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How to patch pie dough

Unbaked pie crust

The dough for pie crusts isn’t difficult to make, but it can be tricky to perfect. The idea crust will come from a dough that has visible chunks of butter (or of shortening) still in it after cutting in the fat. These fat deposits are what make pie dough extra tender (from shortening) or flaky (from butter) during baking. When the dough is rolled out ... Read More »

Macadamia Oatmeal Lace Cookies

Macadamia Oatmeal Lace Cookies

Lace cookies get their name from the fact that the cookies look like lace: delicate, thin and with a lot of holes. Lace cookies were one of the first types of cookie that I baked with regularity. Regular oatmeal cookies and chocolate chip cookies were very high on the list, too, but lace cookies appealed to me because the ingredient list was very short and ... Read More »

Field Guide to Cookies

Field Guide to Cookies

Field Guide to Cookies is a little book that promises to deliver instructions on “How to Identify and Bake Virtually Every Cookie Imaginable” in its subtitle. That is a tall order for a pocket-sized volume to fill. The book is part of a series of “field guides” by Quirk Publishing. All the books are set up in a style similar to that of a “real” ... Read More »

Homemade Limeade

Homemade Limeade

Limeade isn’t nearly as common as lemonade, but everyone I know that is a fan of the lemon juice drink is at least as appreciative of limeade, if not moreso. The drinks are virtually the same – lemon/lime juice, sugar, water and ice – but limeade is a bit brighter and tangier than lemonade. It often tastes less sweet than lemonade, even with the same ... Read More »

Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Bars

Today was the first cool (ok, cool-ish) day of the fall out in my neck of the woods and it seemed like the perfect excuse to bring out a fall favorite: pumpkin pie. I love the spicy sweet taste of pumpkin pie, and the smooth texture of a well-made one. Last year, I came up with a chocolate variation on my pumpkin pie that was ... Read More »

Halloween Gingerbread House Kit

Halloween Gingerbread Haunted House

Gingerbread houses are crafts normally associated with Christmas, not with Halloween. This is only because gingerbread itself is a treat that sees seasonal, not because a gingerbread house in and of itself is a yuletide item. In fact, I think that gingerbread houses can be quite spooky and lend themselves very well to the construction of an edible haunted house. After all – the witch ... Read More »

Snickers Rockin’ Nut Road Bars, reviewed

Snickers Rockin’ Nut Road

Part of me wants to believe that Halloween season just kicked into gear, but the retail reality is that Halloween decorations have been on the shelves for at least a couple of weeks, and there are already some Christmas displays going up (taking up space that, in my opinion, should still be devoted to Halloween). No matter. Halloween is still one of my favorite holidays ... Read More »

Rolling Pin Rings

Rolling Pin Rings

When you want to achieve an even thickness for pastry or dough, a rolling pin is going to be the only way to go. Because it covers a much larger area than your palms or fingers can, it is not only easier to stretch out your dough, but it is easier to evenly distribute pressure over the dough and make sure it’s an even thickness. ... Read More »

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