5 Essential Tips for Beginner Bakers
Updated: Nov 16
You’ve chosen the perfect time to start baking as a beginner. There’s a wealth of information right at your fingertips! The internet is ripe with thousands of tested recipes, tips and resources for beginner bakers. But where to begin? We know how daunting it can be to find a starting place as a first-time baker. With so much information to sift through, you might feel overwhelmed with recipes and ideas. That’s why we’re setting you up with the right beginner resources you’ll need to make your own delicious baked goods at home.
1. Set up your beginner baking workstation
You’ll want to make sure you have all the tools you’ll need to start baking first. Set up your kitchen with baking essentials, and you’ll be ready for most simple recipes.
Most baking recipes require tools like:
a rolling pin
a clean countertop
a good mixer
an apron or cloth to wipe off doughy hands
a well-stocked pantry with flour, sugar, baking powder, milk, and spices
Make a list of essentials and get set up for beginner baking success.
2. Look for a baking mentor or acquaintance who knows how to bake
Your first impulse may be to start surfing the web. But before you do, consider whether there are resources you may not have considered. Many of us have loved ones who love to bake. Having your aunt, niece, brother, dad, or cousin on Facetime to ask about pointers can be a great way to connect and to learn any family baking secrets you might not have known about. It’s also special to make your first baking project a family recipe or to reinforce a friendship by asking for baking tips or tried-and-tested recipes.
3. Find a baking community online
If you don’t have a family member or friend who loves to bake, take an online baking class for beginners. If you do find a baking friend, try signing up for a baking class together. Boomerang offers great opportunities to connect with other beginner bakers and professional mentors through our online baking classes. The best part about taking a baking class is the live support you’ll get while making your first recipe, and the laughs along the way when you realize how lost you may have been without your new friends guiding you through the process. You’ll also have a chance to make more complicated beginner baking recipes since you'll have the help of professionals as you go along. Now that’s sweet!
4. Use the internet as your ultimate beginner baking resource
The best part about Googling your most pressing baking questions is that you can ask anything. We know that it can feel embarrassing to call a friend or ask an instructor the difference between baking soda and baking powder. So why not look it up yourself?
Here are some quick tips for seeking recipes and beginner baking resources online:
Make a note of bakers you like to follow in the future.
5. Find the perfect beginner baking recipe
The simplicity of holding a paper recipe in your hand that has been passed down and perfected through generations is a special thing. But it’s also exciting to have access to thousands of brilliant recipes online. Read recipe reviews to see what other people have experienced. Just like in our online baking classes, you’ll see if someone else found a way to make chewier cookies, or useful warnings to cut down on baking time from someone else who burned their bundt cake. Other beginner baker’s mistakes can become useful lessons.
Where can I get started as a beginner baker online?
If you’re unsure of where to begin, we’ve provided some great resources below, including tools for baking beginners, easy recipes to start with, and online resources to help get you started on a path to baking bliss.
The perfect baking toolkit is incredibly simple! Search for baking tools for beginners on YouTube to help guide you through everything you’ll need, and how to use each item.
As you get started in beginner baking, you’ll want to create a skill set that includes all the most delicious and classic recipes. You can easily do this by searching for various lists online that feature recipes every beginner baker should master first.
At Boomerang, our beginner baking classes cover fun beginner baking projects that bring out your inner kid, classy beginner baking recipes for delicious cardamom buns, and much more. Sign up for Boomerang to gain access to these workshops, and more!
Wondering about savoury recipes for beginner bakers? Try classics like a simple no-knead bread, baklava, and overnight focaccia. Perfect if you’re not such a sweet tooth.
Connect with the Boomerang baking community
If you’re looking to start something new, you’ve come to the right place. Boomerang’s online classes cover everything from beginner at-home cheese making to mastering a beautiful ricotta cake. Whether you’re looking to create a special dessert to celebrate a birthday, hoping to learn the art of beginner bread baking, or you simply want to connect with a community of beginner bakers online, we’re here to start a new journey with you. Join our weekly discussion group for more tips, ideas, and answers to your most pressing baking queries. Sign up for our Boomerang newsletter for regular updates, and stay tuned for upcoming baking workshops where you can learn new skills and master the art of baking.
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