Category Archives: Baking

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It’s easy to make an apple crisp in an oven and there are lots of recipes out there to help you do it. But making one over a campfire? That calls for Honey & Jam‘s Apple Crisp Baked in a Dutch Oven. This recipe could be baked in the oven, but there is something appealing about the idea of slow cooking this delicious fruit dessert ... Read More »

Why do pie crust recipes approximate the amount of water?

Pie Crust, unbaked

If you bake pies at home, you will notice that most recipes for pie crust (pastry crusts, not crumb crusts) give you an approximate amount of water to add to the dough, not an exact amount. This can be frustrating when you are unsure of the correct consistency of the finished pie dough and want to get the recipe done as accurately as possible! There ... Read More »

Baker’s Spice Kit

Baker's Spice Kit

Vanilla is one of the most important ingredients that a baker can have in his or her pantry, but it is not the only flavoring that plays a big role in baked goods. Williams Sonoma put together a Baker’s Spice Kit in recognition of this fact, grouping some high quality spices that most bakers would say are kitchen staples into a lovely gift set. The ... Read More »

What is cake flour?

Box of Cake Flour

All purpose flour is the standard flour for home baking, but a glance down a well equipped grocery store baking aisle is enough to tell you that there are many other types of flour available for baking. Cake flour is one of them and, if you like to bake, it should be a staple in your kitchen. Cake flour is a low protein flour that ... Read More »

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If you’re a bit tired of serving pumpkin pie in the fall and want another way to enjoy that lovely pumpkin flavor, you might try Sticky Gooey Creamy Chewy‘s Pumpkin Flan. This flan is a little denser and smoother than some other recipes, with a hint of cheesecake flavor to it thanks to the presence of cream cheese and cornstarch. Add in a little pumpkin ... Read More »

Rodelle Vanilla and Organic Vanilla Extracts, reviewed

Rodelle Vanilla Extracts

Any baker will tell you that vanilla is one of the most essential ingredients that you can have in your pantry. Although only a small amount goes into most recipes, vanilla can improve the flavor of just about everything it touches. I try to keep a good supply of vanilla on hand, both extracts and vanilla beans, and even make vanilla sugar with previously used ... Read More »

What is coffee cake?

Coffee cake is a moist, tender cake that is usually topped with some kind of streusel topping and served alongside coffee or tea at breakfast. Coffee cakes stand apart from other cakes because of their streusel topping and because, although they might have a little glaze drizzled on top, they are not frosted. Some have a swirl of streusel in them, and others are filled ... Read More »

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and it is easy to get into the spirit by doing something pink to draw awareness to the issue. Køkken69 made some delicious looking Raspberry White Chocolate Pops. Raspberry flavored white chocolate is poured into a mold and allowed to set up with a popsicle stick inside. You could eat them as they are, but these pops are meant ... Read More »

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