Category Archives: Baking

Bites from other Blogs

Quince is a fall fruit that doesn’t get as much attention as apples or pears do, despite having a flavor profile that isn’t that different from them. The main difference is that quince must be cooked before it is eaten, and this trait actually means that quince is a great option for baking into desserts, such as Delicious Istanbul‘s Quince and Walnut Cake. This loaf ... Read More »

5 Great Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas

More Thanksgiving Desserts

Need a little extra inspiration for your Thanksgiving table? These five desserts are some of my favorite things to serve at Thanksgiving. Perfect Pumpkin Pie is sure to be a hit at any Thanksgiving table. Pumpkin pie is a holiday staple, and the warm spices of this pie really make the dessert stand out from any pumpkin pie you can buy in the store. Use ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

The Strawberry Jelly Cheesecake that Køkken69 is probably one of the most beautiful cheesecake preparations I’ve seen in a while. The no-bake recipe starts with a buttery cookie crust that is topped with a velvety cream cheese mixture. Layered on top of the cream cheese is a jewel-like jello layer with heart-shaped strawberries captured underneath, like they’re being displayed in a jewelery case. It’s surprisingly ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Dashing Dish put a very modern twist on classic apple pie with some lovely Layered Apple Pies. These towering pies are constructed like Napoleons, with layers of crisp, sweetened wonton wrappers acting as the pasty between layers of homemade apple pie filling. It’s definitely a fun way to plate your dessert and to give it a slightly more elegant look than a regular slice of ... Read More »

What is half and half?

Half and Half carton

The term “half and half” shows up very frequently in cooking and baking recipes in the US, but it is not particularly well known outside of the US (or the term refers to something completely different). When it appears in a recipe, it sometimes generates a little confusion as to what it is. “Half and half” is a mixture of half heavy cream and half ... Read More »

What are custard pies?

A very simple custard of eggs, milk, sugar and vanilla (or some other flavoring) that is cooked on the stovetop or baked in small ramekins in the oven is the first thing that most of us think of when we think of a custard. A custard is a cooked mixture that is thickened with eggs, and while that simple custard may be the first thing ... Read More »

Cook’s Illustrated picks The Best Butter

European-style butters

Butter is a staple in the the kitchens of every baker and is a crucial building block for all kinds of recipes, from simple chocolate chip cookies to flaky croissants. Most baking is done with plain, simple unsalted butter. This type of butter is labeled “sweet cream” butter and is available in every supermarket in the US. Over the past few years, European style cultured ... Read More »

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