Category Archives: Baking

What does “percent cacao” mean?

61% Percent Cacao Chocolate

Just a few years ago, it seemed like chocolate was chocolate, and while some were better than others, they were all labeled the same. Seemingly overnight, numbers started to appear on chocolate packaging and we suddenly had a way to separate one chocolate easily from another. What does the “percent cacao” or “cacao content” on chocolate packaging refer to? The “percent cacao” refers to the ... Read More »

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The only thing better than a big spoonful of Nutella is a great dessert that features the chocolate hazelnut spread, like a batch of the Mini Nutella Cheesecakes that Bakers Royale baked. These easy to make cheesecakes use an entire jar of Nutella, ensuring that they are as rich with flavor as they are richly textured from the cream cheese and heavy cream in the ... Read More »

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It’s nice to have a slice of freshly baked bread to accompany a meal, but we don’t always plan in advance to have a yeasted loaf proofed and ready to go into the oven with dinner. This is exactly why it’s nice to have a savory quickbread recipe on hand, like the Cheese, Olive and Buttermilk Herb Bread that Sugar & Everything Nice baked. This ... Read More »

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Pancakes are an easy target for add-ins, such as fresh fruit and even bacon, but waffles are often left out. Add A Pinch‘s Chocolate Chip Waffles are an easy way to bring a little something extra to breakfast. The waffles are buttery and filled with a generous amount of chocolate chips that become gooey and melty in the waffle maker. Serve these with maple syrup, ... Read More »

How to turn cupcakes into mini cupcakes

Cupcake and mini cupcake

The only baked good cuter than a cupcake is a mini cupcake, but there aren’t as many recipes out there for these downsized goodies as there are for their full-sized counterparts. Fortunately, it is not difficult to turn a batch of full sized cupcakes into miniature ones as long as you have a mini muffin pan to work with. Most cupcake recipes can be made ... Read More »

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There are many great ways to use up a batch of homemade lemon curd and the Strawberry Lemon Tarts that Eyes Bigger Than My Stomach are one of them. These miniature tarts are so easy to make that they almost don’t need a recipe. To make them, all you need to do is fill some miniature tart shells with a bit of good quality strawberry ... Read More »

How to test baking powder and baking soda for freshness

Testing Baking Soda

Baking powder and baking soda are pantry ingredients that don’t always have a high turnover. If you bake irregularly, chances are good that you’ll have that box of baking soda on the shelf for a very long time. Even if you bake regularly, it takes a while for a container of baking powder to get used up – not to mention that it is easy ... Read More »

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Blondies, like brownies, are a basic bar cookie that is easy to put great variations on. If you’re a fan of malted milk ball candies, you should definitely put Baking Junkie‘s Whopper Blondies on your list of treats to try. These buttery blondies incorporate quite a few chopped up Whopper candies, and include some malted milk powder in the dough to really emphasize the malt ... Read More »

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