Category Archives: Baking

Sweet and Scary Must-Try Halloween Treats

Skeletons

Halloween is a holiday that is all about having fun. You can go all-out with scary decorations, glowing pumpkins and lavish costumes. You can have just as much fun with your baked goods this time of year, as well. It’s a chance to be creative and try things that you probably wouldn’t do for one of the more “serious” holidays! Here are some of my ... Read More »

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The Novice Chef‘s Pumpkin Dream Cake looks like a showstopper. The tender cake has three tall layers of moist pumpkin cake sandwiched together with fluffy maple cream cheese frosting. Although it is a towering cake, it looks as light as a pillow – and when you take a bite, you won’t be disappointed because the cake really is that tender and soft. This could easily ... Read More »

How to make Impossible Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes (video)

Impossible Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

Impossible Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes are one of my favorite fall recipes, both because they are very tasty and because they are intriguing to people. The cupcakes have the same custardy texture as a pumpkin pie filling, but have just enough substance to them to hold together without a traditional crust. They’re delicious. I get a lot of requests for video of this recipe and questions ... Read More »

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Chasing Delicious‘s Spiced Chocolate Caramel Cake with Baked Pears offers a taste of fall, with a bit of chocolate, in a very elegant package. The beautiful dessert starts with a chocolate cake that has a hint of cinnamon and coffee in it. The cake layers are stacked with a spiced buttercream frosting and topped off with a roasted pear and a lot of cinnamon-kissed caramel ... Read More »

What kind of oil should I use for baking?

Canola Oil

Vegetable oil is a very common ingredient called for in baking recipes. It appears on ingredient lists for everything from pancakes to layer cakes, and can make for a very moist and tender cake. Many recipes don’t specify what kind of vegetable oil to use when baking, however. In the grocery store, you will see generic “vegetable oil” for sale, but you’ll also see a ... Read More »

Cook’s Illustrated Rates Supermarket Cocoa Powders

Cocoa Powders

Cocoa powder is a staple ingredient for everyone who likes to bake and is called for in most chocolate recipes, because it adds an intense chocolate flavor to everything from cookies to pies. Cocoa power is also a somewhat expensive ingredient and, in a recent issue (Nov/Dec 2012), Cook’s Illustrated set out to taste test supermarket cocoa powders to see what brands offered the best ... Read More »

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The Salted Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars that Channeling Contessa baked recently are the perfect thing to bake when you’re looking for a thick, chewy and satisfying bar cookie. The bars use a whole cup of creamy peanut butter and lots of chocolate chips, and they are also spiked with a generous amount of sea salt to bring those flavors out. These are good for ... Read More »

What is canned pumpkin pie mix?

Pumpkin pie fillings in cans

Cans of pumpkin pie mix, or pumpkin pie filling, line the baking shelves at many grocery stores this time of year. They’re usually set right next to the ready-to-use graham cracker pie crusts, so they catch your eye and get you thinking about baking a pie. The filling mix is also usually next to the regular canned pumpkin puree and many bakers have picked up ... Read More »

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