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Baking Bites for Craftsy: Classic Eggnog Pound Cake

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Classic Eggnog Pound Cake

A very traditional pound cake is made with a pound each of butter, flour, sugar and eggs – and not much else. This combination will make a dense, rich cake, but a very plain one. These four ingredients are a great starting point building a cake with a lot of flavor, though, as they are great building blocks for all kinds of different desserts. I’m ... Read More »

Big, Chewy Vanilla Sugar Cookies

Big, Chewy Vanilla Sugar Cookies

I love a good sugar cookie but, unfortunately, find that many of them aren’t all that good. I’ve had a lot of sugar cookies are bland and dry – and after eating a lot of boring cookies, it’s not hard to see why many people consider sugar cookies to be boring! Sugar cookies may be simple, but they should not be boring and these Big, ... Read More »

Do you have to sift cake flour before using it?

The difference between sifted and unsifted cake flour

Cake flour is a finely milled, low protein flour that is known for its ability to create cakes with a very even, soft and tender crumb. As the name suggests, it is excellent for making cakes and is commonly found in pound cakes and angel food cakes. Almost every recipe that calls for cake flour asks that you sift it before using, while recipes that ... Read More »

FoodSaver Bags: Not Just for Saving Food

FoodSaver System with Bags

The FoodSaver® System is one of the most useful tools in my kitchen when it comes to keeping food fresh. The handy vacuum sealer is excellent when it comes to helping me preserve everything from meat to cookie dough for long term storage, but that isn’t the only thing that it can be used for despite the fact that it is in its name! The things that make ... Read More »

Cheesecake Stuffed Eggnog Pound Cake

Cheesecake Stuffed Eggnog Pound Cake

Holiday desserts deserve to be a little bit over-the-top, whether you’re talking about elaborately iced sugar cookies or a layer cake. The holidays usually mean that we all have a little bit of additional incentive to make our desserts impressive, whether we simply have time off of work and a few extra hours to play around in the kitchen or we have a house full ... Read More »

8 Essential Holiday Baking Tools

8 Essential Holiday Baking Tools

December is one of the biggest baking months of the year, as the holidays inspire just about everyone to do a little bit of baking. Holiday baking requires the same basic tools as everyday baking, such as mixing bowls, measuring cups and spatulas, but there are some tools that are a little bit handier during the holidays than they are any other time of the ... Read More »

Nordic Ware Gingerbread House Duet Pan

Nordic Ware Gingerbread House Duet Pan

Gingerbread houses are fantastic decorations to make during the holidays. Made with carefully shaped sheets of gingerbread, they’re usually assembled with the help of a lot of royal icing and plenty of gumdrops, sprinkles and peppermints. Gingerbread houses take a lot of effort to put together and they are used as centerpieces far more often than they are used as dessert. If you want a ... Read More »

Roasted Cranberry Coconut Muffins

Roasted Cranberry Coconut Muffins

Cranberries are a delicious and colorful addition to many baked goods and there are a couple of different ways to use them. Cranberries can be used raw – and are available fresh and frozen, depending on the time of year you are buying them – for a bright, tart flavor. Dried cranberries are a good option when you want cranberry flavor with more sweetness than ... Read More »

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