BakeClub Blog

Baking thoughts, techniques and know-how from Anneka Manning

How to Measure Ingredients When Baking
16 Nov 2017 - Anneka Manning
You might get away with a dash of this and a handful of that when you cook soups, stir-fries, and roasts but baking success generally...
Top 5 Things To Do Before You Start To Bake
08 Nov 2017 - Anneka Manning
It’s tempting to jump straight into a recipe, but getting organised before you start can often dictate whether a baking experience will be painful or...
What makes a good recipe?
26 Oct 2017 - Anneka Manning
Using a bad recipe is a mistake often made by home cooks. Once you know how to spot the difference between a good and bad...
Simplicity - the key to baking success?
18 Oct 2017 - Anneka Manning
We all want to impress. We want to bake something fabulous, something that everybody will love. However, fabulous doesn’t have to mean complicated. Choosing a simple...
Why do you need to preheat your oven?
09 Oct 2017 - Anneka Manning
When teaching people to bake I often get asked “is it really that important to preheat your oven?” The simple answer is YES! Preheating your...
Tips & tricks on making your own sourdough bread
15 Sep 2017 - Anneka Manning
Everything you need to know about how to make and bake your own sourdough bread. A straightforward primer to help beginner bakers find their sourdough...
How to feed, maintain, store and use your sourdough starter
15 Sep 2017 - Anneka Manning
A practical, step-by-step guide with tips, tricks and timelines on how to make, feed, maintain and use your sourdough starter.  What is a sourdough starter?...
True confessions of a sourdough tragic
15 Sep 2017 - Anneka Manning
I confess. I am a sourdough tragic. I am obsessed with creating the ultimate sourdough, and I have devoted years to reading endless articles and...
Why is it best to use fresh eggs at room temperature when making a sponge cake?
19 May 2015 - Anneka Manning
When making a sponge cake eggs are whisked with sugar to increase their volume and lighten them, resulting in the characteristic fine crumb and light...
Q & A - The secret to a good cupcake
08 May 2015 - Anneka Manning
Q: I love to cook and bake, but I never have very good results with cupcakes. The smaller I make them (for the grandchildren), the drier they...
Top Tips for Healthy Kids' Lunch Boxes
21 Jan 2015 - Anneka Manning
Whilst it can often seem such a chore to pack healthy but tasty options for your kids' lunch boxes, it doesn’t have to be that...
Preparing a Cake Pan for baking a Rich Fruit Cake
25 Nov 2014 - Anneka Manning
I was taught this method many years ago by CWA judge Norma Allen. It is far quicker than using multiple layers of brown paper and...