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Are you a budding baker and a whiz with a quiz? Do you know your caster from your cane sugar?

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Already completed the quiz? Here's a little bit of background information for those of you who love your baking facts!

What is the most common baked item?

Bread is popular all over the world and is one of the oldest ever artificial foods.

Due to the concept of the masonry oven, what other type of cooking is baking similar to?

Baking takes slightly longer than broiling or grilling but is suitable for cooking large or thick items, similar to those commonly cooked on barbecues at a high temperature.

What does the term “blind baking” refer to?

Blind baking is often also referred to as pre-baking. This is when the pie crust or pastry is baked without the filling.

What type of flour has the highest starch content?

Cake flour also has the lowest protein content of any other wheat flour (usually around 9%)

Which type of sugar has the finest crystals?

Caster sugar has much smaller crystals than other sugars so that it dissolves easily. When used in baking this gives a fine golden colour to the finished product – as the smaller crystals caramelise more evenly.

If you use eggs straight from the fridge when baking, what will often go wrong?

It is best to use unrefrigerated eggs and add them gradually, mixing in a couple of spoonfuls at a time to prevent your mixture becoming lumpy.

What fruit puree is often used as a fat substitute in baking?

Due to its sugar content and versatility, apple sauce can be used as a substitute for butter, oil or even eggs.

Add baking powder to your cake and it rises. What is in baking powder that makes this happen?

Baking soda reacts with the liquid in the batter and causes air bubbles to form. The heat of the oven cause even more bubbles, and the heat also sets the structure of the bake.

What chocolate has the longest shelf life?

The shelf life of opened dark or chocolate is one year, whereas milk chocolate only lasts for 8 months.

How many is a baker’s dozen?

This phrase is thought to have originated from medieval times, when English bakers would give their customers an extra loaf when selling a dozen to avoid being penalized for selling ‘short weight’. A baker's dozen is thirteen.

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