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Practice Makes Perfect
No one is born knowing how to be a master baker. We all have to learn skills and make mistakes. Choose a single recipe that you like the look of and follow it to the letter. When you're just starting out, it's worth following recipes religiously, although when you become more confident recipes can become just guidelines and inspiration for your own ideas. In the beginning however, you need to be sure that following the right recipe will give the desired results. Practice that initial recipe a couple of times and note down what went right and what you can improve on. This way you'll be able to perfect the recipe more quickly.
Gaining Confidence
Once you've found a recipe that suits you , why not try out a couple of different recipes for the same baked good? If your family is particularly fond of chocolate chip cookies or strawberry cheesecake, find a few different recipes for these things and ask your children and partner to compare them with a taste test. Get a notebook and fill it with recipes that have really worked for you so you don't forget them and can find them easily if needed. Once you've gained a bit of confidence and experience, don't hesitate to experiment. Recipes can be changed and adapted to suit your needs as you get better at baking.

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