toastite sandwich

Before there were panini, there were ToasTites – at least, that’s the way it happened in my house. A ToasTite (also “toas tite,”as two words or with a hyphen) is a grilled sandwich maker. To the best of my knowledge, they originated in the 1930s and 1940s and were made to cook sandwiches over a hot, open flame. The earliest models have round toasting plates ... Read More »

What is a cake heating core?

No one likes an undercooked cake and the bigger a cake pan you’re using, the more difficult it can be to achieve even baking without over-browning the top and sides of the cake. Heat radiates through the cake from the sides of the baking pan and, while not a problem for smaller cakes, larger pans will easily be overdone on the sides before they are ... Read More »

Strawberry Pecan Shortbread Crumble Bars

Strawberry Pecan Shortbread Crumble Bars

Sometimes the simplest recipes are the ones that turn out to be the most satisfying because you get the best return on flavor for your investment of [not much] time. These bars are like that. Shortbread is a very basic kind of cookie to make that the bars are made up of shortbread, using the exact same mixture for the crust and the crumble topping. ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

There is a reason that Snickers bars are so popular: the combination of milk chocolate, peanuts, caramel and nougat is a wonderful one. Tartelette took the flavors of this favorite candy bar and turned the ordinary chocolate treat into something much more elegant, Snickers Macarons. The delicate macarons are flavored with peanuts and cocoa (as opposed to just hazelnuts or almonds) and are filled with ... Read More »

What does cook until thick mean?

Coating the back of a spoon

“Stir until thick” (or “stir until thickened”) might be one of the most difficult expressions in cooking to interpret when you’re just starting out. How can you tell when your sauce/custard/pudding is thick? How do you know it is thick enough? And what does “coat the back of a spoon” mean? The reason that these questions are so confusing is that there is no standard ... Read More »

Equal Measure Measuring Cup

Equal Measure Measuring Cup

I’m a bit of a science geek. Maybe that’s why I enjoy baking so much: the proportions, the measurements, the reactions that turn a pile of ingredients into a cake or cookie. It’s definitely why I own this S’mores Tee that gives the dimensions of the components and the PSI needed to put them together to create the perfect s’more (not something most of us ... Read More »

Homemade Ice Cream Drumsticks

Homemade Ice Cream Drumstick!

I spent a lot of time at the park when I was little. I did all kinds of things: biking, roller skating, playing soccer and just about any other sport/activity you can think of alone or with my friends. One of my favorite activities – if I had a bit of change in my pocket – was paying a visit to the ice cream truck ... Read More »

Cakes for Kids

Cakes for Kids

When it comes to cakes, I like to make mine simple. It’s rare when you’ll find me frosting a cake with more than just an offset spatula to spread on a thin and unadorned layer of buttercream, although I do like to top them off with a bit of chocolate sometimes. But even though I’m not usually tempted to recreate cake designs that catch my ... Read More »

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