Thursday, February 16, 2012

Baking Essentials (Baking Basics for Beginners) - Part 1

I have been thinking to post this since long as I had been queried by friends and readers about the baking tins I use, where I get the ingredients, and my oven(which I will work on a seperate post). These are the common queries I get these days, so thought this post might be helpful as I know the hassles I went through personally while shopping for baking items and the situation was even more worse when I moved to CBE. Most of times the shopkeepers starred at me as if I was speaking in my own language ;)

I have tried my best to compile most items I've used in my baking, if you find anything missing, please drop a comment, will edit to add :)

Choco Chips
The first and foremost essential item is the measuring cups and spoons. I use it for baking and even for everyday cooking most of the times. Though these may not be accurate for the gram measures, I have been using it since I started baking. If you are at Chennai try these at Santosh Super stores or any departmental stores(You will get the red ones). I got mine from Nilgiris here in Coimbatore. When I searched for these measuring cups I understood many shops had it even without realising the name of it so help yourself in the shops instead of asking them.

I also have a cup which has different measures for maida, sugar, rice flour etc in gms(the orange tumbler kind shown in the pic) - So these are the ones I am using / will be using till I find a proper kitchen scale. My cup and spoon measures are :
  • 1 cup = 250 ml
  • 1/2 cup = 125 ml
  • 1/3 cup = 80 ml
  • 1/4 cup = 60 ml
  • 1 tbsp = 15 ml
  • 1/2 tbsp = 7.5 ml
  • 1 tsp = 5 ml
  • 1/2 tsp = 2.5 ml

Measuring Cups & Spoons

The next thing you will need will be a mixing bowl which is wide and easy to mix - I use a normal mixing basin which I use for cooking(am still searching for a proper mixing bowl esp for baking). Next is the whisk which you need for mixing cake batter.
Bowl, Whisk and Accessories

Utensils & Others:
  • Mixing bowl - Use a wide and deeper bowl
  • Spatula and Whisk - I got in Nilgiris, you can find it in any supermarket
  • Measuring cups and Spoons - Dept stores
  • Baking/ Cookie tray - It came with my oven itself essential for cookies and pizzas
  • Wire rack - This also came with my oven itself
  • Baking Tins - To start with you can get a Bread loaf and a Round / Square tin
  • Muffin pans
  • Ramekins (the ones you see here holding nuts , chocochips etc) - Additional , you may require them for any puddings or lava cake. I got mine from Currimboys and Poppad Jammal
  • Cookie Cutters - I havent had luck getting many shapes. If you dont get any fancy ones just use a small lid to cut into circles.
  • Aluminium foil - Needed only for pizzas or for any grilling, you can get the roll in any dept store. You can use butter paper as an alternate as we get it in any stationary shop.
Cooking Chocolate
You can check out the standard pan sizes in joyofbaking
What I have is a bread loaf pan 9'' X 3'' which I have used in my bakes:
Bread Loaf Pan
A cookie tray is a must for baking cookies, mine came with my OTG itself. I make bread pizza in this and the veg pizza using the collecting tray. Other than that, I have a round and a floral tin(nonstickware) which is the only nonstick baking tin I have. I havent used silicon wares but have heard good reviews from many of our blogger friends. I personally like the aluminium baking tins than the nonstick ones.

Cakes that I baked in floral and round pan:

For almost all cookies posted here I used the same tray
Cookie Tray and Cake Tins

Muffins pans, you can again opt for siliconware or even nonstick. But I feel we use muffin liners most of the times so sticking is not a problem at all. Individual silicion muffin moulds are also available in the markets. Mine is aluminium as you can see it here.
Muffins TrayI use the square pan - 6'' X 6'' for all my mini bakes. Its a small one.
Square Pan
Coming to the bundt pan...I searched for almost a year but coudnt find a right one. As most of them I saw were oversized, finally found this at Nilgiris.
Bundt Pan
I got all my baking pans from Santosh Super Stores(Annanagar, Chennai) except for the floral nonstickware and the bundt which I got from Nilgiris. I must admit not all Nilgiris branch has baking tins, try out in the main branch at your city.

I dont have many cookiecutters only 2-3 most of the times I use the round lid. I have got many things out of curiosity but sparsely use them(got them froma wholesale bakery retailer). Few among them are the icing cone and nozzles, which I havent used much. Even my tart pans are waiting for almost 2 yrs for me to experiment.

Baking Accessories
Baking Ingredients Needed (What to get and Where) :
  • Maida (All Purpose Flour) - I use Nilgiris brand
  • Granulated Sugar - Its again Nilgiris brand
  • Icing Sugar - Bakers
  • Demerera sugar - Bluebird
  • Baking powder - Bakers
  • Baking soda - Weikfield / Bakers
  • Vanilla Essence(Black one) - Tiger brand from Nilgiris
  • Coco Powder - Its cadbury
  • Gelatin and China Grass - Bakers
  • Condensed Milk - Amul / Nestle
  • Yeast - Bakers or Bluebird
  • Custard powder - Pillsbury
  • Chocolate chips - From nuts & spices or nilgiris
  • Butterscotch chips - From nuts & spices
  • Cooking Chocolate - Marco / Morde from Nuts & Spices
  • Mozzarella cheese - Amul
  • Cheddar cheese - It can be either Amul or Britannia.
  • Whip Cream powder - Bluebird
  • Yogurt - Nilgiris / Amul
  • Fresh Cream - Amul
  • Butter - Its always homemade butter sometimes I use Nutralite
  • Cooking Oil - Saffola
  • Olive Oil - Extra virgin olive oil the brand I am using now is Figaro
  • Milk - Its Aavin green if its full cream milk or blue which is low fat
  • Dry Fruits and Nuts - I get it from a local dryfruits store
Self rising flour : I have seen it in Nuts and Spices but havent used it as I find normal All purpose flour itself working fine.
Vanilla Pound CakeAll the nuts and dry fruits I prefer getting it in dryfruits shop where its good. I always stock up walnuts and badam. Tutti frutti I get only when there is need. Other than that dates is always found in my pantry as I love them to eat it as such :)

Dry Fruits & Nuts


Disclamer : The products mentioned here are not meant for advertisement. This is not a paid or any kind of promotion for any product or shop. These are the products I use and shops I visit as per my preference which I have shared here to help others who find it difficult to shop for baking items.


Snowball Cookies

Written by: SHARMILEE J

166 comments:

  1. useful post :-) even currimbhoys has lots of baking supplies - worth checking out

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  2. Thanks a lot for sharing these useful and essential tips for baking.Really no words to explain aobut these things which u shared with us.

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  3. Thought of reading it later once I saw the lengthy post but once I started reading the first few lines... I change mind. Wow Sharmi... Know what? I am not even a beginner. Am in a process of buying a oven!! Just a request. Can you please suggest which type of oven I should go for? It may be very useful for me and people like me (??!!). Thanks. :)

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  4. I love this post :) It is sure going to help people a lot :)

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  5. useful post.... Sharmi... was in cbe for couple days , the place is lovely .... u must hav got the chance to attend JM icing course...!!

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  6. This is a very exhaustive list Sharmilee.Good work!

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  7. I needed tis sharmi!!Thanks a lot for posting tis....I want to buy a oven(an electric oven).I don wanna go with a microwave,as i keep getting bad feedbacks on it :( especially on health issues.So pls suggest me a good electric oven(heard prestige is good,also comes in compact size,but no idea abt the performance),size does matter-i wanna small one...thanks once again!!!

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  8. @Geethu , Kavitha : Mine is a Morphy Richards 18 ltr OTG. I dont have microwave oven so all my bakes are with the OTG and I havent found any trouble with it so far...More details coming up in the post :) hopefully sooner

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    1. Thanks Sharmi,gonna buy one soon...waiting for the next post,so tat i can buy the best one with ur help(tips) :)

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    2. Thanks,gonna buy one soon.....waiting for ur nxt post,so tat i can buy the best one with ur help(tips) :-)

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  9. Loved the post Sharmilee..useful one

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  10. aparnamaheshkartickFebruary 16, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    hai ur info is really very good.as i m also from cbe i thk u get some of d items in pazhamudhir nilayan shop opposite d court.try at tat place also.

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  11. Very useful post for beginners. Nice pictures Sharmi.

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  12. That is so sweet of u to post such useful information. Poppat jamal has all the required baking utensils. as u said nilgiris in chennai all branches do not have the utensils. @ geethu @ kavitha Personally it is better to go for Microwave Convection mode so that u can use it for baking as well as cooking and reheated. I have whirlpool brand which i feel is good as i have it for more than 8 yrs

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    1. Yes as Latha says when you opt for both cooking and baking then go in for microwave + convection but if you consider only baking and grilling then I recommend OTG

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  13. Sharmilee, u can find these cake tins and stuffs in Spencers as well...also amul cream in 200 ml pack which I find is good for making whipped cream...Any idea where to get icing cone and nozzles in cbe?...

    Dev

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    1. Spencersla I tried but varietya ila tins...which branch are you telling? Cones and nozzles wholeshopla vangnen at townhall, will give the address :)

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    2. I saw it in avinashi road spencers...the one near the old nilgiris...I once saw many shapes and was tempted to but some...aanal vaangalai... ;) They don't replenish stocks regularly I guess... recentaa pona podhu they just had the round one, rectangular one and bread tin...

      ya, mail me the wholesale shop addr on FB... I bought a hand blender recently esp to make fresh cream icing for cakes... but nozzles illadhanaala perusa decorate panna mudiyalai...

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    3. hi mam can u help me to know where i can get icing bags,nozzles,hand blender ,moulds and basic needs for cakemaking items in chennai r coimbatore

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  14. Hi Sharmilee, very informative post....people sometimes ask me about baking, will send them here :-)

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  15. thanks for that info on whipped cream..i just ordered myself a carton..was tired o'purchasing imported and expensive 300ml pack!!..

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  16. That was a very useful post Sharmi. Beginners will benefit a lot for this post. Have bookmarked this post, as it would be useful when I am doing some baking in India. I have a question? So do we get brown sugar in India, If so in which shop. I am asking abt the brown sugar which we use especially in cookies in US.

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    1. I havent used brown sugar but guess you check it out at Nuts and Spices outlets...I personally havent got it but have a vague remembrance seeing it there....

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    2. brown sugar... u can get from yesesi supermarket in anna ngr.

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    3. Brown Sugar and other baking essentials (Trays, pans and also cake mix etc.) at Venus essence and Vivek essence,in Waltax Road(close to Chennai Central Railway station), chennai-600003

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  17. wow, this is a great post. i hope people realize it takes a lot of effort to compile lists with descriptions & explanations. thumbs up, sharmi.

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  18. Thanx sharmi, its very useful for freshers like me

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  19. hai yaar u hv to tell where u get d wire rack n cake stand for d cake to cool n to do d frosting.

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    1. Wirerack I got with my oven itself....It comes along with any OTG

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  20. Thats a very useful post Sharmi... Thanks for sharing

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  21. A practical and helpful post. I love it.

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  22. very useful post, not just for beginners :)

    Join the Just "4" Fun event :)

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  23. My Mom is going to love this post !! She used to bake all sorts of cakes for us using her cake oven. Then we grew up she just left it. Now that she came here to the US and saw me baking she got all interested. Now I'm in the process of getting her an oven. Also she would want to know where she could get baking supplies. Cool post !! I will share the link with her !!

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  24. fabulous post.... very useful... i am sure it will be helpful to beginners and others alike...

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  25. OMG! this post is awesome...very nice....and useful tips...thanks for sharing dear

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  26. Thank u soo much Sharmi its very informative and useful post, u have cleared my doubts.Could u answer where is currimboys shop?

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    1. I have seen it both in adyar and annanagar. But adyar branch is a much more bigger one and has a nice collection.

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  27. Hi Sharmi :) Really nice post. So many places are in chennai, but the post says CBE. Am I getting confused, somewhere? If chennai, I know a couple of more places where we get good quality instant dry yeast, cream for frosting, number/shape cake tins, chocolate moulds, high quality essence etc. It is a wholesale store, and not many know of it. Let me know if you want the details. Can mail to you.

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    1. Yes I am in Coimbatore(CBE) so I've mentioned the places I hop on. Sure mail me, can check out the store when we are in Chennai :)

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    2. i wud like to know abt dis wholesale place in chn too sharmi. can u pls share it wid us too. thnx!

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    3. Hi sharmi /Archana chari can u share the wholesale shop address here or mail me

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  28. Hi sharmi,
    I have visited ur space n no of times and every time I come here u inspire me soo soo much.
    Food is my heart n soul, thinking of starting my blog soon dunno when thats going to happen.
    Even i am very passionate about baking...bought an lg convection also but yet to try my hand on baking and thanks a ton for this post for its come just at the right time.
    Thnx a ton and luv ur blog
    Mayuri

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  29. OMG. The list is so exhaustive and hats off to ur patience in compiling this whole stuff. A good one for the beginners.
    Radhika.

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  30. thank u so..... much for sharing this info.... and eagerly waiting for ur next post about the oven...i was bloghopping since so... many days for these info... atlast found it.. thank u once again...

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  31. wonderful post and can't take out my eyes from the choco chip pic.Infact i didnt see the "coming up next" column.

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  32. Very useful post sharmi. iam planning to buy a MW soon. Bookmarked this post. Thanks a lot !!

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  33. EXCELLENT POST, THANKS FOR THE GREAT EFFORT !

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  34. Very informative,thanks,have mailed this to my sister too,..

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  35. Hi Sharmilee. I love to follow your blog and try out your recipes. I appreciate all the time and effort you put into your blog, to help us all. I live in California, but I will be happy to send you cookie cutters. Let me know what shapes/sizes you'd like. Keep up the good work. Will send you my email address.

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  36. Great post! It fits in with what I'm trying to do on Twitter right now, bringing up the baking basics for people. Check it out if you get a chance! Twitter.com/pastryfacts

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  37. This is probably one of the most helpful posts for baking that I've seen. I've been "baking" since I was little, but now that I'm on my own, it's harder to know what to keep stocked and what I need to buy for a new kitchen. Also, I'm jealous that you have Cadbury coco powder! I've never seen it in a grocery store before.

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  38. sharmi,thats a lovely post. Where can i get cupcake wrappers in chennai?

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  39. Mouth watering....
    picturebite.com

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  40. This is a very helpful post! Will refer to it when buying things for baking in India

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  41. sharmi.. this is such a wonderful post as even i thought of asking the chit chat bakery shop about the things needed for baking... nilgiris is just next to my home & now i need to check with the baking items there... nuts & spices and nilgiris are now my about to go places... thanks for your effort...

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  42. hai sharmilee, ur recipes r really good and i follow ur blog always.milk cake, pound cake everything worked well. how do u measure 100 g of butter, i don't have any measurement for butter in my measuring jar. since i use home made butter, it's difficult for me to measure. pls answer

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  43. @Salini : Its hard without a measuring kitchen scale to measure homemade butter. Else you will have to get packs of butter in gms.

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  44. thank u for the reply.

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  45. Thanks a lot. I will definitely keep coming back to this one for all that i need to buy.

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  47. Very useful for many.also lemme know what kind a of blenders and hand beaters/mixers you use....I'm looking for one to buy..jus wanna know which is useful for cakes beating ,frosting ,whipping cream and so on....thanks in advance dear............

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  48. hai sharmi, iam new to ur blog.it was really worth seeing.can u tell me where can i get all these baking stuff in bangalore.

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  49. @Anon : I am not sure of Bangalore but you can try Spencers Daily and Nilgiris outlets

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  50. @Nithya: I dont use any beaters, I use my whipper/blender option which came with my chopper for beating eggs. But heard philips brand is good , my cousin has it and she said it gives good results.

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  51. Hi Sharmie..
    I am new to you site and while searching for cooking tips got your site..Your tips are very helpful for beginners like us.Thank you very much.
    I have few questions regarding cake tins. I have seen aluminium cake tins same as in pic in Spar super market.When i asked the sale girl she said this tin is for OTG.Is that true ?

    Can I use the same tins in LG convection oven ??

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  52. @Gayathri: As far as I know you can use the same tins...get a small one to try.

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  53. Any idea where I can get cupcake liners in Chennai ?

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  54. Where can i get cupcake liners in Chennai ?

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  55. @Reshma : You can try Currimboys or Poppad Jammal

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  56. where do u get decorating sprinkles in chennai?

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  57. were can i get sugar sprinkles and edible pearls in chennai?

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  58. Check out in Walltax road or in Nilgiris branch but not very sure

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  59. Hi, yummmmy blog :) Thanks for this guide.

    Had a query, where can we get these basic stuffs like Choco chips, chocolate bars, moulds etc in Chennai - any idea?

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  60. @Sri : Try nuts and spices , nilgiris

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  61. hi sharmilie, could you please tell me where we can get gelatine powder for baking in coimbatore?

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  62. @Praveena : Try in Nilgiris or any departmental store like foodworld etc...

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  63. hi sharmilee.. I'm sorry but i have another basic question for you. can you use the tray that comes with the oven to place your cake tin on for baking a cake or do you necessarily need to use the wire rack?

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  64. Lisa:I am really not sure , I have used the tray ony for cookies....

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  65. Thanks for your post. I want to ask you a question? Which one are you using? 14 ltr otg or 18 ? hey my native is cbe :))

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  66. @Unknown : I use 14ltr...check my oven post for more details!

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  67. where do you buy baking yeast in chennai?

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  68. @Khwaj :Try in any departmental store like Spencers, Nilgiris etc

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  69. Hi Sharmilee,

    I have learnt to make bakery biscuits recently.
    Instead of Butter/Dalda they are using MARVO. Where can I find it?

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  70. @MySweetWorld : Marvo is new to me....havent heard of it... In bakeries they use margarine which is available at Nilgiris

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  71. Hi Sharmilee its such a wonderful post and I have just started baking for my toddler and recently bought a 40 ltr morphy Richards OTG and gonna start experimenting soon and hence this post was very useful to know whereas get baking essentials . I also need to know if i can use amul or any other cooking butter? And also need to know if butter paper has to be used everytime we bake a cake so tat it does nt stick? i am worried abt the cake sticking in the molds. Plz advice.

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  72. @Anusha : Thats great to know...I always use homemade butter..you can get nutralite which is low fat and good too...Reg laying butter paper please check my baking essentials part 2 for the tips....there I've given method for easy unmoulding even without butter paper.

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  73. Hi nice post and a very useful one too!!!
    I am a beginner.
    Can u please suggest where to get baking pan/tin in Coimbatore?
    Thanks in advance.

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  74. @Nitya : Check in Nilgiris(RS Puram) as I have mentioned i my post

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  75. DEAR SHARMI, I AM INSPIRED BY U...BUT I HAVE A SUGGESTION, YOUR RECIPES ESPECIALLY CAKES ARE ALMOST EGGLESS, ADDING EGG TO THE CAKES WILL MAKE IT PROTEIN RICH. ACTUALLLY THERE IS NO UNHEALTHINESS IN EGG.EGG IS A COMPLETE PROTEIN FOOD WITH ALL ESSENTIAL AMINO ACIDS AND THERE IS NO SATURATED FAT IN IT...

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  76. @Cijinikaran : I am planning to post more bakes with eggs and am not against eggs too :) So keep watching for more bakes with eggs :))

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  77. Hi Sharmi!
    if the recipe calls for a 9" cake pan, does it refer to the height of the dish or the width? i am using a circular dish.

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  78. Hi Sharmilee
    Thanks for your useful site. I make chocolates at home but am having a problem in finding variety of moulds in Chennai. I could only find tiny heart shape and long rectangular shape.

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  79. Hi....
    Ma'am I just love your site & preparations.
    I want to ask that when i bake eggless sponge cake(your recipe ) in a floral tin i does not raises at all........ In round its perfect.
    What could be the probable reasons?

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  80. Hi Ma'am... I just love your site & recipes .
    When I make eggless sponge cake ( your recipe ) in a floral shape tin it does not raises at all. In a round tin its just perfect. What could be the probable reasons for the same? please guide ma'am

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  81. @Swati : I dont think the tin matters for the raising, it depends on the raising agent and also the batter consistency...

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  82. Hi Sharmi

    Very nice and useful post
    Venus traders in walltax road chennai has all baking supplies utensils and molds
    Can anyone let know where we can get fondant or marzipan in chennai pls

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  83. Hi Sharmi

    Very nice and useful post
    Venus traders in walltax road chennai has all baking supplies utensils and molds
    Can anyone let know where we can get fondant or marzipan in chennai pls

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  84. Very nice...I am a beginner in cooking.as Christmas was around the corner was looking for cake molds and recipes..urs was the TOPMOST relevant after my Googling !!! way to GO!!! :) Thanks a ton!!

    Shobana Wilfred

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  85. @Priya : I am not sure but heard that there is one in Walltax road

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  86. Hi Sharmi, very very nice post. Really informative. I have few doubts though: How do I prepare whip cream frm Amul cream, generally its very watery and not that thick. Whenever I try to use it for frosting, I end up getting very watery frosting. Secondly for cupcakes can we set the cupcake liners in a baking tray rather than getting a seperate muffin tray for it.

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  87. @Rashmi : 1. Reg amul cream I havent used it personally for frosting just have used it once for cheese cake....Guess when you whip using a blender until fluffy it will set well...2. You can but when you pour the batter the cupcake liners will not stand stiff if it is that thick then you can proceed.

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  88. wow !!! Thanks for sharing all the information with pics !!!!!!!!
    Really useful for baking beginners like me !!!!!!!!!

    Lovely photos and yummy recipes !!!!!!!!!!

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  89. hiii...Sharmi!!! this is a superb site of urs....can u please tell me how to prevent the cake from breaking and having a peak while baking...,.My OTG is of Morphy Richards 24 RSS ...can u please tell me the ideal time and temperature for preheating the oven (i make only eggless cakes) and also the time and temperature while baking.. mine gets baked but also forms a peak and gets burnt from below...am a little messed up with the temperature settings for baking and preheating....Kindly help...
    Thanks and Regards
    Vidya Satish (Mumbai)

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    1. I usually follow the orginal recipes baking temperature and timing alone +/- depending on the recipe....Does it happen for all cakes? Keep in the middle rack and use butter paper before pouring the batter...this might help!Other than that check my baking tips post also.

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  90. i want to make a two tiered cake(9",6") which will be triple layered each.there will be sm decoration 2.can u please tell how many gms of bluebird instant whiiped cream will i need??
    reply fast plz as i need to make it for frnd's b'day.

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    1. I havent tried much of layered cakes so not really sure of the quantity of whipped cream needed....sorry couldnt help u in this regard.

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    2. thanks anyways.but can u please tell how many cups of whipped cream 50gms of bluebird will make??

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    3. Oops I am really not sure , next time I will surely measure and update it here.

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  91. where will i get blue bird whipped cream in chennai ?? and even the paper liners ??

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    1. Try in nuts and spices....paper liners am not sure, I got mine from a wholesale shop in CBE.

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  92. are u really sure can i use alluminium tin for baking in convection microwave(i have bought samsung microvawe recently) till now i used the same alluminium tin for baking on gas.
    pls reply

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    1. Really not sure of convection oven as I havent used it at all...ur manual is the right place to check for more information...

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  93. hi.. thanks for the lovely intro into basics ok baking.. I was told Bajaj is the best for OTG but never found it across Bangalore but found only morphy Richards everywhere and purchased one. Is there soo much differenece in brands for baking? pls revert

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    1. I am really not sure Revathi as I have used only morphy richards so not sure about other brands....but guess there will be very minor difference

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  94. Hi,
    I have used active dry yeast 4-5 times, but my dough never raised.
    Please suggest some good yeast in chennai

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    1. I have used Bakers yeast...try that it works fine

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  95. Hello Sharmilee,

    I think you can mention a thing or two abt flour sieve.
    I have read people mention trigger sieve, normally pan sieve. heard abt colanders also being used for sifting flour.

    Would like to hear from you.

    Regards,
    Srigouri

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    1. Sure will do that in future....I havent used colanders I use the normal seiver that I have shown in my stepwise pics

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  96. hello mam, im a beginner to cooking and i have interest to learn baking products,plz tell tat how to bake items, in pressure cooker im not having oven

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    1. I will have to try baking in a pressure cooker first before posting it here...will sure try and post it soon

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  97. Hi Mam,this is Kalaiselvi Sasikumar
    Can u plz tell me where to buy icing cone n nozzle in cbe?
    pp use these cones for making jhangiri too.. I dont ve any jhangiri cloth,i wanna try this...

    Regards
    Kalai.

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    1. I got it from Nilgiris and few from a whole shop here in CBE

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  98. I really found this info useful. As you rightly said, I wanted to try out baking and finding it difficult to know where to buy certain items. It was very useful. I got the baking tray from Poppat Jamals.

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  99. pls tell where in cbe do we get bluebird whipping cream powder

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    1. I got it from Cochin...here we get bakers brand

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    2. Usually measuring cups r marked 200 ml.but u use 250 ml.how should i measure dry ingredients.plz reply soon.i want to make marble cake.nd secondly can i make marble cake in bundt pan?

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    3. I use my measuring cups to measure the ingredients....and my 1 cup measures 250 ml...
      Yes you can make marble cake in bundt pan.

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  100. Hi, I'm new to baking and I found ur blog very useful. I couldn't find half of essential things u mentioned for baking in poppad jamal. Now I've a chance to come to cbe and want to browse the stores were I can get all the things . I am based at madurai and we don't have many stores that specialise in baking. Can u give me the shops name and thier location for me. Thnx in advance

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    1. You can check out Nilgiris RSPuram Branch

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    2. Can we use aluminium foils instead of butter sheet? If then do we have to grease aluminium foil? I searched for butter sheet but couldn't get one. So I searched for alternatives in the net and happened to read it.have u tested it?

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    3. Yes you can use silver foil and no need to grease them - this is for cookies. Not sure if silver foil will work for cakes

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  101. Got the butter sheet but didn't get the paper liner. Hunting for the ing. nd basic tools is really challenging. What is the alternative 4 muffin paper?

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    1. May be you can grease the muffin pan and directly spoon the batter into it.Or you can use butter paper but you the muffins may not hold its shape

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  102. Thank u. Will try nd write u the result

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  103. Can you please tell me where can I get food colour of all variation?i have tried in nilgiris but they only have yellow,green, red. i want a wider range to make fondant topping.moreover I am unable to get paper cup liners indian made for muffins.the one available at nilgiris are too high.

    will they all be availabe in walltax road.

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    1. Try at walltax road....I have the basic colors only, got few from Viveka agencies at Town Hall,Coimbatore

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  104. Hi Sharmi, Can you please tell me from where can I get chocolate slabs, choco chips and tinned cherries?

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  105. hi, do we need the muffin trays and the paper mould together for baking muffins or only paper mould will do?? pls reply.

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    1. Yes you will need both baking tray and mould for baking muffins.

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    2. Else you can get silicon moulds / mould tray and bake it without the liners

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  106. Hi Please advise where to buy the measuring cups and spoons (also the tumbler in orange color). I dont get this in Goa, shall order online if you guide the stores.

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    1. hi u can buy baking products from zansaar.com or fabfurnish.com..
      they have almost all products...try it out...

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  107. hi sharmi can u pls say where i can find turn table (for doing icing) in chennai..its not ther in poppat or currim or santosh..i checked out..
    also i need black color to make panda cake fr my lil ones birthday...i promised him but cud not find anywhere.. :(
    in nuts and spices should i ask for cooking chocolate?
    pls reply..thanks in advance...

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    1. I am really not sure of the turn table...I havent seen them around not sure...
      Yes you need to ask for cooking chocolate

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    2. black color?????????????also cant find liquid colrs in dept stores any idea where i can find in chennai?
      how do u then do icing fr ur cake?without turn table?
      is it coming ok?because i found it difficult to crumble coat my cake without turn table.....

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    3. I dont do icing mostly use readymade whipped cream powder so not sure of it....I buy liquid colors in a wholesale shop here in Coimbatore

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    4. readymade whipped cream powder???????wow never heard of it..can u say the naem brand of it?is it available in chennai?thanks in advance.....

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    5. Long back, I got it from Cochin, dont remember the brand...but you get different brands in nuts and spices

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    6. It might be too late a reply but in Chennai you can get all your baking ingredients and accessories from Wall Tax road (Take the left immediately next to Chennai central Railway Station). There are couple of essence marts on that road. I usually go to Viveka essence mart. Its a one stop shop.

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  108. Hi, Can you tel me if all the cookies, cakes and pizzas can be made in microwave oven? If yes, can u pls share the variations between OTG and microwave oven?

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    1. You should microwave convection mode in your oven to bake cakes,cookies and pizzas.

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  109. am planni to get an oven..which one s t best ?
    s it true tat OTG,s r t best for baking??

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    1. This has been asked my many readers over and over again.
      But trust me I have used only OTG and have no idea of microwave so it will not be justified for me to say which is better.But as far as I know OTG is best for baking

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  110. @preethi am using LG micro oven only...its as good as an OTG..if u r going to bake professionally that is as a business then go for OTG or if it is fr simple home purpose then go for micro oven...this way u can also cook in oven which is so easy and takes less time..

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  111. Hi..:).i m frm chennai.which supermarket BAKERS products lke yeast,china grass will be available.

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    1. Check in Nilgiris or any chain of supermarkets, not sure about shops at Chennai

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    2. You can get these at NutsnSpices

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    3. i shifted to coimbatore this year nd ws unable to find these stuffs. thnk u so much fr this post.....

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