I have been spending the past few days planning my holiday baking. Each trip I make to the store, I pick up some of the ingredients.
Normally my baking takes place a couple of weeks before Christmas. But since my military son won’t be home until a couple of days before, I am doing my baking the week he is home so that he can enjoy the yummy treats.
The ingredients for baking can get expensive. So if you plan early enough what you are going to make, you can create a master list. Then instead of purchasing everything at one time, you slowly pick up the items. But make sure you stash them somewhere they won’t be used.
Of course, holiday baking is so much more fun when you are doing it with others. If you have children, enlist their help.
Another idea is to get together with a group of friends. Bake up a storm and then share some of your treats. This will allow for more variety and a chance to try something new.
Now some people like to do all their baking in one day. I did that one year and vowed to never do it again.
I prefer to spread my baking out. It’s really up to you.
You should also remember to purchase containers ahead of time to store your treats in. Make sure you have enough parchment paper, wax paper or whatever else you need.
One final tip. This works great when you are using flour or sugar. I put a paper plate underneath the measuring cup. I fill the cup up, which usually causes it to overflow. But it lands on the paper plate so I can easily put what falls back into the container. Now I’m not wasting ingredients.
What tips or tricks do you have for holiday baking?