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Baking Bites for Crafty: 2 Hour Peasant Bread

Baking Bites for Crafty: 2 Hour Peasant Bread

I love a loaf of homemade bread, but like so many other people, I don’t always plan my bread baking far enough in advance. While most bread recipes to have a lot of “hands off” time while you wait for the dough to proof, they still require quite a bit of preparation if you want to have them ready by dinner time. As a result, ... Read More »

How to Use Freeze Dried Fruit in Baking

How to Use Freeze Dried Fruit in Baking

Freeze dried fruit is often found in the snack aisle at the grocery store. You can even find it packaged as apple/pear/strawberry chips and marketed as a healthier alternative to potato chips. I am not big on snacking on freeze dried fruit because the dry, powdery texture just doesn’t work for me. I do buy a lot of freeze dried fruit, however, because it is ... Read More »

6 Sweet & Savory Pancake Recipes to Make on Pancake Day

Buttermilk Bacon Pancakes

Pancake Day, also known as Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday and Mardi Gras, is the Tuesday before Lent, the period of fasting and prayer that preceeds Easter in many Christian traditions. The idea behind the day is that people went out of their way to indulge in certain foods that they would not be able to eat during Lent. These foods include butter, milk and eggs ... Read More »

Baking Bites’ Top 10 Recipes of 2015

10 New Baking Bites Recipes of 2015

This year was a big year here at Baking Bites, with over 160 new recipes posted over the course of the past 12 months! You better get your ovens fired up now because I suspect that 2016 will yield at least as many new recipes, as well as the continuing story of my new kitchen renovation. Looking back over the year, it seems fitting to ... Read More »

What is malted milk powder?

maltedmilk

Malt is cereal grain that has been dried, sprouted, dried a second time and then toasted in an oven. Any grain can be malted, including wheat, oats and rice, however barley malt is the most common type of malt that you’re likely to come across. Grains are malted to give them additional layers of flavor and malted grains are known to add both additional sweetness ... Read More »

Do I need to scald milk for baking?

Do I need to Scald Milk for Baking?

There are many recipes that call for “milk, scalded” on their ingredient lists, including cakes, cookies and breads. This is an especially common instruction in older cookbooks, while it tends to appear slightly less often in more modern baking recipes. This raises the question of whether milk needs to be scalded – and, if so, why does it appear in some recipes and not in ... Read More »

What is the Best Frosting for Ice Cream Cake?

Ice Cream Cake with Whipped Cream Frosting

Ice cream cakes are fun to make at home because it is easy to customize them with your favorite flavors of cake and ice cream, so you’re not bound to the small handful of options that they have at the nearest ice cream shop. It isn’t difficult to stack up the layers of cake and ice cream, whether you’re making a sheet cake or a ... Read More »

Eclair Class at The Pastry School

Eclair Class at The Pastry School

Eclairs are the hottest pastry trend in Paris, or so I’ve been told by many friends who have recently visited the City of Light. I don’t see a lot of variation in the eclairs sold in bakeries in my area, and a quick search of Parisian eclairs was more than enough to rekindle my interest in these classic pastries! I was eager to learn what ... Read More »

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