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Apricot Beer Bread

  “You have to try this beer. ” “It’s only 7:30 in the morning. I think it’s a little early for that.” “Well, I didn’t mean you have to try it this instant. It’ll still be here later. But you really do have to try some. ” We open the refrigerator door. “Pyramid Apricot Ale? I used to live pretty close to their brewery, although ... Read More »

Portable ice cream sundae bar

ice cream carrier

Even though it is one of the most refreshing, most satisfying things you can eat in the summer, ice cream is not a very portable food. It melts too quickly in the heat and, unless you’re dishing it out in your kitchen and carrying each bowl outside to the yard/deck/patio, it just isn’t going to make it very far. If you do want to try ... Read More »

Walking on custard

I have a sudden craving for custard, although I don’t think I would attempt this trick myself – partially because I don’t have a pool available, but mostly because I can’t be bothered to make that much custard. via growabrain Read More »

Dealing with odd pan sizes

The vast majority of recipes are written for standard pan sizes: 8-inch square, 9-inch round, 12-inch bundt, 11×13, 9×5, etc. Pans in these sizes are available in just about any store with a baking section and if you stick with the standards, you shouldn’t have any trouble matching the size called for in a recipe to one in your collection. But cake pans come in ... Read More »

BakeSpace online

bakespace.com

It’s not all that difficult to find a group of foodies to join for cooking ideas, restaurant tips and other food-related chit chat. Not only are there sites like Chowhound and Group Recipes, but there are plenty of message boards floating around, affiliated with one website or another. Naturally, baking comes up with regularity on forums like these, but the website BakeSpacewas created specifically to give ... Read More »

Chocolate Marble Cookies

marble cookies

 By and large, cookie doughs tend to be all one flavor – usually chocolate or vanilla. It’s easy to throw some chocolate chips into cookie dough if you want to add a bit of chocolate to your baking, but since marble cakes represent one of the best ways to feature chocolate and vanilla in the same cake, why not marble two different cookie doughs to get ... Read More »

Mrs Fields 30th anniversary

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the opening of the first Mrs Fields cookie shop. The wildly successful chain was started in 1977 by Debbi Fields, whose career began with a love of baking and progressed from there. Fields, I should add, is not the grandmotherly type that so many (for whatever reason) seem to associate with the brand. She opened her first store ... Read More »

Yeasted Nectarine Coffee Cake

Yeasted Nectarine Coffee Cake, unsliced

Don’t be fooled by the cake-like appearance of the treat in the photo above, nor by the name. This coffee cake has only a slightly resemblance to the moist, dense cakes you can find in just about any coffee shop. It is actually more like a sweet bread than a cake because it is made with a yeasted dough instead of being leavened with a ... Read More »

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