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9 Ways to Be a Better Baker in 2015

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Every week, baking expert Alice Medrich will be going rogue on Food52 -- with shortcuts, hacks, and game-changing recipes.

Today: Last year, you made a commitment to be a better baker in 2014. Since we know resolutions can be hard, we're reminding you of what you agreed to last year, and we're adding a few more goals for 2015, too. 


It's hard to resist the temptation to make New Year's resolutions. Next year, you'll eat more greens, wake up to see the sunrise, spend more time visiting family, and keep up with the news. But hey, that sounds eerily similar to what you were going to do this year, doesn't it?

Finally, we've come up with a resolution you can keep: in 2015, you're going to be a better baker. With a little help from baking expert Alice Medrich, you're going to make the best whipped cream of your life. You're going to bake cookies in big batches without get frustrated. You're even going to melt white chocolate without scorching it

Along the way, you're going to save time, save money (and splurge on what counts), and eat more chocolate. Because who says "eat more chocolate" can't be a legitimate New Year's resolution? 

1. Commit to measuring ingredients with a scale.


2. Incorporate more flavorful flours (au revoir, all-purpose!).


3. Waste less.


4. Make more desserts with olive oil.

  • Use olive oil in place of butter in a pound cake.

  • Make a custard where olive oil subs in for the milk or cream (bonus: it takes only six minutes and is a great use for your Meyer lemons).


5. Save time.


6. Save money.


7. Splurge where it counts. 


8. Eat more chocolate.


9. Don't forgo dessert just because you don't have all day to bake.

Photos by James Ransom

What are your best baking tips? Share them with us in the comments below! 

Tags: baking, desserts, chocolate, new year's resolutions, holiday

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