Which molasses should I use?

Grandma's Molasses, light and dark

Molasses is a byproduct of the sugar-making process, and is made with both sugar cane and sugar beets. Specifically, molasses is the concentrated cane syrup or beet syrup leftover when sugar crystals are extracted. The most widely available molasses is sugar cane molasses because it is often used in baking. It comes in three varieties: light, dark and blackstrap. When sugar cane is being processed ... Read More »

Pumpkin Cupcake Pan

We’re heading into crunch time when Halloween is concerned, and if you want to get into the pumpkin-decorating spirit without carving open a big squash, a cute Pumpkin Cupcake Pan just might fit the bill. This is a standard muffin tin that has pumpkin-shaped depressions around each muffin cup. When you batter rises – whether you’re baking a cupcake or a high-rising muffin – it ... Read More »

Chocolate Chip and Candied Ginger Muffins

Chocolate Chip and Candied Ginger Muffins

While I generally prefer my muffins to have fruit or nuts in them, I do like a muffin with a bit of chocolate in it from time to time as more of a treat. Chocolate chips are always on hand and are so easy to stir into a batch of muffins to get a chocolate fix early in the day. In my kitchen, I actually ... Read More »

S’mores: Gourmet Treats For Every Occasion

S'mores: Gourmet Treats For Every Occasion

Who doesn’t enjoy a freshly made s’more, with toasty, caramelized marshmallow melting into milk chocolate and delivered in between two crisp graham crackers? I know that I do, and I like the combination enough to experiment a bit with different variations on the theme, too. S’mores: Gourmet Treats For Every Occasion is a cookbook dedicated to the s’more and to creating tasty variations on it. ... Read More »

Root Beer Brownies

Dr Brown's Root Beer

Beer is a major ingredient in a lot of recipes. Guinness, in particular – not to mention other dark stouts – works its way into quite a few baked goods. It pairs especially well with chocolate because of its naturally dark, chocolaty flavor, so Guinness Cupcakes and Guinness Chocolate Cake are fairly common. Guinness Brownies are not seen quite as often, but work for much ... Read More »

What is pastry flour?

KA pastry flour

Cake flour, all purpose flour and bread flour are the three types of flour that you’ll most often see when reading through recipes. Once in a while, you might notice a wild card and see that a recipe calls for pastry flour, instead. Pastry flour is a high-starch and low-protein flour. It falls somewhere between the (average) 8% protein content of cake flour and the ... Read More »

Jones Soda Lemon Drop Dead, reviewed

Jones Soda Co. is known for their inventively flavored sodas and unique label designs. Their normal sodas range from Root Beer to Fufu Berry, but their most original are the holiday drinks that they put out a few times each year. The Turkey and Gravy Soda, part of the Thanksgiving and Christmas variety packs, is notorious for being a bit… adventurous, but when I saw ... Read More »

Homemade Halloween treat ideas

Halloween treats

Since it’s a Halloween “no-no” to pass out homemade treats, we’re all going to have to stick to individually wrapped candies and things when passing goodies out to trick-or-treaters. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t go the extra mile for our family and friends and cook up some really spooky homemade Halloween treats this year. If you need some Halloween cupcake ideas, you cannot ... Read More »

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