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Introduction to writing recipes for nonprofessionals

You might find the need to write a recipe of a dish you made or a cookie that you did bake but don’t know how, if you are not a chef or you didn’t study culinary arts and need to write a recipe but don’t know how, these following tips will help you and ease the complications that you might face.


The first thing you need to take into consideration is culinary ratios, if you do not know what culinary ratios are you need to look into it.

Culinary ratios are very important especially in pastries and bakeries, and it’s a fixed proportion of an ingredient relevant to the other, so instead of using cups, tsp etc.. for measuring, the recipe is defined in parts that are relative to each other’s quantity.


So lets talk cookies for example, its culinary ratio is 3:2:1 these numbers stand for the parts that creates the cookie, and they are 3 parts of flour, 2 parts butter, 1 part sugar.

If we add three cups of flour we need two cups of butter and one cup of sugar.


Once you know how culinary rations works, everything coming up is going to be a peace of cake.


Next you need to know what actual recipes that you should write, as re-writing an already existent recipe won’t be of much use.


A new recipe doesn’t have to be a totally new product that is being introduced, a new recipe might be a one where you add a new ingredient to it, or use fewer ingredients or even a new technique or a tool to be used.


For many this inspiration of a new recipe will always be just an idea, after researching it and making sure that it’s a totally new recipe, steps to make the idea come to life will be taken, these steps are called the trial and error phase.


For example if an idea of a pie with some extent of crunchy crust did pop up in your mind, you need to try different items, tools, and equipment to reach out to the desired outcome you long have imagined.


The most important thing during this phase is the visualization element, as a lot of people even professional chefs do fall in a loophole of making the same steps desiring a different outcome because they didn’t visualize what they did earlier.


Lets make another cookie example, you did prepare the dough but you forgot to note out how many minutes you left it in refrigerator, or on what temperature you instantly put into oven, this will lead you to making the same steps over and over again, so instead you have to write them in order for you to visualize these steps and make amendments to them.


Now you finally reached to the ultimate recipe, and you did succeed in making the idea you long have imagined come to reality, it’s time to start writing the recipe.

Here the visualization drafts come handy as you will start arranging these shattered ideas into more easy to follow steps and guidelines.


First you should write the ingredients in order, since we were talking cookies earlier lets type its list of ingredients

1- Flour

2- Butter

3- Sugar

Also if the recipe consists of more than one major step, keep the ingredients of each step separate, for example keep the ingredients for the cookie filling separated from the cookie ingredient.


Second list the steps of the recipe in order with the ingredients list order and make it clear and well explained.

So for example “adding 2 parts butter & 1 part of sugar to the 3 parts of flour and stir well for 5 minutes”

Or put in the oven on 180° for 28 minutes.


Another important thing is to add tools in which they will be used and their features as this is a very crucial element in making the recipe.


Last step is to add how this item well be stored, in order for it to keep its good taste and texture for the longest period


These are easy tips that if followed you will be able to write your own recipe.



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