Category Archives: Baking

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 »

Bites from other Blogs

Cheddar Sriracha Swirl Bread is definitely a different twist on your usual loaf of bread – or perhaps I should say that it’s a different swirl. The bread, which The Curvy Carrot baked, starts out as a lump of plain white bread dough. That dough is rolled out and spread with spicy, bright red sriracha sauce, then sprinkled generously with cheddar cheese before being rolled ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Mini donut pans are fun to use, but since they’re a little more unusual than a muffin pan, it can be difficult to come up with ideas for recipes to make in them. The next time you’re in the mood for some mini donuts, try a batch of Banana Bread Mini Donuts, like Shove it In Your Face recently baked. These bite sized donuts are ... Read More »

How to Make Pumpkin Brownies (video)

Pumpkin Brownies with Pecans

Pumpkin brownies are one of my favorite fall treats to bake because I am a huge pumpkin pie fan and like just about any dessert that gets those delicious pumpkin spice flavors into it. I first make Pumpkin Brownies with Pecans a couple of years ago, and I’ve been making them ever since. Unlike regular brownies, these don’t have any chocolate in them. What they ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

The Flourless Chocolate Cookies from Kumquat are a great way to get a chocolate fix. The dark, satiny cookies look like they are bursting with chocolate flavor – and when you take a bite of one, you won’t be disappointed. The fact that they’re made without flour seems to make the chocolate even more intense, in addition to giving the cookies a chewy, fudgy texture. ... Read More »

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