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E-learning

Learing with DUOLINGO is fun and attractive, you can earn points and achievements. It is like a game, learn multiple languages with it.

Do download it, very nice app to learn.


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Cake baking recipie

Step 1: Prepare Baking Pans

Nobody wants their cake to stick to the pan, so it's important to prep your pans before pouring in the batter. With the exception of angel food and chiffon cakes, most recipes call for greasing and flouring the pan or lining the pan with waxed or parchment paper.

As for knowing what type of baking pan to use, our Test Kitchen prefers shiny pans for achieving a golden appearance. If you use a dark or dull-finish pan, reduce the oven temperature by 25°F and check doneness 3 to 5 minutes early to prevent overbrowning.

Step 2: Allow Ingredients to Reach Room Temperature

Many recipes require ingredients such as eggs and butter to stand at room temperature. This allows the butter to blend easily with other ingredients and the eggs will yield a higher cake volume. (For food safety reasons, don't leave the eggs at room temperature for more time than specified in the recipe.)

Test Kitchen Tip: Never use melted butter when softened butter is called for. It will ruin the cake texture.

Step 3: Preheat the Oven

When a cake bakes too quickly it can develop tunnels and cracks, too slowly and it can be coarse. Let your oven preheat for at least 10 minutes, and use an oven thermometer ($7, Target) to make sure it reaches the proper temperature. If you're using dark cake pans, you'll want to reduce the oven temperature called for in your recipe by 25°F.

Step 4: Stir Together Dry Ingredients

Dry ingredients usually include flour, baking powder and/or baking soda, and salt. Rather than adding each dry ingredient individually to the batter, whisk ($8, Crate & Barrel) them together in a bowl beforehand. That way you know the ingredients are equally distributed throughout the batter.

Step 5: Add Eggs One at a Time

Add eggs (or egg whites) one at a time, beating well after each. Their protein creates structure around air bubbles to maintain texture.

Test Kitchen Tip: Break eggs individually into a custard cup or small bowl first. This way if you get shell fragments, you can easily fish them out of the cup rather than try to get them out of the batter.

Step 6: Alternate Adding Dry and Wet Ingredients

Alternate between adding some of the flour mixture and some of the milk (or other liquid specified in the recipe) to the butter-egg-sugar mixture, beating on low speed after each addition until combined. Begin and end with the flour mixture. This is because when liquid is mixed into flour, gluten begins to form. Too much gluten makes for a tough cake, so be sure to start and finish with flour, and not overmix once you add liquid.

Step 7: Pour Batter into Pans and Bake

Divide the batter evenly between the baking pans. Use an offset spatula ($16, Target) to spread the batter in an even layer. Be sure to spread it to the pan edge. Bake your cake according to your recipe's directions.

Step 8: Check Cake for Doneness

Overbaked cake equals dry cake and no one wants that. Start checking the cake for doneness after the recipe's stated minimum baking time, avoiding opening the oven door until it's time to prevent letting the heat escape. For creamed cakes, insert a wooden toothpick near the center of the cake. If the pick comes out clean (with only a crumb or two on it), the cake is done. If there is any wet batter on it, bake the cake for a few minutes more and test in a new spot with a new toothpick.

Step 9: Cool the Cake

Let the cakes cool in the pans on a wire rack ($15, Bed Bath & Beyond) for 10 minutes maximum. To remove from the pans, run a knife around the edges of the cake to loosen it from the sides. Place a wire rack over the top of the cake and flip the pan. Lift the pan off the cake, being careful not to tear the edges of the cake. If you used waxed or parchment paper, gently peel the paper off the cake.

Step 10: Assemble the Cake

To avoid crumbs in your frosting, brush the cake layers with a pastry brush ($8, Williams Sonoma) before assembling. Spread about ½ cup of frosting over the first layer, then carefully top with the next layer. Repeat until the cake is assembled.

Step 11: Frost and Decorate

Using an offset spatula or table knife, generously spread the remaining frosting over the top and sides of the cake, swirling as you go. Once the cake is completely covered, go back and add more swirls as desired. Serve the cake within 2 hours or refrigerate to store.


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EARTH DAY 2021

Earth Day 2021: Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 every year. The day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

Several agencies and governments organise special events to spread awareness among masses about climate change and global warming. The day inspires us to act towards the protection of the environment and focus on the need for conservation. 

The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22 in 1970. It became a topic of discussion after more than 20 million Americans took to the streets to protest against environmental ignorance by the government. Since then, it has been an annual event. 

The theme of Earth Day 2021 is to 'Restore Our Earth'. It focuses on adopting natural processes and emerging eco-friendly technologies that can restore ecosystems. 

"Earth Day is symbolic of all that we are aiming to do to make this world a better place for future generations. We should celebrate this every day. Every day is Earth Day," Amit Banka of Wenaturalists said.

Meanwhile, Google Doodle wished all a Happy Earth Day 2021 on the occasion of Earth Day. Today's Doodle is an animation that seeks to highlight plantation can make out future brighter.

"With people spending more time at home, searches involving “houseplants” reached record highs over the past year. This #EarthDay, Latinx With Plants shows us how you can liven up your space with houseplants," Google said in a tweet.

Earth Day is recognised as the largest civic event in the world.


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