It’s baking season! Well, unless you’re a baker. We pretty much have our head in the oven all year long. But for you civilians, it’s baking season! To help get you started, we’ve got some baking hacks from the pros, via Insider!

Don’t Crack Up

Crack those eggs like you mean it!

Timid taps are what cause the shell to shatter into tiny pieces…

So crack with conviction. And use half a shell to retrieve any egg shrapnel that happens to get past you.

Skip Flouring The Pans

Use breadcrumbs to coat your cake pans instead of flour.

Not only are toasted breadcrumbs more delicious and more pleasantly textured than toasted flour should any excess linger on the cakes, but the crumbs are also more effective at helping the cake’s edges release from the pan.

Avoid Sticky Situations

Grease your cups and utensils before handling the sticky stuff.

Coat the measuring instruments lightly with olive oil before scaling honey, maple syrup, corn syrup, or molasses.

Cool Your Countertops

For better results when rolling pie (or even cookie) dough, chill out.

An easy way to do this is to fill up gallon zip-top bags with ice cubes and a little cold water and then lay them flat on the counter, Parks explained. This will prevent your dough from sticking to the countertops.

Cold Cookie

For the same reasons (and to prevent spreading), pop your sugar cookie dough into the freezer between batches.

Chilled dough is a lot easier to work, he added, and will work wonders for you.

Start at the End

Finally, let’s end at the beginning – start at the end.

Start at the end of your recipe and work backward, gathering all equipment, pots, and pans, preheating the oven, etc. Prepare all molds or pans. Then organize and accurately scale all of your ingredients. Now, it’s time to begin

 

Any baking hacks you’d like to share? Drop them in the comments!