Tis the season for baking - cookies, cupcakes, cakes, breads, muffins and more. It's a time for sharing and enjoying the holidays with friends and loved ones. And nothing says holiday cheer more than fresh baked goods. But as we all know, baking takes time - lots of time.
Here are some time saving tips for baking for your holiday crowd:
Make cookie dough ahead of time and freeze in logs using saran wrap. Make sure to wrap them airtight. Once refrigerated, use them at any time, slicing from the log to form perfect cookies.
Make pie fillings ahead of time and freeze for future use. In the fall we had a ton of apples from various apple-picking trips and we were at a loss on what to do with all the Granny Smiths. That is until I thought about making a few batches of apple pie filling. I made the filling per my usual recipe and then let it cool. Once cooled, I put each pie-sized portion into freezer bags. Now they are ready when I need them!
Stock up on baking essentials well before you are ready to do your baking. You never want to be caught with out necessities like fresh baking powder, baking soda, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, or flower.
Gather all necessary plastic containers, platters, goody bags
and other items for delivering your delicious baked goods ahead of time.
Presentation matters - especially during this time of year.
Check the dates on your spices. Did you know they could go bad? It's not that they are spoiled, but they loose their strength over time. It's a good time to buy new spices as most are on sale this time of year.
Moms, how do you make the most out of your baking time in the kitchen?
I have 3 doughs going at one time. I have 3 in the fridge and 3 different kinds baking.
I don't bake Christmas items but my mom makes her cookie dough, cuts out the shapes and bakes them and then freezes them to frost and decorate at a later time.
Oh yeah I do try to get the most out of my holiday baking. =)
I love the idea of freezing pie fillings & cookie dough for later use! I need another chest freezer for all the things I think of to do & freeze for later. lol
My absolute favorite way to maximize my time in the kitchen is to get the boys out of it while I bake. lol Its so much faster & easier!
I'm not overdoing the baking this year. I'll make sugar cookies and possibly rum cake.
My SIL shared this site for two ingredient recipes with me. Looks like a great time saver:
We bake already made cookies, so it's pretty simple.
I am not organized enough to do things in advance.
make the dough that needs to refrigeate ... overnight put them in the fridge , then start the batch I can cook now .. and so on
to try to make the best of time