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Understanding Veganism

Is it a dietary requirement or a step towards healthy living? It could also be a passing fad for some. Vegetarianism is not new to India but being a vegan is taking it one step further. Let us first understand what comes under the vegan spectrum. All plants and plant-based food come under this term. They are broadly classified into two kinds, whole food based and raw food based.  A diet based on a wide variety of whole plant foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds is a whole food based vegan diet. Raw-food vegan diet is a vegan diet based on raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds or plant foods cooked at temperatures below 118°F.

The vegan diet is devoid of all animal products, including meat, eggs and dairy.

People generally adopt this diet for a variety of reasons, primarily a respect for the environment and kindness towards the entire animal kingdom is where all this comes from.  Whether it is ethics or environment, being vegan is not just about the diet. It is the entire thought process which shuns all form of animal products in order to exclude all forms of animal exploitation and cruelty towards them. Being a vegan is a lifestyle which reflects in their diet and their clothing too.

There has been a major debate amongst the medical experts about the health benefits of this diet. While some argue the fact that this diet is nutritionally insufficient. Many essential vitamins and proteins and various other micronutrients are not covered by a strictly plant-based diet. A vegan diet would always need supplements to be nutritionally enriching.

One of the other important argument people have is that Vegan diet restricts food choices to such an extent that it is quite challenging to put it in practice. An entire course of the meal like desserts simply vanishes from the picture for a vegan person. This, however, is not true. There are loads of informative sites online which are dedicated to vegan baking. New and innovative ingredients and recipes are developed constantly to make desserts and bakery products more inclusive of dietary choices.  The unconventional ingredients like cocoa butter, apple cider vinegar, unrefined palm sugar and jaggery are making way into a baker’s pantry.  For beginners, it is very important to understand the food science behind a cake to try and veganise a cake recipe. Switching of ingredients won’t do the trick. The main scaffolds of a good cake are structure builders, moisturizing agents and drying agents. Not every recipe can be veganised without understanding the role of each agent in it.  The new bakers are open to such experimentation and are thus reaching a wider client base. The taste, crumb structure and finish are not highly compromised. In fact, in many cases, the vegan products are healthier and tastier than its non-vegan version.

Veganism is a positive step towards respecting all other life forms and is not just limited to the food preferences. It is a complete lifestyle which teaches us to live in this world peacefully with our other co-inhabitants.

Get Ready To Be Floured

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Get Ready To Be Floured!

More wholesome alternatives to refined flour have been doing the rounds for a while now. However, replacing these substitutes as is in your recipes can be fatal for your baked goods. Here is a handy guide on using these to your perfect advantage https://m.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/05/26/gluten-free-flours_n_10025528.html

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Keep It Normal

If you’ve ever tried to make frosting or cheesecake using cold cream cheese, you already know why it’s important to let it come to room temperature. Cold cream cheese is particularly resistant to being mixed in with other ingredients, and will remain lumpy. Not the smooth, creamy texture you want in most cream cheese fillings or toppings!

Oven Secrets FHC Gurgaon

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Measure Your Treasure

Baking is a science where no guesswork is needed. Invest in a scale (it can’t hurt to have one that converts to metric). This will make your process faster requiring fewer utensils, resulting in less cleanup. You’ll not only be faster but also more effective and can experiment with your final products.

Oven Secrets FHC Gurgaon

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Miss En Place

Baking is a science and we cannot over stress the importance of having everything (including your nerves) in place before you begin baking. Mise en place is about having all of your ingredients measured, prepped, softened, melted and sifted at the very start…the secret to making your life easier in the kitchen, and come out with a stellar cake ! Stay tuned for more #OvenSecrets by #FHC

Baking Pinwheel In Gurgaon

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What’s Your Baking Position

Seem to miss a spot every time? #Bakers, position the pans and baking sheets as close to the center of the oven as possible… unless otherwise noted in your recipe. They shouldn’t touch each other or the oven walls. If your oven isn’t wide enough to put pans side by side, place them on different racks and slightly offset, to allow for air circulation. Stay tuned for more heavenly secrets by #FHC

Flavour The Flavour

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Favour The Flavour

Flavoring is an essential aspect of baking. The stage at which you incorporate flavoring agent has a direct impact on the quality of your baked good. Infusing the agent into warm liquid ingredients is the secret to retaining maximum strength of the flavor. #Bakers, here’s a quick guide on infusions and some interesting flavors combinations to work with.
Know more at https://www.craftybaking.com/howto/flavor-infuse-liquid

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Bakery Treats

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Give Them Some Suger

Did you know that sugar is more than just a sweetner in baking. Its unique texture makes it an essential ingredient for #cakes, #cookies and other baked goods.

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Whip It Up FHC

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Whip It Up

A dollop of whipped cream with cake or your favourite dessert goes a long way in making this world a better place…but keeping whipped cream stable and last longer can be tricky. We find gelatine and confectioners sugar just right for the job though you will find some more helpful alternatives in the link below. Whip away !

Know more at https://veenaazmanov.com/stabilize-whipped-cream-5-different-methods/

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Get Real

In this day and age when everything artificial gets a thumbs down why should #cakes be left behind. Make your cakes softer, healthier and yummier by replacing artificial flavours and processed sugars with real seasonal #fruits, #juices and #purees. Feel the difference in every bite. #StayTuned for more #OvenSecrets by #FHC.

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Get Ready To Be Floured
Get Ready To Be Floured!
For Heavens Cake Kitetchen
Keep It Normal
Oven Secrets FHC Gurgaon
Measure Your Treasure
Oven Secrets FHC Gurgaon
Miss En Place
Baking Pinwheel In Gurgaon
What’s Your Baking Position
Flavour The Flavour
Favour The Flavour
Bakery Treats
Give Them Some Suger
Whip It Up FHC
Whip It Up
Real Mango Treat
Get Real