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What is tunneling?

Tunneling in a muffin
In baking, the term “tunneling” refers to tunnels and very large air pockets that form inside of muffins and quick breads as a result of overmixing a batter. The muffin pictured above gives you an idea of what tunneling looks like. Generally, you want muffins, cakes and cupcakes to be fairly uniform in …

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How to prebake a pie crust

Blind baked pie shell

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 …

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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 …

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Regular vs Quick Cooking Oatmeal for baking

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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 …

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Bites from other Blogs

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  • 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 …

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