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Hershey and Callebaut join up

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While everyone has their favorite, the Swiss chocolate maker Callebaut is widely considered to be the gold standard of chocolate around the world. Hershey’s, by contrast, is – to put it as delicately as possible – usually not mentioned in the same sentence, though the brand is a big seller and has many fans. Chocolate aficionados may therefore be surprised to hear that The Hershey ... Read More »

Black Cherry Sour Cream Muffins

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After I pulled this batch of muffins out of the oven, I immediately thought that I should have made muffin-tops instead of the whole muffin. The tops were perfectly domed, rising up nicely over the top of the muffin tin, and had a slightly crisp top, thanks to some sugar sprinkled on before baking. Then I tasted one of the slightly cooled muffins and was ... Read More »

Wheat Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I don’t do too much wheat free/gluten free baking because I don’t have much call to do so. None of my close friends or family members have a gluten intolerance and only a few avoid carbs, so I tend to bake ordinary, wheat-filled breads, cookies and cakes almost exclusively. Note the word “almost”. These cookies are wheat free, made especially for a friend whose new ... Read More »

Favorite first cookbooks

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There is something to be said for the old staple cookbooks, like the Joy of Cooking, Fanny Farmer, Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book, all of which have been cited (repeatedly) as must-haves for the home cook because they are books that you can turn to again and again. But just because these books have been around for quite some time, that doesn’t mean that ... Read More »

Preslice a banana – without peeling it!

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Bananas are not exactly an exciting fruit, although seeing cartoon characters slip on banana peels can be quite funny. That said, there is one fun trick out there that involves a banana and can be used to impress your friends, family and coworkers. It involves slicing a banana into pieces while it is still completely encased in its peel. Preslicing just takes some careful work ... Read More »

Vote for Baking Bites!

Baking Bites was nominated for the “Best Food Blog” in this year’s Blogger’s Choice Awards! As of writing this, the blog with the most votes in the food blog category has just under 250 votes, and I know that we can do better than that! So, I’d like to take a moment to encourage all of you readers to head over and vote by clicking this link ... Read More »

CI’s best kitchen tools

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Cooks Illustrated is known for their willingness to exhaustively test different recipes,  ingredient combinations and kitchen gadgets in their pursuit of the very best. When it comes to their recipes, I have been known to disagree with them from time to time when their perceptions of what a recipe should be differ from my own, but they tend to be very close to the mark on the ... Read More »

Red Velvet Roll Cake

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When it comes to baking, no matter how many batches of chocolate chip cookies I make, I’m just not quite a traditionalist. If I were, I would have made a basic red velvet layer cake by now, instead of making red velvet cupcakes, red velvet sandwich cookies and, now, a red velvet roll cake. That said, I’m not exactly on the cutting edge of innovation, ... Read More »

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