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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

A tour of the Bouchon Bakery, Yountville, CA

Baking bread for TFL

The Napa Valley is a hot spot for foodies due to the high concentration of top notch restaurants ad wineries in the area. But in with all the big names are lots of smaller places that are easily worth a stop. I have to include the Bouchon Bakery in this list because, although the bakery is one of Thomas Keller’s eateries, it is often overlooked ... Read More »

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Coca Cola is a surprisingly versatile ingredient. You might think of it only as a drink, but it can be a great addition to barbecue sauce, chocolate cake or even to a Mini Cherry Cola Kugelhopfs, like those that Maison Cupcake recently made. These miniature ring cakes are made with cherry cola, which gives them a uniquely sweet flavor and compliments the chocolate in the ... Read More »

5 Great Red Velvet Treats for Valentine’s Day

Red velvet is a popular cake, made with buttermilk, a hint of cocoa powder and a splash of red food coloring. The cake is usually topped with a rich cream cheese icing, which contributes to its popularity, but the bright red color of the cake is really what draws people in. This coloring also makes is a perfect choice for a Valentine’s Day treat, because ... Read More »

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