BakeClub Blog

Baking thoughts, techniques and know-how

Top 5 Tips for Making Great Anzac Biscuits
24 Apr 2018 - Anneka Manning
There is nothing quite like a good homemade Anzac biscuit. By simply baking and sharing a batch, it's a great way of honouring our troops both past and...
The difference between bicarbonate of soda and baking powder
12 Apr 2018 - Anneka Manning
Both baking powder and bicarbonate of soda are known as chemical leavening or raising agents (yeast is also a raising agent but it is a...
Six Ways To Choose A New Recipe
16 Mar 2018 - Anneka Manning
Do you sometimes find it hard to choose a recipe, especially when you want to bake? I’m going to help make this decision easy for you. It isn’t a tricky process, just a bunch of questions – questions that will help you choose a recipe that is right for you.
The Pros and Cons of Silicone Bakeware
09 Mar 2018 - Anneka Manning
Silicone bakeware is still a little mysterious to many home cooks. Many of us regularly use silicone spatulas and other kitchen utensils but when it...
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 recipe is sometimes the key to achieving success in the kitchen.
Why 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...