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Nordic Ware Square Bundt Cake Pan

Nordic Ware Square Bundt Cake Pan

Bundt cakes are instantly recognizable due to their unique shape. The ring-shaped cakes are baked in fluted pans that have a central tube rising up from the center of the mold. The central tube helps the cake batter to cook evenly, though the pans are typically very deep. Bundt cakes can come with many different designs, though most feature ridges or grooves of some sort, ... Read More »

Wilton Round Ice Cream Sandwich Pan

Wilton's Ice cream Sandwich Pan

I don’t know about you, but I love a good ice cream sandwich. I regularly use homemade cookies – from oatmeal raisin to double chocolate – to make ice cream sandwiches at home during the summer. I frequently make them ahead of time and pack my freezer full, so that they will be on hand when I am in the mood for a frozen treat. ... Read More »

Cook’s Illustrated Tests Ice Cream Scoops

Cook's Illustrated Rates Ice Cream Scoops

Ice cream scoops are a must-have kitchen tool for ice cream lovers – and ice cream cookbook authors. Unfortunately, ice cream scoops do not always work out exactly as advertised. Over the years, I’ve had all kinds of ice cream scoops that ranged from very traditional designs to high-tech spoons that required all kinds of preheating to provide the perfect scoop. In this month’s Issue ... Read More »

Chef’n Looseleaf Herb Stripper

Chef’n Looseleaf Herb Stripper

Fresh herbs and greens are wonderful ingredients to use in the kitchen. They’re aromatic and can really bring a lot of flavor to your dish. When working with fresh herbs, the leaves of the herbs typically have to be stripped off of their stems before you can add them into a dish or chop them up because the stems are not quite as delicious (and ... Read More »

Chef’n Pastrio

Chef'n Pastrio

I have more than a few dough scrapers in my kitchen, and you probably should, too. I have a metal scraper that is good for getting every bit of pastry off of a hard surface, like a quartz countertop, and several plastic ones that are a better choice when I’m kneading dough on a silpat or even chopping up a head of lettuce for a ... Read More »

Pop Cuisine Measuring Set

Pop Cuisine Measuring Set

Bakers have to have good math skills because there is very little room for error with many baking recipes. Baking is definitely a science, where you have to be a little bit more precise with your measurements than a “pinch of this” or a “dash of that” – especially if you want to ensure that your recipes turn out perfectly time and time again. This ... Read More »

Williams-Sonoma Snack Bar Pan

Williams-Sonoma Snack Bar Pan

I enjoy making homemade granola bars and other snack bars, especially when I am planning a long hike, road trip or other activity where I need to have a good supply of snacks. I typically make the bars in large baking pans, then cut them down to the size that I need. This system works well, but anyone who has made a homemade granola bar ... Read More »

Wilton Four Layer Rectangular Cake Pan Set

Wilton Four Layer Rectangular Cake Pan Set

When I turn loaf cakes into layer cakes, I usually use a long, serrated knife to make long, horizontal cuts and divide the cake into multiple layers. It takes a bit of patience, as you need to hold your knife very steady to ensure that the layers are even and the cake doesn’t crumble to tear while you work. An alternative to working with a ... Read More »

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