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Giant Hostess Cupcake, step-by-step

giant hostess cupcake, innards

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a fan of the Pimp That Snack website, where people submit their supersized versions of conventionally smaller snack foods, so when a good friend of mine asked me if I could rework my Devil’s Food Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Filling into a giant Hostess cupcake lookalike, I didn’t hesitate before agreeing to give it a shot. The result is the cake ... Read More »

Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey: Desserts for the Serious Sweet Tooth

I was sold on this book the moment I read the title. With a name like Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey: Desserts for the Serious Sweet Tooth, how could any dessert-lover resist? The book has 75 recipes divided into four chapters: chocolate, puddings, cakes/cookies/pies and over-the-top treats. The recipes seem to be skewed to the chocolate chapter and all are named with the same creativity that ... Read More »

Parmesan Potato Bread

parmesan potato bread loaf

 Potato bread was always one of my favorite types of bread. Even way back in elementary school, when I always hoped to find it on my PB&J sandwiches, I knew the taste and texture of the bread if not the name. Potato bread is just what is sounds like: bread that is made with potato in it. Now, we’re not talking about shredded potatoes here, but about cooked ... Read More »

Rachael Ray Garbage Bowls

ray ray's garbarge bowls

If you’ve seen Rachael Ray’s 30 Minute Meals, you know that there are a couple of signature things that she has and does. Extra virgin olive oil is EVOO and spices and such always get “measured” by wide approximation. She also always has a garbage bowl, a bowl into which all of her trash – wrappers, egg shells, veggie peelings, etc – gets dumped to ... Read More »

How to measure drop cookie dough

measured cookie dough, ready to bake

 The most common type of cookie seems to be the drop cookie. Chocolate chip, oatmeal and anything else that must be scooped and dropped (hence the name) onto a baking sheet without any shaping or rolling falls into this category and, despite how prevalent they are, there is a lot of debate over how exactly you’re supposed to drop the chunks of cookie dough onto your baking ... Read More »

The best apples for making pie

Apples in Pie Crust

There are so many varieties of apples available in stores and at farmers markets these days, that it can be challenging to choose apples for baking. In the past, a baker might have reached for sweet-tart Granny Smith apples without a second thought, but there are many different kinds of apples that will work just as well, if not better, in baking pies, crisp and ... Read More »

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Muffins

peanut butter muffins with chocolate chips

Peanut butter and chocolate is a winning combination no matter how you look at it. If it weren’t, there wouldn’t be nearly so many chocolate and peanut butter confections in the candy aisle at the store. But candy isn’t the only place where you can pair these two flavors. I matched them up in this muffin recipe, adding chocolate chips to a peanut buttery muffin ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Another week, another handful of amazing recipes from other bloggers. Have you noticed that even bloggers who don’t regularly bake tend to use their oven a bit more in the fall and winter? There’s sure to be many more inspiring recipes as the weather cools down even more this season. An all-purpose cornbread recipe is always good to have on file as the weather gets colder ... Read More »

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