Category Archives: Baking

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 »

Cook’s Country rates graham crackers

Graham Cracker Brands

When you have a recipe that calls for a graham cracker crust, you can run out to the store and pick one up that is already made. But like so many things, even graham cracker pie crusts are best when you start with whole crackers and make them into a crust yourself. Graham crackers are tasty in pie crust and s’mores, but how much thought ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

We’re coming up on barbecue season and you won’t find a more appropriate menu to kick off the summer than Cherry Tea Cake‘s BBQ Garden Party Menu. The menu goes from drinks to dessert and every recipe – and there are quite a few – includes barbecue sauce in ways that you probably never imagined. Get grilling season started with BBQ Whiskey Sours, BBQ Mac ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Crisp, buttery toast generously sprinkled with cinnamon sugar was one of my favorite breakfast treats as a kid (and frankly, it still is!). That flavor combination isn’t just for breakfast anymore. Tracey’s Culinary Adventures made Cinnamon Toast Ice Cream with a recipe from Epicurious. The ice cream has a cinnamon toast-infused base and is finished off with bread cubes that have been toasted with brown ... Read More »

6 Great Easter Baking Ideas

Easter Bunny Baking Ideas

Easter is a holiday that moves around – but it is also a holiday that always falls on a Sunday, which is nice because it gives you plenty of time over the weekend to decorate easter eggs and do some Easter baking. Here are a half dozen ideas to get you started, all of which are easy to make and fantastic to serve at an ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Saveur Magazine is accepting nominations for their 2011 Best Food Blog Awards. If you have a moment, head over to their site and nominate Baking Bites! And then, of course, check out all of this week’s fantastic Bites from other Blogs: Fresh baked some Coconut Chocolate Chip Tea Cakes to celebrate the turn of the seasons, leaving behind heartier far in favor of lighter and ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Tall layer cakes are always showstoppers on the dessert table, but Sweetapolita‘s Inside Out Neapolitan Layer Cake will steal the show from any of them. This high-rising cake is beautiful to look at – and even better to eat. It is made with three layers of rich, moist devil’s food chocolate cake that are stacked up with a trio of swiss meringue fillings in strawberry, ... Read More »

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