Category Archives: Baking

Do you need stale bread to make bread pudding?

Many bread pudding recipes call for stale bread, or ask you to leave your bread out on the counter to dry it out a bit before using it in a recipe. This stems from the fact that bread pudding was originally intended to be a way to give new life to bread that was a little stale, soaking it in a flavorful custard and baking ... Read More »

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Red velvet can come in many forms and Diamonds for Dessert‘s Red Velvet Shortbread Fireplaces are just one of them. These are cocoa-flavored shortbread cookies that get their deep red color from a bit of food coloring. To give them a distinctly winter theme, the cookies have been cut out into fireplace shapes and decorated – complete with flames and festive holiday garlands! Salted caramels ... Read More »

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Cake Strips

Cake strips are bands of material that wrap around the exterior of a cake pan, providing insulation and keeping cakes from baking unevenly. At least, this is what cake strips intend to do. Cakes usually bake from the outside in, with the edges of the cake baking before the center of the cake because the batter bakes faster when it is in contact with the ... Read More »

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Pastry Pal‘s White Chocolate Raspberry Tart is one of those showstopping desserts that your eyes will keep drifting to on the dessert table long before it is sliced. The tart is actually relatively simple and much easier to put together than it looks. It starts with a buttery tart shell that is spread with a thin layer of raspberry preserves and then piled full of ... Read More »

How to get sprinkles to stick to cookies

Cookies with Sprinkles

Adding sprinkles seems like an easy way to decorate a batch of butter cookies or other relatively plain-looking cookies for holiday or some other festive occasion. They’re bright, colorful and, unlike frostings and glazes, need no prep time. But sprinkles can come with their own problems because they don’t always end up where you want them to be; frequently, when you’re applying sprinkles, you end ... Read More »

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What better way to combine two of the tastiest flavors of the holiday season than to put them in a batch of muffins? Photo a Day baked some Eggnog Cranberry Muffins. The muffins are made with eggnog and fresh cranberries, and they’re topped off with a simple cinnamon streusel topping. The recipe comes together easily and this is the kind of thing that makes a ... Read More »

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Torrone is a nougat typically made with sugar, honey, egg whites and toasted nuts that is popular in both Spain and Italy around the Christmas holidays. The candy looks difficult to make, but a little patience and you can recreate Piece of Cake‘s Cranberry-Pistachio Torrone with no difficulty. The light, sweet candy is full of cranberries, pistachios and coconut, which give it a very festive ... Read More »

What is red velvet?

The term “red velvet” gets tossed around a lot these days.  It is  – arguably – the hottest cake flavor out there if you watch food focused TV programming where all the presenters go ga-ga over a slice of the cake. But for every time I hear the praises of red velvet cake sung, I also hear someone complain about a bland cake, a cake ... Read More »

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