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Nordic Ware Charlotte Cake Pan

Nordic Ware Charlotte Cake Pan

Charlottes are beautiful cakes that are not your traditional layer cake. The cakes are made by lining a mold with sponge cake or ladyfingers, then filling the mold with mousse, custard or cream. The whole cake is then chilled until it is set, when it can be popped out of its mold and sliced, like a more traditional cake can be. Charlottes can be a ... Read More »

Cuisinart ICE-100 Compressor Ice Cream Maker, reviewed

Cuisinart ICE-100 Compressor Ice Cream Maker, reviewed

I’ve had a series of Cuisinart ice cream makers over the years, both the type that use a frozen canister and the kind that use an internal compressor. While the frozen canister models work well and I always recommend them as a first time ice cream maker purchase, the compressor models allow you to make multiple batches without any advance preparation. This is because the ... Read More »

Nordic Ware Flower Petits Fours Pan

Nordic Ware Flower Petits Fours Pan

I find that I bring home fresh flowers (or pick them, when I can) on a regular basis during the spring. While the stores are still full of flowers during the winter, the change in season really makes me want to bring a little more of nature indoors. Another way to decorate with flowers is to use a specialty pan to turn ordinary teacakes into ... Read More »

Cook’s Illustrated Tests Bundt Pans

Cook's Illustrated Tests Bundt Pans

A bundt pan is a staple piece of equipment for every baker. The pans make beautiful cakes that look impressive the moment you pop them out of the pan, as the fluted designs on the bakeware transfer directly onto the cake. I love bundt cakes and make them on a regular basis.┬áThis month, the test kitchen at Cook’s Illustrated took a look at bundt pans ... Read More »

Epica Electric Milk Frother and Heater, reviewed

Epica Electric Milk Frother and Heater, reviewed

I drink quite a bit of coffee – after all, it pairs so well with so many baked goods! – and definitely like some variety in my coffee routine. I have more than a few coffee makers, everything from an espresso machine to a Nespresso to a Chemex. There are lots of options for coffee makers out there, but there aren’t as many options when ... Read More »

Cook’s Illustrated Tests Cookie Scoops

Cook's Illustrated Tests Cookie Scoops

Portion scoops, or cookie scoops, are the best tool you can use to bake cookies with a uniform size and shape. The scoops come in a variety of sizes and allow you to easily produce ball after ball of dough with ease. In a recent issue (Jan/Feb 2017), Cook’s Illustrated set out to test some scoops and see which ones outperformed the rest.┬áThe test kitchen ... Read More »

CHiP Smart Cookie Oven is an Easy Bake for Cookie-Loving Adults

CHiP Smart Cookie Oven is an Easy Bake for Adults

I loved using my Easy Bake Oven as a kid. Even though the lightbulb-powered oven perpetually underbaked anything that you put inside of it, it was fun and incredibly satisfying to use. And I didn’t really mind that my cakes, cookies and other desserts were underdone at the time. If the convenience of small batch cookie baking still appeals to you enough that you want ... Read More »

Zombie Baking Cups

Zombie Baking Cups

When you have an occasion or holiday coming up, it’s nice to be able to make your cupcakes stand out by serving them in a fun wrapper. I have pumpkin wrappers for Halloween, snowflake wrappers for Christmas and confetti wrappers for birthdays, all of which help give my cupcakes – even simple chocolate cupcakes – a festive look. If you want to get really creative ... Read More »

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