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What is King Cake?

King Cake

A King Cake is a large yeasted cake that is similar to a coffee cake or a kringle. It is typically made with a Danish dough that is filled with cream cheese, praline or a swirl of cinnamon sugar and twisted into a large oval shape. The cake is baked and drizzled with a white confectioners’ sugar glaze and topped with green, gold, and purple ... Read More »

6 Cakes, Pancakes and Donuts for Celebrating Mardi Gras

Homemade Beignets

Shrove Tuesday is the day before Lent, the period of fasting and prayer that preceeds Easter in many Christian traditions. It is also known as Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras (which means “Fat Tuesday” in French) and Pancake Day. While its roots may be in religion, the celebration of Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras tends to be a secular one, an excuse to eat, drink and ... Read More »

Mardi Gras Mini Donuts

Mardi Gras Mini Donuts

Donuts are actually a pretty traditional dish for celebrating Mardi Gras, which is also known as Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday, because a batch of donuts was a good way to use up ingredients like butter, sugar and other fats that were given up for observation of Lent. These Mardi Gras Mini Donuts are a nod to two Mardi Gras traditions: making donuts and King ... Read More »

Choux Temptations

Choux Temptations

Choux pastry is one of the most versatile ingredients that you can work with when it comes to pastry. It’s not difficult to make, but it is something that sounds a bit intimidating, so many people don’t jump in and try it when they could be making straightforward cookies and cupcakes. Once you’ve made it, however, you will realize just how easy it is to ... Read More »

Gluten Free Buttermilk Pancakes

Gluten Free Buttermilk Pancakes

I’ve noticed that gluten free pancakes are popping up on the menus of lots of the breakfast restaurants that I like. I am a sucker for pancakes of any kind – and I’ve been impressed with how much the gluten free pancake offerings at many of these places have improved over the years. But as is the case with most pancakes, they’re even better when ... Read More »

47th Pillsbury Bake-Off Open to Entries

Bake-Off Banner

When it was founded, the Pillsbury Bake-Off took place every year. For many years, the Pillsbury Bake-Off has been operating on a bi-annual scheduled due to the amount of entries that are received and the amount of time that it takes the Bake-Off’s full-time staff to test and evaluate those entries. The contest is the largest and most famous baking contest out there, with a ... Read More »

FDA Plans to Update Nutrition Labels

Old vs New Nutrition Labels

Nutrition labels on food packaging haven’t changed much since they were first introduced more than 20 years ago and the FDA is planning to give them a makeover to better help consumers understand what we’re eating.┬áThe new labels are going to omit or emphasize things based on how nutritionists now understand them. For instance, the “calories from fat” section will be removed, since nutritionists now ... Read More »

Arroz con Leche

Arroz Con Leche

Arroz con leche is Mexican rice pudding whose name literally means “rice with milk”. I’ve seen many versions of arroz con leche that use different kinds of rice, different kinds of sugar and different kinds of milk. Some use sweetened condensed milk, while others use regular milk. Some swear by brown rice, while others stick to white rice. To me, this means that there is ... Read More »

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