Category Archives: Baking

What is imitation vanilla?

Gold Medal Imitation Vanilla Extract

Vanilla is a staple ingredient for bakers and I use it in almost every one of my recipes. Vanilla beans are the most expensive form of vanilla and are a popular choice when making ice creams and custards, where you really want to see the seeds from the vanilla pods. Vanilla extract is the most commonly used form of vanilla and it is an alcohol solution that ... Read More »

Culinary Showcase at the New School of Cooking

Students at the New School

The New School of Cooking is a small culinary school located in Culver City, Los Angeles, a part of town that is known to be a hotbed of great chef, excellent restaurants and a big foodie community. The New School has actually been in Culver City for 14 years – long before the new restaurants made it a foodie hotspot – and while the school ... Read More »

Why do chocolate chips sink to the bottom of cakes?

Chocolate Chips on Bottom of Cake

Adding chocolate chips to a cake recipe or a muffin batter sounds like a great idea, but it is one idea that usually does not work out as planned. Chocolate chips often end up sinking to the bottom of a cake, quickbread or muffin batter as it bakes in the oven, creating a finished product with very uneven chip distribution and not delivering the type ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Chocolate chip cookie cereal is one of life’s guilty pleasures because we all know that it isn’t really cereal in the sense that bran flakes are cereal. It is a box of tiny cookies that you have permission to eat for breakfast. The only problem with cookie cereal is that it would be even more delicious if it was homemade – like Half Baked Harvest‘s ... Read More »

How to store cakes and cupcakes in the summer

Yellow Layer Cake

Baked goods should usually be stored in airtight containers to give them the longest shelf life and keep things from becoming stale. Airtight containers will keep cookies crisp and chewy and keep cakes moist and fresh tasting much longer than simply leaving them out on the counter. During the summer, however, keeping your baked desserts in an airtight container can actually create some unexpected problems, ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

There must be hundreds of ways to use strawberries when they are in season. The hard part is deciding where to start, but one look at Une Gamine dans la Cuisine‘s Strawberry Hand Pies and the decision will get a little easier. This delicious looking pies are made with a fresh strawberry filling that is rich, sweet and jam-like. The filling is encased in a buttery, ... Read More »

Do I need fresh citrus for baking?

Orange segments

I like to use a lot of citrus in my recipes, and that includes lemons, oranges and limes, in addition to more unusual citrus like yuzu and blood oranges. Citrus is a featured flavor in many recipes, but often only a small amount of juice or zest is added to a recipe to accent other elements. A little bit of citrus can go a long ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Dulce de leche is a milk caramel that has a distinctive – and addictive – dairy flavor that can get your mouth watering. The caramel is easy to incorporate into other recipes, like these Dulce de Leche Cupcakes that The Growing Foodie recently baked. The cupcakes have dulce de leche in the batter and are topped with a decadent cream cheese and dulce de leche ... Read More »

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