Rienks re­moves the in­tim­i­da­tion fac­tor by ‘Bak­ing It Easy’

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Ask Meghan Rienks of Tastemade’s “Bak­ing It Easy With Meghan Rienks” what tools ev­ery baker should have and she’ll have a suc­cinct an­swer.

“Def­i­nitely some­one to wash your dishes,” the na­tive Cal­i­for­nian says, “or a re­ally big sink so you can wash your own dishes. But I highly rec­om­mend hav­ing who­ever you’re feed­ing your food to to give them the job of the dishes. That’s been one of the great­est helps of mine.”

In the re­cently pre­miered se­ries that streams new episodes Tues­days on Face­book Watch’s Tastemade chan­nel, the ac­tress, en­tre­pre­neur and self-taught baker uses hu­mor and her quirky per­son­al­ity to teach the ba­sics of bak­ing, with which view­ers can un­lock the key to the most ex­trav­a­gant and in­tim­i­dat­ing recipes.

In each episode, she gives step-by-step in­struc­tions on a spe­cific tech­nique that she then uses to cre­ate a dessert, thus giv­ing even the novice the con­fi­dence to step out of their com­fort zone and tackle the most in­tri­cate cakes and flaki­est crois­sants.

In the open­ing episode ti­tled “Don’t Be a Hot Mess,” she shares a tip on how to make a six-layer cake from three lay­ers, us­ing a din­ner knife, a cake knife and tooth­picks to per­fectly bi­sect one layer into two level ones and cre­ate a cake with­out lean – a trick that is more dif­fi­cult than it might seem.

“That’s prob­a­bly the num­ber one ques­tion that I get from peo­ple,” Rienks says, “and it was one of the hardest things for me to learn how to make. ... Even now when I make cakes for my friends, that’s the most im­pres­sive but it’s the thing that takes the most prac­tice. And even now, ev­ery time I do it you have like this hold­ing-you-breath, hop­ing-it-goes-well kind of a thing.

“But when you break it down,” she con­tin­ues, “the more of­ten that you do it, even once you have all th­ese tips and tricks and steps ... it is those tech­ni­cal­i­ties and those lit­tle tips and tricks that make it so much eas­ier. And it was cool be­cause I was able to sit down with them and be like, ‘Th­ese are things that I do when it comes to layer cakes. Th­ese are things that I have found re­ally help­ful.’ And then I was even learn­ing cer­tain things in there and it just makes it so it doesn’t be­come this like huge ob­sta­cle that you’re like, ‘Oh, I could never do that.’

“When you break it down, even if it does seem a lit­tle com­pli­cated it seems a lit­tle bit more at­tain­able and doable.”

In other episodes, Rienks makes sev­eral kinds of cook­ies from sugar cookie dough, a cherry pie, a fruit bundt cake, a roll cake, mac­a­roons and works with tem­pered choco­late.

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