Six Tips for Quicker Baking (very useful for nap-time projects)

Six Tips for Quicker Baking (very useful for nap-time projects)

It has long been a joke among my friends and family that I bake for an army whenever anyone comes over to my house. I really did not want having littles to change this too much, so I had to adapt and be much quicker in the kitchen. Nap-time baking can go horribly wrong, but I've only had a few ruined projects. So far, I've still managed to provide the expected amount (too much) of baked goods for most special occasions by being strategic about a few things while I bake. Here are a few tips!

  1. Counter Strike! Before you pick up a bowl or measuring spoon try to ensure you have a tidy counter, clean sink, and an empty(ish) dishwasher. Of course, this makes cleaning up as you go along much more doable, but I also find it so much easier to focus on my recipe if the space is free from clutter. 
  2. Set-up and Prep-up! Preheat oven and assemble all ingredients and equipment together before starting the recipe. I try to do a ton of my prep work before starting. This way, if I'm interrupted by a crying baby I can stop and then start again when I'm able. 
  3. Rag-time! Keep a damp towel close to wipe up spills as they happen. I end up with waaay less mess at the end if I make sure any spills are addressed immediately. 
  4. Spoons, spoons, everywhere! Get dollar store measuring spoons and cups, so you have a few in each size! (Many recipes require lots of 1 tsp ingredients, so it slows you down to have to clean spoons and cups in between additions)
  5. Made to measure! Keep most-used measuring cups/spoons inside your basic ingredient containers--use containers that are easy to measure-from. I keep both one whole cup and one half cup in my flour and white sugar containers and a 1/2 cup in my brown sugar. 
  6. Super soaker! Whenever you are done with the first bowl or liquid measuring cup, fill it with warm soapy water and toss in used spoons/beaters/whisks as you finish with them. Usually then you can just rinse and toss them in the dishwasher at the end. 

What are your tips for fast baking while the kiddos sleep? Have any of these worked for you? Any suggestions for yummy recipes that can be completed in a single nap?

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