Category Archives: Baking

How to prebake a pie crust

Prebaking a pie crust

When you are baking a fruit pie, the filling usually goes into a pie plate lined with uncooked pie dough and everything bakes together. There are quite a few types of pies out there – including many cream pies – that call for a prebaked pie shell without giving you much instruction on how to get the pie crust baked. Prebaking a pie crust is ... Read More »

What is panna cotta?

Panna Cotta

Panna cotta is a dessert that shows up on restaurant menus a lot more than it does in home kitchens, but the simple dish is one that is very easy to make at home. Panna cotta, or “cooked cream” in Italian, is a dessert that consists of a lightly sweetened cream mixture that is set with a small amount of gelatin. The gelatin allows the ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

One spice that you’ve probably never thought about putting into a batch of cookies is mustard, and that is exactly what makes Cookie Madness‘s Mustard Spiced Chocolate Cookies so interesting. You often find cinnamon added to chocolate to give it a little depth, but these cookies use a dry mustard powder! The mustard doesn’t dominate the chocolate, but it does bring out the more bitter ... Read More »

What is a whoopie pie?

Whoopie Pies

Whoopie pies are a dessert that consists of two cake-like cookies sandwiching a creamy, frosting-like filling. It is easy to think of them as a more portable version of a cupcake, where the frosting is inside of the cake and there is no wrapper to contend with. They’re generally thought to have originated in Pennsylvania Dutch country as an Amish dessert, but the exact origin ... Read More »

Regular vs Quick Cooking Oatmeal for baking

Different Types of Oatmeal

There are three main types of oatmeal to choose from in the cereal aisle of the grocery store: regular oatmeal, quick cooking oatmeal and instant oatmeal. What kind of oatmeal is the best for baking? Sometimes, recipes will specifically call for different types of oatmeal and other times they’ll simple say “oatmeal” with no explanation. While it isn’t difficult to pick out which kind you ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Fruit roll ups are a favorite lunchtime treat of many kids, but if you go back and eat one five, ten or twenty years down the line, they won’t taste quite as you remembered them to. A better alternative to store-bought fruit roll ups are homemade fruit roll ups, and the Hungry Foodie’s Pharmacy‘s recipe for Apricot Mango Strawberry Fruit Roll Ups is a good ... Read More »

What is a pastry blender?

Pastry Blender

Biscuits, pie crusts and other flaky baked goods often call for butter to be rubbed in or cut in to the flour mixture. This means that the butter should be broken up into small pieces, but not completely incorporated, into the dough. There are several ways of doing this. The first, and most traditional, way is by literally rubbing the butter in with your fingertips, ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

I love angel food cake and my favorite is a plain, vanilla flavored one. That said, every once in a while I am tempted by an angel food cake with a little more flavor, like The Galley Gourmet‘s Raspberry-Swirl Angel Cake with Crème Fraîche, which looks like a perfect early summer variation on a basic angel food. The cake has a lightly sweetened raspberry puree ... Read More »

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