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Breville Pie Maker, reviewed

Breville Mini Pies

Breville’s new Personal Pie Maker is one kitchen appliance that got me excited when I first heard about it. It’s a countertop appliance that is slightly bigger than a waffle iron and it bakes individually sized pies in just a few minutes, cooking pie pastry from both sides with a hot, griddle-like surface. Regular pie making is not a difficult process, but it is time ... Read More »

Monster Pops Cookie Pan

Monster Pops Cookie Pan, up close

The companies that make specialty pans and other baking accessories are getting more and more creative with the holiday ideas that the come out with, so where we once had just two pumpkin-shaped pans to choose between for Halloween baking, there is now a wide array of everything from Witch’s Fingers to 3D Skulls. This Monster Pops Cookie Pan from Wilton is just another fun ... Read More »

Jack-O-Lantern Cookie Cutter Set

Jack-O-Lantern Cookie Cutter Set

One of my favorite Halloween traditions is carving pumpkins into jack o’lanterns and I always carve at least a few every year. The spooky faces of carved pumpkins don’t always translate well into baked goods like cookies, because it is very difficult to carve out the eyes, nose and mouth of a cookie-sized jack o’ lantern unless you have a very sharp, small knife and ... Read More »

Cupcake to Go Cupcake Holder

Cupcake To Go

Cupcakes are as popular as ever and one of the reasons for that popularity is that their single serving sizes make them portable and easy to eat. There are many options for carriers that will tote one or two dozen cupcakes, but there are many fewer options that will allow you to tuck a single cupcake into your lunch without it getting squished inside of ... Read More »

Wilton Cookie Bowl Pan

Ice Cream Cookie Bowl Pan

An ice cream sundae or banana split is going to be delicious no matter what type of bowl it is served in, but assembling and serving it in an edible bowl that adds another layer of flavor to the dessert is going to trump even a fancy ice cream dish. All kinds of cookies make great bases for ice cream sundaes because they allow you ... Read More »

Wilton Bone Cookie Pan

Bone Cookie Pan

Halloween is the perfect time of year to get creative with baked goods. You can pretty much go all out with colors and unusual decorations – after all, when else would you see Zombie Cookie Cutters and a Witch Finger Shortbread Pan? This year, Wilton has come out with a spooky new design that will make a great addition to any Halloween bakeware collection. Their ... Read More »

How to bake with a specialty shaped pan

Shaped Pans

In addition to standard round and square cake pans, the shelves of cooking stores are lined with plenty of shaped pans. These pans come in designs from sandcastles and cartoon characters to miniature wedding cakes, giving you the option of baking a cake that features an elaborate design without trying to carve an intricate pattern into a cake yourself. Most of these specialty shaped pans ... Read More »

The Cake Knife

The Cake Knife

Layer cakes are notoriously difficult to slice and serve if you want to keep the slices looking their best. After the cake has been sliced, you typically need to slide a small spatula or even a pie server underneath the wedge of cake and try to transfer it to a waiting dessert plate. The multi-layer slices of cake often shift around, needing to be held ... Read More »

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