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Deep Fried Cookie Dough wins fair food contest

All fair foods get their start in one of two ways: as an idea floating in the back of someone’s mind or when someone accidentally drops something unusual in their deep fryer. The The entries this time around included seven deep fried treats: Deep Fried Latte Fried pastry topped with cappuccino ice cream, caramel sauce, whipped cream and instant coffee powder. Fried Cookie Dough Cookie ... Read More »

Do it yourself microwave popcorn

homemade popcorn

Now that “Popcorn Workers’ Lung” (more formally known as “bronchiolitis obliterans”) has been found outside of microwave popcorn production factories, the suggestion that we should avoid microwaved popcorn is all over the news. Health and safety should take precedence over snack foods, but all the same, the taste and convenience of microwave popcorn is hard to match. Fortunately, you can make your own microwave popcorn ... Read More »

Why you need a cooling rack

In just about every single recipe I write – with the possible exceptions of things that require refrigeration/freezing instead of baking – and almost all of those that I read, the instructions call for you to “cool on a wire rack” after your baked good is pulled from the oven. Cooling racks really are an essential piece of equipment for a baker. They create a ... Read More »

Slice-and-Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies

sliced, baked and ready to eat

¬†For those of you who aren’t planning to do any baking in your car anytime soon, or are fortunate enough not to have to deal with 100F+ temperatures on a regular basis, a recipe for cookies that can only be made inside a car oven might not do you much good. I’m happy to tell you that you can still bake up the delicious slice-and-bake ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Another week, another round of baked goodies that I haven’t had time to try. Hopefully at least some of you will have a go at one of these: Lemon pudding cake is one of my favorite desserts, and the Lemon Curd Cake at Alpineberry seems very similar, although in the latter dessert, lemon curd is folded into the cake batter itself, rather than left to ... Read More »

Pull-apart pans

pull-apart pans

I’m not a fan of silicone bakeware, but even I have to admit that these pull-apart pans are pretty cute. The pans are designed to bake unusually shaped cakes in pieces, which you can decorate and handle individually then put together to form a finished, shaped cake. The “pull apart” name clearly comes from the fact that you can take the cakes apart in pieces ... Read More »

Car-Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies, step by step

Last week, I drew up some guidelines to follow if you wanted to try baking cookies in your car. This past weekend, since the temperatures were well over 100F out here, I decided to give the technique a try myself. I parked my car in full sunlight in the middle of the day, sliced up some cookie dough and started to bake. I previously noted ... Read More »

Mexican Spiced Ice Blended

I’ve done it before with tortes, cakes and cookies, and given the heat, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my Labor Day than lounging around with a refreshing, mexican-spiced ice blended drink. The drink is a simple mixture of coffee, milk, ice and a chocolate/spice blend, which includes sugar, cocoa, ground chocolate and small amounts of vanilla, ancho chile powder and almond. ... Read More »

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