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Ice Cream Parlor Mixing Set

Ice Cream Parlor Mixing Set

There are two types of ice cream shops. At one, you can get a couple of scoops in the bowl or cone of your choice. In the other, ice cream scoopers knead your ice cream on a marble slab, incorporating fruits, candies and other mix-ins, to create a custom ice cream flavor before transferring it to your bowl or cone. You really can’t go wrong ... Read More »

Wilton Cake Leveler

Wilton Cake Leveler

Leveling cakes is one of the trickiest tasks in baking. Leveling a cake, also known as torting a cake, is the process of cutting a thicker cake into several even layers that can be filled and restacked to form a finished dessert. To level a cake, you usually need a large serrated knife, a very steady hand and a lot of practice to ensure that ... Read More »

Cook’s Illustrated Rates Mixing Bowls

Cook's Illustrated Rates Mixing Bowls

Mixing bowls just might be the most important tool in the kitchen, especially if you’re a baker. All the spatulas, whisks and spoons in the world are awfully difficult to use if you don’t have a good bowl for mixing your ingredients! Mixing bowls are important, but most of us don’t pay all that much attention to the function of a mixing bowl in the ... Read More »

Zoku Fish Pop Molds

Zoku Fish Pops

Zoku is known for their quick pop makers, which allow you to make popsicles in as little as two minutes if you have pre-chilled the base. The gadget is fun to use, but traditional popsicle molds are even easier because they require less hands-on time, even if you do have to wait for the pops to freeze completely before serving them. Traditional molds also give ... Read More »

Nordic Ware Apple Cake Pan

Nordic Ware Apple Cake Pan

I do a lot of baking with apples all year long, but the fall is when apple season kicks into high gear. I bake all kinds of apple pies, muffins and cakes. Over the past few years, I’ve noticed that there are many pumpkin shaped pans that come out during the fall baking season, but few that are apple themed. Nordic Ware’s Apple Cake Pan ... Read More »

Fresh Picked Baking Cups

Fresh Picked Baking Cups

Strawberries and other berries come packed in cartons when you buy them at the farmers’ market. The containers are square and tend to be very distinctive, so that even when they are empty, they will make you think of fresh berries. Fred has introduced a set of Fresh Picked Baking Cups that captures the design of those classic cartons in a piece of silicone bakeware that ... Read More »

Magimix Vision Toaster, reviewed

Magimix Vision Toaster, reviewed

I love a good piece of toast in the morning. It’s simple, but versatile, so you can enjoy a slice of cinnamon sugar-topped toast or a savory Avocado Toast. I could eat toast just about every day, so my toasters get a lot of use. I say “toasters” because I have had many toasters in my life, and most of them have been pretty lousy. ... Read More »

How to Make Your Own Cake Stands

How to Make Your Own Cake Stands

Cake stands are a great way to present – and accessorize – your cake when you’re ready to serve it. It can be boring to use the same cake stands all the time, though. One way to change things up is to buy a variety of cake stands. The problem with this is that your pantry space and your kitchen budget get eaten up with ... Read More »

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