In life, you need a coach to listen to as you only learn if you listen. You don’t learn when you talk. So even a coach needs coaching to learn.
I learned of that two Saturdays ago when the boys and this momi attended the Maya Kitchen Family Fun Day Baking Class. We joined four other families as the funny yet truly talented Carla Kusinera guided us on our baking.
At our small house, I am the kitchen coach. I rule the kitchen and I have my boys who listen to what mama says. When we bake, I tell them when to mix the batter or pour the batter into the tray. Got to realize that even gurus – or in our case, this momi as the teacher to her boys – need some coaching to maximize their potential. And I learned so much from Carla Kusinera that Saturday.
Coach needs coaching on dense cake
In baking, mixing the batter has such great effect on the texture of the cake. We overmixed our batter, perhaps because of too much excitement. An overmixed batter resulted in a dense cake. A dense cake is heavier which should not be the case for our Chocolate Hazelnut cake. The cake’s texture should be light and fluffy like a buttercream cake. That Saturday, this self-proclaimed coach to my boys learned that mixing the batter meant to stop mixing when you cannot see the ingredients anymore. To give you a clearer view, if you add butter, sugar, baking powder, and salt, you should stop mixing once you no longer see any white powder or any ingredient standing out from the rest.
Coach needs coaching on domed cake
You might have seen cakes with a big hump in the middle. It would probably be baked in a small pan. Another reason cake dome was again, over-mixing. Overmixing introduces extra air that may contribute to cracking and doming. A good technique to avoid such is to tap the filled cake pan gently on the working area before baking. This helps release air bubbles trapped in the batter. You guessed it right again, we got a domed cake last Saturday.
I have read a dozen times or more, baking is not very forgiving. If in cooking we could add a pinch of salt or a dash of pepper, and we’ve got a dish. In baking, though, it is more precise. The methods should be accurate. The heat should be correct. And the timing is everything. Having just one thing wrong can lead to a collapsed cake or a burnt one. An oven thermometer is helpful, though, to check on the temperature. Such top thermometers for your oven ensure that the temperature constantly remains the same throughout the process of baking.
And so two Saturday ago, I had a deeper understanding of having a life coach even if you were regarded as one. I mean, the boys think of me as their coach. I provide them the encouragement and even “coach” them to achieve great results in their exams or school competition. But even coaches need coaching. That other coach – in the name of Carla Kusinera – showed techniques to make our cake more edible and beautiful. She helped me be more confident and unleash that confidence that I may not have thought was within me. Because with unleashing that confidence comes the eagerness to create and speak big. And I could be a better coach to my boys then because someone other than my boys told me I am doing great. And that I got that extra boost from a person who knows more than I do.
So who needs a baking coach when you are into baking? Enroll in The Maya Kitchen Basic Baking Classes and speak and bake more confidently. Aside from that, you get to win more family friends. Check The Maya Kitchen Baking Class for the schedule.
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