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MEANING OF BAKING TERMS
Beat: Blend ingredients rapidly by using a brisk whipping or stirring motion.
Blend: Mix two or more ingredients together thoroughly.
Stir: Blend ingredients with a circular motion of the spoon until all ingredients are well blended.
Fold: Combine ingredients by cutting vertically down through the mixture with a spatula or spoon and gently lifting a portion of the mixture to a new spot, at the same time turning the bowl to cut and fold in a new spot.
Cut in: Work shortening into flour or other dry ingredients with a pastry blender or two knives in a crisscross cutting motion.
Knead: Fold dough over toward you, press down lightly with palm of hand and push dough away from you. Then give dough a quarter of a turn and repeat.
Brush: Cover lightly with fat, cream or beaten egg (according to recipe). Apply with pastry brush, waxed paper or cloth.
Boil vigorously: Cook until bubbles cover the entire cooking surface.
Cool: Let stand at room temperature until no longer warm to touch.
Spreading consistency: The stage at which a frosting will hold its shape when spread on cake.