Category Archives: Baking

What is buttermilk?

I often get asked questions about what buttermilk is and how to substitute for it because people don’t keep it “on hand.” The best answer to this is to say that buttermilk is a wonderful dairy product that makes for some delicious baked goods, and it should always be kept on hand if you like to bake more than just the occasional batch of chocolate ... Read More »

What is egg replacer?

Sometimes, when a recipe does not include eggs, it will call for “egg replacer” instead. This is most often found in vegan recipes, since vegan recipes don’t include animal products and never use eggs, although a search for egg-free bloggers will find you plenty of people who also don’t want to include eggs in their cooking. Egg replacer is a packaged product that is a ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Urth Cafe is a well-known Los Angeles cafe that is famous for organic coffee and its variety of healthy-conscious vegan and vegetarian foods and baked goods. Their baked goods can be surprisingly good, as Cookie Madness found out when she tried their “wheat free, dairy free, egg free, guilt free!” chocolate chip cookies. She was so inspired that she came up with a recipe for ... Read More »

What is vienoisserie?

Croissant, laminated dough

In France, bakeries usually have signs in the windows that prominently say “Boulangerie” and “Patisserie.” A boulangerie is a bakery that specializes in breads. A patisserie is a bakery that specializes in pastries. The majority do both and offer a wide selection of both sweets and baguettes and other breads. Some bakeries also display a sign that says “vienoisserie,” usually without much explanation. Vienoisserie means ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

A dewberry looks like a blackberry, and, according to Homesick Texan, might actually be the same thing as a blackberry. Feel free to substitute one for the other in order to make this Dewberry Cobbler because whatever you call them, these dark purple berries are just coming into season and this easy to make cobbler is a great way to enjoy them. The dough comes ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

My fruity raspberry mojitos were such a success that I want to try making the drinks with other fruits now, too. There are so many berries that go well with mint a lime! Ravenous Couple made up some Strawberry Mojitos for summer recently. The recipe calls for making a big batch of lightly sweetened strawberry puree, so you’ll have it on hand to make big ... Read More »

How to make graham cracker crumbs

How to make graham cracker crumbs

A graham cracker crust is one of the easiest crust options for making a pie. There is no rolling out dough, nor do you even have to cut butter into flour! If you buy the crust, it’s even easier. Storebought graham cracker crusts are reliable and usually taste pretty good; I always have one on hand for easy pie baking (they’re great for key lime). ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

I have a slight bias towards tall, layered cakes for birthdays, but Dessert First‘s Jasmine Chocolate Cakes make for a very elegant birthday cake, too. The cakes have a layer of chocolate cake as their base and are topped with a layer of gelatin-stabilized, jasmine tea-infused cream. In between the two primary layers is a thin one of feuilletine, a very thin and crispy cookie-like ... Read More »

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