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Bailey Bakes‘ Sweet Potato Carrot Bread is an easy to make quick bread that is a nice addition to fall and holiday gatherings. The bread has shredded carrots, like a carrot cake, and a generous amount of shredded sweet potato. The sweet potato brings another layer of flavor to the bread that it might not get from carrots alone, and brown sugar and cinnamon tie ... Read More »

How to test a cake for doneness with a toothpick

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Most baking recipes give a window of time in which your recipe might be done. This is because ovens can vary slightly in temperature and both the temperature of the room and your dough/batter can have an influence over baking time. So, it’s important to know how to check your baked goods for doneness to be sure they’re ready to come out and don’t need ... Read More »

How to store vanilla beans

Vanilla Beans

Vanilla beans are one of the most amazing ingredients a baker can have in the kitchen, perfect for adding a wonderfully floral vanilla flavor to anything from ice cream to pound cake. Vanilla beans can be quite expensive, however, so many bakers reach for vanilla extract instead of vanilla beans, preferring to save the beans for those special recipes. Vanilla beans can last for years ... Read More »

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The first day of fall is permission to move away from summer berries in your baking and move towards apples, pumpkin and warm spices. The Cozy Apron is kicking off the season with Old Mill Apple Cider Hush Puppies. The hush puppies are like a kind of donut. The batter is made with apple cider and includes lots of finely chopped apple. They’re fried, then ... Read More »

What is bread flour?

Bread Flour

Bread flour is a high protein flour that is intended to be used in yeast breads and designed to give you a better result in those breads than you would get with another type of flour. The high protein content means that the flour has more gluten in it. The increased amount of gluten allows doughs make with bread flour to be extremely elastic, and ... Read More »

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Definitely Not Martha recently made some Pumpkin Coconut Cream Tartlets that are a neat twist on a traditional pumpkin pie. The single-serving size tarts have a pumpkin pie-like filling made with pumpkin puree, coconut milk and spices that is cooked on the stovetop and spooned into phyllo dough tart shells, then topped with a coconut whipped cream. The shells are baked ahead of time and ... Read More »

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Crepe cakes are desserts that are made by stacking up layer upon layer of fresh crepes with some kind of filling to create a towering dessert that looks impressive, but is easier to make than it looks. The Hungry Artist‘s Amaretto Crepe Cake starts out with lots of homemade crepes, which are flavored with a little bit of almond extract. The crepes are layered together ... Read More »

Autumn Cupcake Stencils

Autumn Stencils

One easy way to get a design on top of a cake or cupcakes is to use a stencil. The stencil typically involves some sort of cutout design that is placed over the top of the cupcake, then cocoa powder or confectioners’ sugar is sifted over the pattern. When the stencil is removed, all you have left is a sharp design on top of your ... Read More »

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