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Brittles, Barks, and Bonbons

Brittles, Barks, and Bonbons

Chocolate bark is not difficult to make. It is a type of candy, but it’s also a good example of the fact that candy doesn’t necessarily have to be incredibly difficult to make in order to be good because the basic recipe consists only of melted chocolate. It’s a great jumping off point to making your own candies at home. Brittles, Barks and Bonbons is ... Read More »

Baking Bites Holiday Cupcake Contest Reminder

This is just a public service announcement to remind you that there is just one week left to enter the Baking Bites Holiday Cupcake Contest! You have until midnight on December 20th (this coming Saturday) to upload your best cupcake photos to the contest ‘s Flickr Group. If you haven’t read through the rules and about the prizes, you can check up on the full ... Read More »

Holiday Elf Apron

Aprons are designed to help keep flour and other foods off of your clothes when cooking, and most give you a pocket or two just in case you need to slip a spoon or some small ingredient in there when your hands are full. They’re not crucial kitchen equipment – although it is nice to be able to wipe your hands on your clothes and ... Read More »

White Chocolate Cherry Cookies

White Chocolate Cherry Cookies

I am always looking for new variations on drop cookies to try out when it comes to baking up batches of holiday cookies. As fun as it is to make gingerbread men and soft cutout cookies, it is a bit time consuming to chill the dough, roll and cut the dough, then decorate the finished cookies. A batch of drop cookies that can be mixed ... Read More »

Baking Bites, baking powder and baking soda on Ask Aida

Here’s a big thank you to everyone who submitted questions to the Food Network’s Ask Aida through this site when I put out a call for them a few weeks ago. One of our questions made the finished video clip! The question is “What exactly is the difference between the effects of baking powder and baking soda?” and it was submitted by Laura. On the ... Read More »

Snowflake Cake and Mini Cake Pans

Snowflake Cake and Mini Cake Pans

The Igloo Cake pan is probably my favorite new piece of bakeware this season, but Wilton’s Snowflake Cake Pan and Mini Snowflake Cake Pans come in a very close second. The pans have a great amount of detail in them, blowing up a tiny winter symbol to avery visible – not to mention delicious – size. The large pan bakes a deep, single snowflake, while ... Read More »

Black and White Chocolate Bark

Black and White Chocolate Bark

Homemade treats are great gifts for the holidays, whether you want to bake cookies or make candies. One of the easiest – and tastiest – treats to make is chocolate bark. Chocolate bark, in its simplest form, is a relatively thin sheet of chocolate studded with nuts, dried fruits or even candies. The sheet of bark is set and then broken into uneven pieces to ... Read More »

Reusing parchment paper?

Parchment paper with cookie dough

I always recommend that you line baking sheets with parchment paper, instead of simply greasing them or trying to rely on a nonstick surface. It is the best way to ensure that nothing sticks to your pan and it makes clean up very easy because it can be thrown away when you’re done. When you have to do a lot of baking – especially when ... Read More »

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