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Trader Joe’s Organic Unsweetened Flake Coconut, reviewed

Trader Joe's Organic Unsweetened Flake Coconut

In the baking aisle, the most commonly found coconut is sweetened, shredded coconut. This soft, fluffy coconut is and was the gold standard for baking. But it isn’t the only coconut option out there. Trader Joe’s recently added an Organic Unsweetened Flake Coconut to their line of baking products and it’s an affordable and easy-to-find alternative to the traditional sweetened stuff. This coconut is made ... Read More »

Buttercream Dreams: Small Cakes, Big Scoops, and Sweet Treats

Buttercream Dreams: Small Cakes, Big Scoops, and Sweet Treats

There is nothing like a cupcake to perk you up on a day when you’re feeling a big down – or put an even bigger smile on your face when you’re already having a good day! Though cupcakes were certainly a trendy food in the past couple of years, these little cakes aren’t just a flash in the pan. Everyone loves a good cupcake and ... Read More »

Strawberry Clafoutis

Strawberry Clafoutis

Clafoutis is a wonderful dessert to bake when you have fresh fruit in the kitchen. The classic French dessert is halfway between a custard and a cake in consistency, with the slice-ability of a cake and the eggy richness of a custard. Clafoutis are traditionally made with cherries, but can be made with any type of fruit, including pears, plums and strawberries. This Strawberry Clafoutis ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Homemade Baked Beans

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Homemade Baked Beans

Baked beans are a wonderful addition to just about any barbecue or cookout. They pair well with everything from roast chicken to hot dogs – and everything in between. Most of us eat baked beans that come out of a can, though occasionally we dress them up by adding in a few additional ingredients, such as peppers or bacon. If you have a lot of ... Read More »

Banana Rum Bundt Cake with Rum Glaze

Banana Rum Bundt Cake with Rum Glaze

When you taste a lot of rum, you begin to realize that it has a lot of complexity to it – just like wine, beer and coffee do, if you take a bit of extra time to learn what you’re looking for. While rums are made from molasses and sugar cane juice, the region where the sugar cane was grown, as well as both the ... Read More »

Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour, reviewed

Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour, reviewed

As gluten free baking becomes ever more popular, the gluten free options at the grocery store have continued to improve. Where once you could only find a few gluten free “flours” and had to experiment with the ratios between them in your own kitchen, now you can choose from dozens of different flour blends and a variety of gluten free mixes. While a cake mix ... Read More »

Perfect Measure Measuring Spoons

Perfect Measure Measuring Spoons

Every baker has a few sets of measuring spoons in his or her kitchen, as do most cooks – even if they stay away from the oven. You use them for everything from measuring out baking soda and cinnamon for a batch of cookies to scooping out a bit of flour to thicken a gravy. I have measuring spoons in all shapes and sizes. While ... Read More »

Cherry Breakfast Bread

Cherry Breakfast Bread

Many diners offer a selection of different types of toast with their breakfast dishes. I recently ate breakfast at a diner that gave you a few options besides the usual choice of “white, wheat or sourdough.” Their options included homemade blueberry and banana breads, as well as toast. These breads were moist, tender quick breads that were served in generous wedges, rather than the slices ... Read More »

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