Category Archives: Baking

Raspberry Apple Muffins

When I saw the recipe for Raspberry Apple Muffins, I was immediately attracted. In fact, because they used honey in the recipe, I thought about using them as my SHF entry. When I started to make the recipe, I realised that there was no added fat – just buttermilk and an egg. I worried about the texture, but went ahead. I made sure not to ... Read More »

Pic of my Pillsbury Bakeoff entry: Red, White and Blue Upside Down Cake

Red raspberries, blueberries and white cake. Gorgeous? You bet. Upside down cakes, particularly the pineapple variety, are an American tradition. I’m personally not a huge fan of the pineapple ones, as they tend to be too sweet. Of course, I’ve never made one myself and when you can tailor something to your individual tastes it does tend to improve. These types of cakes have a ... Read More »

How to Beat Egg Whites

Egg whites, beaten

I have decided that we need to talk about egg whites. Their chief purpose, in baking, is to lend structure to baked goods. They also add liquid to a recipe, but I’m not going to deal with that right now. Because of the unique properties of egg whites, they alone can be used to leaven things like cakes without the aid of yeast or chemical ... Read More »

Perfect Angel Food Cake

Perfect Angel Food Cake

It was pointed out in this article, that when Cooks Illustrated standards diverge from your own, you can end up being a bit disappointed with their recipes. I have found this to be a true assessment on several occasions, though the recipes themselves are excellent. There are some types of food where the likelihood of this happening is very low. Cakes are a good example ... Read More »

Swedish Hardtack Crackers

I have made crackers before, both savory and sweet. While the results were good in my first savory attempt, I have to admit that I wasn’t all that sure of myself because I didn’t think the original recipe was very good. Before my course officially ended, our instructor gave up a copy of a cracker recipe and mentioned that it was worth making our own. ... Read More »

Cherry Pie

I learned a few things about cherry pie yesterday. First, my crust was incredibly flakey and browned very well with an egg-white wash and generous sprinkling of coarse sugar. Second, frozen cherries work very well when you don’t have time to pit 2 pounds of fresh cherries. I used sweet cherries and reduced the sugar called for by most recipes from 1 cup to 1/2 ... Read More »

Classic White Sandwich Bread

Flipping through Baking with Julia, looking for the perfect recipe to continue to improve my culinary skills, I stopped at a beautiful photo of toast. Normally toast would not catch my attention in such a way, but not many recipes claim to produce nearly ideal toast. I was sold. I am not that great a shaping bread. I am getting better at shaping round loaves, ... Read More »

Challah

Ah, bread! The class I’ve been looking forward to all session! True – I have been looking forward to all the classes, but I am always looking to improve my bread baking skills. We started off by talking about yeast. Freeze dried yeast and cake yeast are the two types of yeast most commonly available to home bakers. Cake yeast is preferred by bakers because ... Read More »

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