How Mixing Works:
-It affects the final product. If mixed too aggressively the gluten will overdevelop in the flour. Using cake flour reduces the development of the gluten, making a more tender cake.
-Be careful when folding and mixing.
-You want consistent sizing of the foam; like boiling sugar: initially large bubbles that will get smaller and slower. With fine foaming it makes for a finer crumb.
-Cold vs. warm fat- cold will not be as smooth, not aerate as well, the mixture is not as homogenized.
-Speed of mixing- speed is friction, friction is heat. The heat of the egg foam- the warmth relaxes the proteins, allowing more air to be incorporated when whisking aggressively.
-Texture- flour makes a difference. Some flours make products dense or heavy. Starch makes them light, but has no elasticity.
-How much you mix once the moisture is added.
Creaming method- high fat cake
2 stage or 1 stage method
-1 stage- muffins
-2 stage- add oil to dry, whip egg foam, combine flour and batter, alternate liquid and dry
Low fat- have high sugar= low fat added. Light cakes, addition of meringue, make light, aerated product.
Look at method/cake to see what method to apply to them- methods render different products.
Ingredient Functions- everything has a purpose
Tougheners- when add moisture and bake they give structure, stability- flour, milk, egg proteins
Tenderizers- sugar, eggs, fat, chemical leaveners; extends shelf life
Moisteners- water, liquid, juice; necessary for gluten development
Driers- flour, corn starch, cocoa powder
Leaveners- mechanical- machine; chemical: baking soda and powder; biological: yeast; allow cake to rise- more tender and less dense
Emulsifiers- eggs- make a difference in the tenderness of a cake
-Enhance flavor profile; add another dimension to cake- Adding chocolate and coffee to buttercream significantly enhances/ chances the flavor.
-Change finished texture, mouth feel.
-Improve shelf life of product- sealing cake (French buttercream doesn’t last as long as Italian because of the presence of the egg yolks.)
Types of Finishes:
-Liquid fondant- petit fours- cooked sugar. Gives a classic finish. Important not to heat above 100 degrees: it crystallizes. At the right temperature it forms a crust and nice sheen.
-Foam type- boiled/ meringue- important not to overcook the sugar. Gives an even, smooth presentation, nice to toast.
-Fudge- grainy, heavy. Cake has to be able to support it structurally and taste wise.
-Flat/ Water Icing- used on Danishes and breakfast pastries.
-Royal/ Decorator’s Icing- egg whites and powdered sugar.
-Glazes- ganache, brushable glaze, can be mixed with caramel. Gives a clear, shiny finish with no bubbles. Is able to be poured. Stays in place when chilled.
-Rolled Coatings- marzipan, fondant, modeling chocolate.
-Fresher eggs fill the shell
-Older eggs have a larger air cell and the yolk is darker as a result of the moisture no longer being present
-Eggs are 90% moisture and 10% protein
-Yolks are 80% fat, ½ solid and ½ moisture
-Amalase in human saliva can keep custards from setting
-The foaming element in eggs is lecithin
-Frozen egg whites contain thickeners- guar gum- that allow them to foam and stay stable
-They provide a thickener
-Frozen whites contain 2 whipping agents- Triethyl Citrate and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate- that make them whip faster. They don’t aid in stabilizing
-Some places add meringue powder to whites to make them more stable
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