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Cacao nibs have gone from a relatively unknown ingredient to something that is regularly stocked on store shelves in the baking aisle over the last year or two. The same can be said of specialty flours, like spelt and buckwheat. Fresh from the Oven used two of these once-uncommon ingredients in a delicious looking batch of Nibby Buckwheat Cookies. The cacao nibs add some chocolate ... Read More »

Acorn Cakelet Pan

Acorn Cakelet Pan

Acorns are not plentiful in my neck of the woods. There is a walnut tree near my year, so around this time of year I notice an upsurge in the number of squirrels attempting to bury things in my yard, however. I picture this pan as being a kind of  homage to nut-gathering animals everywhere. The Acorn Cakelet Pan makes 18 mini muffin-sized cakes shaped ... Read More »

Candy corn blog and candy corn baking

Like candy corn? I know I like to have a couple of pieces here and there during the fall season, and enjoy them enough to have created a cookie inspired by and decorated like candy corn. But unless you spend your spare time trying to make your own candy corn, you probably aren’t as big a fan of candy corn as the blogger behind Sweet ... Read More »

Pink Ribbon Cookie Kit

October is national breast cancer awareness month, and although the month is drawing to a close, the idea behind it is to draw attention to breast cancer research and gain support for it throughout the year. There are fundraisers and walks to participate in, but as with most things, the best way to start out is to start small, with family and friends. A batch ... Read More »

Salted Maple Caramel Apples

Salted Caramel Apples

Candy making is more difficult than both cooking and baking, and being a good chef or baker doesn’t guarantee that you’re going to have success as a candymaker. Sugar is finicky, and recipes can go wrong with nothing more than a change in air temperature or humidity levels. This is why, even though I love to indulge in a caramel apple on occasion, I would ... Read More »

World Series Baking Gear

The Philadelphia Phillies are ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays 3-to-1 so far in the World Series, with game five scheduled for later tonight. The Rays might make a comeback and hang in for at least another game. The Phillies might knock one – or more – out of the park and end up taking the pennant home. No matter who you want to win, ... Read More »

Baking for All Occasions

Baking for All Occasions

I bake just about every day. Others bake only on occasion, usually for birthdays or holidays, and there are a lot of cookbooks dedicated to providing recipes specifically for these special occasions. Special occasions need special recipes, right? Flo Braker’s newest cookbook, Baking for All Occasions aims to open the eyes of bakers everywhere to the fact that all occasions can be special and you ... Read More »

Why you need a cake cover

Airtight containers are idea for storing baked goods and keeping them fresh. They keep moisture in and unwanted things out. And when I say unwanted things, I include nosy pets that can’t resist trying to taste your cake when your back is turned. Plastic wrap will keep moisture in your baked goods, too, but you can’t beat a good sturdy cake cover for resilience in ... Read More »

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