Category Archives: Baking

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 »

Bites from other Blogs

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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Sometimes, cake is nothing more than a frosting delivery device. Sometimes, if you have a frosting that is unusually good, you want to skip the cake altogether. The Novice Chef Blog had this happen after making a batch of Butterfinger Swiss Meringue Buttercream. This light-yet-creamy frosting is rich with butter flavor and full of chopped up Butterfinger candy bars. Butterfingers shatter when chopped, leaving you ... Read More »

How to bring eggs to room temperature

Eggs in a bowl

Many recipes call for room temperature or softened butter because it is easier to incorporate into a cake batter or cookie dough than rock hard, cold butter is. The same is true of eggs, even though most recipes don’t specifically call for eggs to be at room temperature. Refrigeration keeps eggs fresher for a much longer period of time than storing them at room temperature, ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

I’m a fan of the restaurant Ad Hoc, and fortunately you can make many of their delicious recipes in your own kitchen, thanks to the cookbook, Ad Hoc at Home. Treats made Ad Hoc’s White Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting for an upcoming special occasion. The cupcakes are light and buttery, and unlike many other cupcakes, they’re actually good enough to eat unfrosted. The creamy ... Read More »

CI Taste Tests Whole Wheat Flours

Whole Wheat Flours

Whole wheat flours can not only add fiber to baked goods, they can add a lot of flavor to them, too. But as is the case with so many ingredients, not all whole wheat flours are created equal. Flours range in flavor and in texture, and using different brands can even impact the results you get when you bake with them. Cook’s Illustrated recently did ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

The name of the Sticky Fingers Bars that Ezra Pound Cake made up sounds very promising as a dessert, but doesn’t reveal much about what you’re going to get when you bite into to one. These bars are over the top treats that start with a buttery crust studded with peanuts and bits of Snickers bars (yes, the candy bar), topped with a sweet syrupy ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

If you’re looking for something to bake for your Valentine, these Valentine Heart Cookies from The Knead for Speed should do the trick. They’re brown sugar cookies with bright red hearts baked right in – so you get a valentine right in the cookie itself! The secret here is to make the red hearts separately and press them into the brown sugar cookies as you ... Read More »

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