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Pineapple Buttermilk Meringue Pie

While this pie may sound like something that you could have found in a diner 50 years ago (and maybe you could have), it turned out not only to be much better than I ever anticipated, but to be one of the most enjoyable pies I’ve had in recent memory. The flavors were vibrant and well-balanced, the pie looked beautiful and it was quite easy ... Read More »

Metal, glass and ceramic pie plates

pyrex pie plate

Pie plates are one type of bakeware that generate a fair amount of confusion for home bakers. This is largely because, unlike cookie sheets and regular cake pans, pie pans are always available in a variety of materials and it’s not always clear what is going to give you the best result. Most commercial pies tend to come in metal pie pans (think Marie Callenders’) ... Read More »

All about candied flowers

All about candied flowers

One of the most beautiful ways to finish off a cake or pastry is with flowers. Sugar and gumpaste flowers are the two types usually favored by those bakers who do a lot of cakes because they are consistent and easy to adapt. Real flowers tend to be a bit more impressive, however. I’ve seen large wedding cakes studded with mini bouquets that are meant ... Read More »

Pirate Ship Cake Pan

Pirate Ship Cake Pan

You sunk my battleship!This nifty Pirate Ship Cake Pan from Wilton reminds me of a piece from an old Battleship! board game I used to have. The small piece from the game and the cake pan have almost the exact same design on a much bigger, and much more edible, scale. The cake depicts the top few decks of a large ship and has a ... Read More »

Oat Bran Muffins with Raisins

Bran muffins are usually made with wheat bran. It’s relatively low in fat and calories, while being very high in fiber. It also has a decent amount of protein. All these make it a good choice for a filling and healthy muffin. The only problem is that wheat bran isn’t exactly the most flavorful ingredient out there, so bran muffins aren’t always the breakfast of ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Call it a cheesecake theme if you wish, but there are too many cream-cheesy posts to pass up this week. For instance, there is a White Chocolate Cheesecake at Velvet Lava. Tall, creamy and – naturally – very decadent, it’s comfort food at its finest. Eat a slice at the end of a bad day to forget about pesky, mundane things like calories and just ... Read More »

A Vanilla Taste Test

vanilla sugar

In their ceasing quest for culinary excellence, the cooks in America’s Test kitchen will test every ingredient, every pan and every recipe they come across. I recently read one of their pieces that really struck a chord with me. It was a taste test of vanilla – extract, imitation and whole beans – and since vanilla is such a vital flavor in baking, I found ... Read More »

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

mother's day is may 11th

It’s almost the end of April, which means that Mother’s Day is just around the corner. The holiday falls on May 11th this year (just under two weeks away) and it’s time to get serious about shopping for something special for Mom. Last year I made up a little gift guide to provide some inspiration and decided to add a few new things to the ... Read More »

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