If you want to be a professional baker, then it is important to learn about the right ingredients. Some ingredients are going to stay with you throughout in your professional baking career. So it is important to have a clear idea about these must haves.
The first and most important ingredient for a professional baker is yeast. Yeast is a living organism that breaks down sugars into carbon dioxide and alcohol, making bread rise. Without yeast, you cannot make bread.
Some breads require active dry yeast, while others require instant or rapid-rise yeast. Active dry yeast requires to be activated before adding it to your starter.
To do this, stir it in a jar until it foams up, then cover it with cheesecloth or a paper towel and let it sit for 20 minutes. When kneaded, you can mix it with just enough flour to form a soft dough ball. This will activate it.
Instant or rapid-rise yeast is mixed directly into your starter without being activated beforehand; you can use either type of yeast in this recipe.
2. Cake flour
Cake flour is made from soft wheat, so it may be more difficult to find than other types of flour. If you’re looking for it at your local store, make sure they’ve got cake flour available before purchasing any other item. It’s used in cakes, cookies, biscuits, pie crusts (and pancakes).
3. Bread flour
Bread flour is high-gluten flour, which means it has a higher percentage of protein than all-purpose flour. This makes bread rise more elevated than other baked goods and more suitable for making pizza dough or other crusty baked goods.
Bread flour can be used in place of all-purpose recipes where you’re looking to create an especially chewy texture or add elasticity (like bagels).
Bread flour comes in many varieties: plain white, whole wheat, rye flour, or any combination thereof. There’s also the gluten-free flour alternatives.
Sugar is used to sweeten a dish or as a preservative and makes cakes moist and tender. It may be necessary to use some salt in order to balance the sweetness of other ingredients. It is the must have ingredient for romantic dinners to casual takeaways.
Aquafaba is the liquid from a can of chickpeas and can be used as an egg substitute in baking. The consistency of aquafaba can be changed by cooking time, bean type (or seasonings), and even your preference.
Some people prefer their cakes to have more air than others, so if you want something light and fluffy for your cake recipes or cupcakes, try using about 1/4 cup at room temperature for every 1 cup of all-purpose flour (like Cake Flour).
If you want something richer with less moisture content (like Cupcake Flour), add only 3 tablespoons per recipe instead!
6. Agar Agar
Agar-agar is a gelatinous substance made from seaweed. It’s used in vegan meringues, jellies, custards, and puddings.
7. Cocoa Powder
Cocoa powder is a must-have ingredient for any baker. It’s used in chocolate cakes, cookies, and other baked goods.
Cocoa powder comes from roasted cocoa beans and contains a lot of fat (about 30%) and some sugar (about 15%). It has a good amount of flavonoids and antioxidants that help prevent heart disease and cancer. Cocoa powder is also rich in iron which helps keep your blood healthy.
8. Chocolate Chips
Chocolate chips are a great way to add chocolate flavor to your recipes. They’re made from chocolate and sugar, but they’re not the same as baking chocolate. They come in different styles and flavors, so choosing one that works best with your recipe is important.
The key takeaway from all this is that it’s important to remember what kind of ingredients work best for you if you are a professional baker.