BakeClub Blog

Baking thoughts, techniques and know-how

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 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...
What is 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...
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...
Top 10 Safety Tips for Kids in the Kitchen
24 Nov 2014 - Anneka Manning
Getting your kids into the kitchen really is so much fun, but ensuring they stay safe is crucial. Here are my top 10 safety tips...
Top 5 Tips for Easy Entertaining
13 Nov 2014 - Anneka Manning
Feeling the familiar sense of panic over the impending festive period, particularly around the need to impress friends and family when entertaining? Well this year...
How to avoid the 'nasties' when packing your kids' lunch boxes
17 Oct 2014 - Anneka Manning
What did you put in your kids' lunch boxes today? Did you find it hard to fill them with yummy, but healthy, snacks? Believe me, I know how...