Top Holiday Baking Tips

 

The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year to be in the kitchen with loved ones of all ages. With the smell of freshly baked cookies in the air, and festive decorations around you, holiday baking will provide beautiful memories for years to come. The perks of having your kids involved in holiday baking will allow for quality family time, creating family traditions all the while satisfying your sweet tooth. You may be up to your elbows in flour, however, the laughs and tasty treats will make it worth your while.

Whether your little one is baking in the kitchen with grandma, or your sisters are having a friendly competition of cupcake decorating, holiday baking is a great time to involve all generations of your family. In addition to spending time with your entire family, it’s also a great opportunity to get together with friends you haven’t seen in a while. Host a brunch and include the kids by setting up a cookie decorating station. This way, you can catch up with friends while your kids are kept occupied!

We’ve put together a list of top tips to keep your holiday baking easy and stress free throughout the festive season.

Stock your pantry

It’s important to always have key ingredients on hand, no matter what you decide to bake. Having a pantry stocked with things like icing sugar, flour, butter, eggs, and maraschino cherries will save time when it comes to prepping for your holiday baking extravaganza, allowing more time for decorating with the kids.

Plan ahead

The holiday season is usually a busy one. Between the hustle and bustle of parties, shopping, and festive events, there isn’t much time in between for baking. You can plan ahead by pre-making cookie dough, as it keeps well in the freezer. Baking is best done when you are relaxed so you truly enjoy the experience. For those with busy schedules, this is a great way to save time, as all you need to do is roll, cut, bake, and decorate.

Top bakers’ secrets

In most baking recipes, one of the key ingredients tends to be butter. When it comes to butter, it’s important to have the right consistency. A tip is to leave butter out for one hour prior to starting your dessert. Keeping ingredients at room temperature, such as eggs, milk, and yogurt will result in adding more volume to the consistency of the recipe. You can take these ingredients out of the fridge 30 minutes before you incorporate them into your recipe. Another tip that may come as a surprise is a secret to moist cookies. Once cookies are baked and placed in a jar or air tight container, add in a piece of fresh bread. The cookies will absorb the moisture of the bread, leaving you with melt-in-your-mouth goodness.

Finding the perfect recipe

Get the kids involved by picking out holiday recipes in advance, and taking them shopping to gather cookie cutters and sprinkles. Platforms like Pinterest have a variety of simple and fun recipes. We’ve compiled an array of our favourite holiday baking recipes on our Holiday Baked Goods Pinterest board.

Decorating 101

Decorating holiday baked goods is a great way to showcase your creativity. From the classic colours of red and green to the whimsical holiday characters, there are endless options. An important tip to remember is to have the proper decorating supplies on hand, such as piping bags, tips, and couplers. Next, is adding colour to your icing. Gel food colouring is much more effective than liquid food colourings as they blend into the icing more consistently, creating an ideal texture to work with. You can find these products at shops like Michaels or Bulk Barn, as they have a variety of decorating tools and supplies.

Don’t forget the toppings. From mini christmas trees to red and green confetti, there are an abundance of colours and shapes when it comes to festive sprinkles, especially during the holiday season. You can even top with cherries,  crushed candy cane and a crowd-favourite: chocolate.

An array of flavours

The key to baking is to add in a splash of flavour in all recipes. Flavourings can completely change the way a recipe tastes, giving it that extra special “wow” moment. We recommend using LorAnn Oils found at Michaels. From fruity to nutty, this line has a variety of tasty options to try.

We hope you enjoy spending the holidays baking with your loved ones, creating memories, sharing laughs and enjoying your homemade tasty treats. At the Welcome Lodge, there are always freshly baked goods displayed in the kitchen, all year round, for everyone to enjoy. We love having fresh cookies and other desserts, that look and taste fantastic!

Be sure to stop by during our next open house to enjoy our favourite baked good for yourself!