Giant Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Giant Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Regular sized homemade cookies are always delicious, but they are never quite as visually impressive as the giant cookies on display in coffee shops and bakeries. While the true measure of a good cookie is in its flavor, it doesn’t hurt if the actual measurements of the cookie are as big as its taste. And these are some very big cookies. Each one is just ... Read More »

Peter Reinhart’s Whole Grain Breads: New Techniques, Extraordinary Flavor

Peter Reinhart’s Whole Grain Breads: New Techniques, Extraordinary Flavor is one of the nominees for best Baking and Pastry Cookbook in the 2008 James Beard Awards. If you’re not familiar with the awards, they’re designed to recognize excellence in the food industry with awards for everything from best chef to best new cookbook to best newspaper food section. But fans of Peter Reinhart won’t need ... Read More »

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 »

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