Category Archives: Baking

What does it mean when an ingredient is “divided”?

Flour measuring cup

When you read through recipes, there are often modifiers listed after the ingredients that tell you how they are supposed to be used. For instance, onions might be listed as “onions, diced” or apples might be listed as “apples, peeled and cored.” Ingredients are also frequently listed as “divided,” especially in baking recipes. When an ingredient is listed as being “divided,” the recipe is giving ... Read More »

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Strawberry lemonade is lemonade that is spiked with a little bit of red fruit – such as strawberries – to give it a pink color and a little extra sweetness. The Brass Halo captured the flavor of this popular summer drink in a batch of Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes. The moist cupcakes themselves are lemon flavored. The “pink” comes in because they are topped off with ... Read More »

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There are foods that celebrate St Patrick’s Day, and these Irish Potato Cookies from Bake at 350 are a great example. These little cookies actually look like potatoes – but don’t worry, there are no potatoes in the cookie dough. They are no-bake cookies made with cream cheese, pecans and plenty of confectioners’ sugar. The dough is easy to shape and once you have formed ... Read More »

Cook’s Country tastes Maple and Pancake Syrups

Maple syrup vs Pancake Syrup

Americans spend upwards of $400 million dollars a year on pancake syrup and maple syrup while shopping in supermarkets, and consumer much more than that when you take into account that people are dousing their pancakes, french toast and waffles in syrup when dining in restaurants. The vast majority of that money is spend on pancake syrup, not maple syrup, which is corn syrup that ... Read More »

How to measure melted butter

Melted Butter

Butter can be used in many different forms in a recipe. Cold butter is usually cut into flour for pastry or biscuits. Softened butter is usually creamed with sugar for cookies and cakes. Melted butter typically used for cakes and quick-mixing recipes like muffins and quick breads. Recipes call for butter in different ways. When you’re dealing with solid butter, measuring is easy, but I ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

When I was a kid, I always loved a party that had a piñata - and this Piñata Cake from A Subtle Revelry is an amazing version that should be a hit with “kids” of all ages. It is a cake that has been hollowed out and filled with a variety of little candies – just like a real piñata. The cake needs to be sculpted  but ... Read More »

Williams Sonoma Natural Sprinkles

Williams Sonoma Sprinkles

There are many people out there who would prefer to keep artificial colors out of their food. Fortunately, there are a few options to choose from when it comes to natural food colorings, so you can still bake a red velvet cake. But sprinkles and other decorative toppings give you fewer choices when it comes to natural colorings – and sometimes there is nothing like ... Read More »

What are graham crackers?

Homemade Graham Crackers

Graham crackers are a type of lightly sweetened, whole grain cracker that are often used in baking and dessert recipes. The whole crackers can be found sandwiching toasted marshmallows and chocolate in s’mores and the cracker crumbs are a popular choice for the crusts of pies and cheesecakes. The crackers were originally made with graham flour, a whole wheat flour that includes the germ and ... Read More »

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