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What is Almond Paste?

What is Almond Paste?

Almond paste is a dough made from ground almonds and sugar. It is used as a filling in many pastries and desserts, including almond croissants, fruit tarts and cakes. Whole almonds are used to make almond paste after the skins have been removed to give it a uniform color. Some almond pastes have almond extract to add additional almond flavor or a small quantity of ... Read More »

Wilton 5 Layer Heart Cake Pan Set

Wilton 5 Layer Heart Cake Pan Set

Wilton makes some great products for cake bakers and decorators, whether you only bake during the holidays or do it on a daily basis. They’re always coming out with interesting shaped pans that allow you to make impressive and fun cakes easily. I’ve really enjoyed working with their 5 Layer Cake Pan Set, which allows you to easily make an impressively tall layer cake, so ... Read More »

Lemon Ricotta Cake

Lemon & Ricotta Cake

Ricotta cheese is a very versatile ingredient to have in the kitchen, as it works equally well in sweet and savory applications. Of course, while I love a classic ravioli, I happen to be partial to the sweeter side of things and often use ricotta in my desserts. I particularly like it in cheesecakes, where it creates a lighter, fluffier finished product than a recipe ... Read More »

Mad for Muffins: 70 Amazing Muffin Recipes from Savory to Sweet

Mad for Muffins: 70 Amazing Muffin Recipes from Savory to Sweet

You can’t go wrong with a classic blueberry muffin in the morning, but there are so many other muffin options out there that you also don’t need to limit yourself to that one flavor. I love baking muffins because they’re fun to make, versatile and very delicious. If you’re a muffin-fan, too, you’ll find plenty of inspiration in Mad for Muffins: 70 Amazing Muffin Recipes ... Read More »

Spiced Rum Rice Pudding

Spiced Rum Rice Pudding

Rice pudding was a dish that I only ate at my grandmother’s house when I was growing up. While she didn’t always make it herself from scratch (she sometimes did, and bought Kozi Shack at other times), it was always a creamy treat that I looked forward to when I visited. Perhaps it is because of those memories with my grandmother, but rice pudding has ... Read More »

Cook’s Illustrated Reviews Mini Loaf Pans

miniloafpans

I love making mini loaves. They’re cute, fun to serve and easy to pack up as gifts for friends and family. The other bonus is that they have a shorter baking time than full sized loaf cakes and breads, so you will be able to eat your favorite baked goods with a much shorter wait time. Most recipes intended for 9×5-inch loaf pans can be ... Read More »

Baking Bites Kitchen Renovation – Demo Day!

Baking Bites Kitchen Reno - Taking Down the Cabinets

Once I decided that I needed to redo my kitchen - a decision that took less than a minute, given that the room hadn’t been upgraded since it was built in the early 1960s – I had some decisions to make. Specifically, I needed to decide if there was anything worth saving in the space. As I mentioned in my earlier post, I really liked the ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Single Origin Huila Unsweetened Baking Chocolate, reviewed

Trader Joe's Single Origin Hula Unsweetened Baking Chocolate

Unsweetened chocolate is a common ingredient when it comes to baking because, like unsweetened cocoa powder, it imparts a deep, intense cocoa flavor to cakes, cookies and other treats. Since it does’t have any sugar in it, unsweetened chocolates have a bitterness to them that (generally) makes them unsuitable for general snacking and some people simply consider it to be of lower quality than other ... Read More »

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