Baking with friends is one of my favourite holiday activities, but cooking in someone else's home can put me slightly out of sorts. Not only are other people distracting, but I don't quite trust the measuring cups of others. Luckily, there is an elegant solution: Pre-measure your ingredients beforehand in your kitchen.
Photo by Vicky Wasik.
This tip is part of Stella Park's brilliant guide to making a veritable ton of cookies, and it's going to change my baking party game. Basically, you're making your own cookie "mix" by whisking all of your dry ingredients together ahead of time. Whenever you're ready to bake, just dump it in a bowl, add in your butter and eggs or whatever and relax. As someone who can get a little particular about her kitchen tools, pre-measuring my flour, sugar and leavening ingredients (with a scale I can trust) quells a lot of my baking-on-the-go anxiety. In addition to baking in a foreign kitchen, Parks points out that this is also a good plan if you're going to be baking with children, who have the ability to distract you from whether or not you added the salt.
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