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Reynolds Fun Shapes Baking Cups

Reynolds Fun Shapes Baking Cups

Reynolds Fun Shapes Bakware are a line of small, shaped pans sold as disposable bakeware by Reynolds. I would venture to say that the little aluminum pans are a variation on traditional paper muffin cups, rather than a completely new concept in bakeware. No matter what you call them, however, a really versatile product. The pans come in star and heart shapes, as well as ... Read More »

Vanilla Brown Butter Cupcakes

Vanilla Brown Butter Cupcakes

Browned butter is easy to make and is a great way to infuse flavor into different baked goods. It has a rich, toasty flavor that is just delicious. The primary difference in working with browned butter instead of plain butter is that most cake and cookie recipes call for solid, softened butter. Browned butter can change the texture, as well as the mixing method, for ... Read More »

The Modern Baker

The Modern Baker

One of the realities of living in this day and age is that there aren’t always enough hours in the day. We have new technologies and tools – compared to, for instance, our grandmothers – to make our lives easier. And this includes making our lives easier in the kitchen. Baking from scratch at home is one of the most rewarding things you can do, ... Read More »

Strawberry Curd

A curd is a thick, sweet-tart type of sauce that is typically made with citrus juice, eggs and butter. It is known for being rich in flavor, with a very silky texture. I call it a sauce for lack of a better category, as curds are much thicker than most sauces (rather pudding-like). This version of a curd almost doesn’t fit the description above at ... Read More »

Quick and Easy Cinnamon Bun Bread

Quick and Easy Cinnamon Bun Bread, sliced

A hot cinnamon bun dripping with icing and sticky with brown sugary sweetness is one of life’s great indulgences. I like making them at home from time to time, but many prefer to buy them as a treat when they’re out and about. There is something to be said for buying them from a coffee shop or bakery, too. You get instant gratification and portion ... Read More »

Corn syrup vs. golden syrup

Corn syrup is a syrupy sweetener that is made through the production of cornstarch. In fact, when it was first introduced to the public over 100 years ago, it was often sold as a health food because it originally came from corn. The sweetener is primarily glucose and has a very mild flavor. It inhibits crystallization and, as a result, is very useful in the ... Read More »

A record setting birthday cake

Lots of candles!

At your last birthday, someone made a joke about the number of candles on the cake being a fire hazard. It doesn’t matter if there are two candles or eighty two – there’s just one at every party, isn’t there? But every once in a while, even the most hackneyed joke comes close to being true. A new Guinness World Record was just set for ... Read More »

Funnel Pitchers

Funnel Pitcher

Getting batter from the bowl to the baking pan is not always an easy task. Thicker batters, or doughs with a thick consistency, are actually pretty easy to handle at this stage. Cookie dough can be scooped and shaped with relative ease before being plopped onto a pan. Muffin and cake batters, on the other hand, can make quite a mess when you try to ... Read More »

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