Category Archives: Baking

How to keep a pie crust from shrinking

Imperfect Pie Crust

When you put the effort into making a homemade pie crust for a Caramel Banana Cream Pie or other recipe that calls for a prebaked crust, it can be very disappointing if the crust that you worked so hard to make shrinks and gives your pie a less-than-perfect presentation. There are two ways that pie crusts can shrink and a couple of things that you ... Read More »

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You’re not going to find anything like Bakingdom‘s Mexican Hot Chocolate Donuts with Marshmallow Frosting at your local donut shop. These chocolate donuts have a little bit of both cinnamon and chipotle to give them a little spice, and they’re baked in a mini donut pan. After baking, the donuts are given a light glaze and topped with a fluffy marshmallow frosting. You can leave ... Read More »

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For many people, cinnamon toast brings back memories of childhood and a semi-indulgent food that their mothers used to make for them on a cold morning to perk them up. The Galley Gourmet baked some Cinnamon Toast Biscotti to capture these flavors in cookie form. The biscotti dough has butter, brown sugar, white sugar and cinnamon in it. A bit of extra cinnamon sugar is ... Read More »

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Pumpkin roll cakes are a staple at many Thanksgiving celebrations. They are sponge cakes, leavened primarily with egg whites and held together with a little bit of flour. Bell’alimento baked a Gluten Free Pumpkin Roll, so no one will have to miss out on a delicious dessert because of dietary restrictions. The traditional cake is filled with cream cheese frosting, but this one is even ... Read More »

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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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