Category Archives: Baking

How to Preheat an Oven

Oven at 350

Almost every single baking recipe starts with an instruction to preheat your oven. This step sounds so simple, but it is actually the single most difficult step in baking. Unless you have left an ingredient out by mistake or you’re dealing with a recipe that is flawed (i.e. an instruction has been left out), many baking problems are cause by incorrect oven temperature and can ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Fondant may be easy to decorate a cake with, but it rarely trumps a good buttercream when it comes to flavor. If you cover a cake with a batch of the Pink Lemonade Fondant that Today’s Nest made, you just might change your tune. The made-from-scratch fondant has a bright lemonade flavor to it and a beautiful pink hue (although you could opt for another ... Read More »

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I’m a big fan of apple pie, and as much as I love a basic double crust recipe, I also enjoy seeing new twists on it. Betsy Life baked an Apple Limoncello Pie that puts a big twist on your classic apple pie by incorporating a burst of lemon flavor into the filling. The filling is flavored with brown sugar, a bit of fruity jam ... Read More »

Dark Brown vs Light Brown Sugar in Baking

Brown sugars

Brown sugar is white sugar that has had a small amount of molasses added to it. The molasses gives it a richer, deeper flavor than white sugar and also makes the sugar very moist. Dark brown sugar has a very strong molasses flavor, while light brown sugar is a little drier and has a much milder flavor. The two most common brown sugars are light ... Read More »

How to bake with a specialty shaped pan

Shaped Pans

In addition to standard round and square cake pans, the shelves of cooking stores are lined with plenty of shaped pans. These pans come in designs from sandcastles and cartoon characters to miniature wedding cakes, giving you the option of baking a cake that features an elaborate design without trying to carve an intricate pattern into a cake yourself. Most of these specialty shaped pans ... Read More »

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Sweet and savory desserts are in right now, but what about sweet and spicy? This Sriracha Peach Crisp from Budget Bytes has a splash of spicy sriracha in what would otherwise be a tame peach crisp. The sriracha is blended in alongside the peaches in the filling, as are honey and cinnamon. The topping is a buttery crumble mixture, made with rolled oats for a ... Read More »

What are pie weights?

What are pie weights?

When you’re strolling through the aisles of your favorite kitchen or baking store, you’re bound to notice some objects labeled “pie weights.” Pie weights are typically small, somewhat heavy objects that are used to weigh down a pie or tart crust with it is being blind baked, to prevent the crust from pulling away from the sides of the pan. Pie weights can come in ... Read More »

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Caramel and apples is a fantastic combination, whether you’re using both elements in a cake or dipping apples into caramel sauce to make Cinnamon Caramel Apple Pumpkins, as Bakingdom did recently. These sweet apples are dipped in homemade caramel that has been spiked with cinnamon for a little extra flavor. A few strands of licorice attached to the caramel make the apples look like pumpkins, ... Read More »

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