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Baking Calendar #6: Breakfast & Brunch

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What’s your favorite way to start the day? Is it with a cup of coffee? A morning jog? The smell of delicious food being prepared? I’m thinking pancakes, waffles, donuts, crepes! Well, this month is all about these longtime favorites! They are easy to make and taste incredibly good!

Using The Baking Calendar

Before we get started, if you like to see all the ingredients and recipes for this month at a glance, you can print out the breakfast and brunch calendar.

As mentioned in the previous calendars, I strongly encourage you to keep a notebook and a pen next to you when baking. Write down things like the heat setting used. Keep a record of any issues you might encounter to make troubleshooting easier. Snap some pictures whenever you can, to track your progress. And if you are willing to share them, I’d love to see them. You can email them to me at [email protected] or tag me on Instagram @wheelofbaking.

Okay, let’s see what we’ll be learning this month!

WEEK 1: Crepes

We will learn:

  • How much liquid to use in a crepe and how to get a lighter crepe or a richer crepe.
  • How to avoid getting flour lumps in the batter.
  • The difference between melted butter and oil in crepe batter.
  • Why some recipes recommend letting the batter rest before using it.
  • What happens when you cook a crepe.
  • How to know if the pan is hot enough before cooking the crepes.
  • What issues you might encounter and what to do.

Action steps:

  1. Read the post How to make crepes from scratch.
  2. Make the crepes and enjoy!

WEEK 2: Pancakes

We will learn:

  • The difference between crepes and pancakes.
  • What the muffin method is.
  • What the pancake batter consistency should be.
  • The difference between the chemical leaveners and how they leaven baked goods.
  • The key to mixing the batter for tall pancakes.
  • How to cook the pancakes and when to flip them.

Action steps:

  1. Read the post How to make light and fluffy pancakes.
  2. Prepare the pancakes.

WEEK 3: Waffles

We will learn:

  • The difference between pancake and waffle batter.
  • How to get a fluffy waffle.
  • Three ways to make waffle batter: with softened butter, melted butter and whipped egg whites.
  • How to cook waffles.

Action steps:

  1. Read the post How to make waffles.
  2. Make the waffles.

WEEK 4: Baked Yeast Donuts

We will learn:

  • What the different types of donuts are.
  • How to make the donut dough.
  • To determine when the dough has been kneaded enough.
  • To shape the donut without using a pan.
  • How to glaze the baked donuts.
  • What the consistency of the chocolate ganache should be for donuts.

Action steps:

  1. Read the post How to make baked yeast donuts.
  2. Prepare the donuts.

I hope you loved this baking calendar as much as my family did! Next month, we’ll be focusing on fruit desserts to take advantage of the delicious fruits that will be available! Until next time!

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