reasons is why baking
good food in 2019 need not be taken so seriously. Cakes need not look like perfect sculptures once they are finished, in fact, it's better if they don't and instead look offbeat and have a quirky shape.Baking is supposed to be enjoyable as is eating baked food. Rather than focusing on the aesthetic
appearance of a cake or other baked foods, a greater emphasis will be placed on enjoying eating it instead.

Retro Baking

Just like in fashion, in baking sometimes older trends make a comeback too. This is likely to be the case in 2019 as well. Expect more nostalgic baked treats like tea cakes that were frequently served with tea a few decades ago. When searching for a good dessert at an upmarket bakery or bistro in
2019, expect to see scones on the menu.

Add a tangy touch to a sweet dessert

Finally in 2019 many sweet dishes will be accompanied by a tangy flavour. The tanginess that will sow into desserts will make the baked foods served in 2019 more elegant and fresh. Lovers of baked foods will be treated to flavours they’ve rarely tasted before. Expect extra tanginess to be added to
tarts and sour creams. Its only early January and the year is young. Among leading chefs the road ahead has been planned yet there may yet be surprises and detours in the year ahead. 

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