Category Archives: Baking

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The Tart Cranberry Cherry Pie that Pass the Sushi whipped up sounds like it would be a great addition to any Thanksgiving table. The pie features a filling of tart red cherries and fresh cranberries, accented with some orange and ginger. Those flavors make a winning combination in any form, but work especially well when served up in a buttery pie crust with a scoop ... Read More »

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Cookie Monster Cooking‘s Brownie Sandwich Cookies are like making your own Halloween Oreo’s because these chocolate sandwich cookies have a bright orange filling that is perfect for celebrating Halloween. Unlike Oreo’s, however, the cookies are fudgy and brownie-like, delivering a lot of chocolate flavor. The filling is a simple vanilla buttercream that is a nice contrast for the richness of the cookies. A few drops ... Read More »

Sweet and Scary Must-Try Halloween Treats


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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