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How to make a water bath

creamy cheesecake

Water baths are one of those things that you don’t need too often in baking, but when a recipe calls for them, they’re crucial in getting a good result. A water bath – if you’re not familiar with what they are - is almost exactly what it sounds like: it is the dish of water that baked goods requiring gentle heat are baked in, instead of ... Read More »

Bailey’s Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Bailey's Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

 When St. Patrick’s Day comes around every year, I usually follow a little tradition that involves making up a batch of soda bread, a dish involving cabbage or corned beef, and maybe drinking a bottle of Guinness, too. Nothing fancy and pretty standard, as far as celebration goes. This year, I didn’t want to get stuck in that rut, but I did want to do ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Even though Easter is coming up and I have more than enough seasonal candy to last me until… well, almost until next Easter, I can’t help but be tempted when I see homemade candy bars – especially when they sound as good as Baked Alaska‘s Caramel Candy Bars. The bars are baked and turn out something like a granola bar, only much, much more decadent. ... Read More »

Cadbury Mini Eggs, Dark and Milk Chocolate, reviewed

Cadbury Mini Eggs have long been an Easter staple in my house. I prefer them even to the ever popular Cadbury Creme Eggs, which are nice, but can be a bit too sweet for me with all that gooey fondant in the center. Mini eggs, if you haven’t had them, are about 3/4-inch high eggs that have pastel-colored matte candy shells over a solid chocolate ... Read More »

Coffee Mugs, cookies included

Cookie Mugs

When I was a kid, my favorite mug – for hot chocolate back then, not coffee – had a ceramic frog in the bottom of it that was slowly revealed I drank. It wasn’t the novelty of seeing the frog that made me like the mug, though it certainly was cute, but simply knowing that there was more to my simple hot chocolate than met ... Read More »

Oat Bran and Flaxseed Bread

Oat Bran and Flaxseed Bread Loaf

Not every bread makes a really good sandwich, even though just about any bread can be used to put together a sandwich. A really good sandwich bread, in my opinion, needs several things. It needs to be solid enough to hold together any combination of standard sandwich ingredients without letting them soak into or through the bread, so I don’t want to see very large ... Read More »

The Greyston Bakery Cookbook

The Greyston Bakery Cookbook

Every good bakery brings something unique to the culinary table of the town that it is a part of. The more original the products or the concept behind them, the larger the influence tends to be. The Greyston Bakery is one of these bakeries whose influence is felt on a much larger than average scale. Founded by a Zen Buddhist group in 1982, the original ... Read More »

Snickerdoodle French Toast

Snickerdoodle French Toast, in progress

The thing that makes the snickerdoodle cookiea snickerdoodle is the cinnamon-sugar coating that the otherwise plain sugar cookie dough is rolled in before baking. It is simple, but makes the cookie delicious and highly recognizable. With that said, you can’t just add a bit of cinnamon sugar to anything and call it a snickerdoodle. The cookies are always a bit heavy on the cinnamon to ... Read More »

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