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Gluten-Free Baking Classics

If you have a gluten intolerance (Celiac’s), wheat is out of the question as far as your diet goes. And when wheat goes out, so does a whole category of foods: baked goods. Wheat flour is the basis of the vast majority of cakes, cookies, breads and other bakes, so it’s no surprise to hear that the inspiration for this book was to give those ... Read More »

Brown Sugar Pound Cake

Brown Sugar Pound Cake

Pound cake is perhaps the father of most modern cakes – a term which could be applied to the standard butter-sugar-flour-egg based sweet quick breads, cakes and cupcakes that we all love. The original cake was nothing more than a pound of butter, a pound of sugar, a pound of flour and a pound of eggs, mixed and baked. It dates back to the 1700s, ... Read More »

How to store leftover egg yolks and leftover egg whites

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There are plenty of recipes out there that call for only egg whites or only egg yolks. Angel food cake springs to mind as the most obvious example, since it calls for 10-12 egg whites only, but you can end up with a few leftover after making something as simple as an egg white omelette. Storing egg whites and egg yolks is simple, though the ... Read More »

Tips for prepping Easter eggs

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 Dying Easter eggs – perhaps second only to eating lots of Easter chocolate – is one of the most fun parts of the holiday. It’s something that the family can do together, or a fun art project for kids. Typically, you need to start with hard boiled eggs when dying. Raw eggs can be used, but they’re a bit more fragile than hard-boiled eggs and ... Read More »

Greasing and flouring vs. greasing a pan

Just about all cake-baking recipes, as well as those for quick breads and muffins, call for the pan to be prepped in such a way as to prevent your finished product from sticking to the inside of the pan. Nonstick cookware is supposed to do this on its own, but it’s not foolproof. Recipes recommend that you either grease your pans with butter or cooking ... Read More »

Carrot Bundt Cake

Carrot Bundt Cake

 Some cakes are classically bundt cakes. Others are classically layer cakes. Carrot cake is one that I would put firmly in the latter category. The cake is usually made to be very moist and very dense – a combination that doesn’t really make for an appetizing, tall cake. Shorter layers keep the cake from seeming too heavy and the addition of frosting to break up ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

I have come to the conclusion that I must have been deprived, to a degree, of marshmallow fluff as a child because I can’t seem to resist any dessert that features it. For instance, Cake on the Brain made a batch of Marshmallow Fluff Filled, Chocolate-Dipped Madelines. They sound like the grownup version of a moon pie or other similar marshmallow treat. Excuse the drool ... Read More »

Hotel Chocolate Engraved Easter Egg, reviewed

Hotel Chocolate Easter Egg

Hotel Chocolat’s Engraved Easter Egg is, hands down, the most beautiful chocolate Easter egg I’ve ever had. This particular egg is made of 72% dark chocolate and, while it is hollow, the shell is generously thick. It stands about 6 inches high and ships on its own little display stand. Truth be told, I was tempted just to leave it sitting around so that I ... Read More »

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