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Cook’s Illustrated Tests Belgian-Style Waffle Irons

Cook's Illustrated Tests Belgian-Style Waffle Irons

Crispy Belgian waffles with deep, syrup-catching pockets and fluffy interiors are a breakfast treat that many of us don’t get to eat nearly as often as we would like to. Belgian waffles require a special type of waffle iron that will produce the correct waffle shape, as well as a great waffle batter recipe that will give the waffles just the right consistency. Fortunately, there are ... Read More »

Pizzeria Pronto Stovetop Pizza Oven

Pizzeria Pronto Stovetop Pizza Oven

There are people who spend years trying to perfect their at-home pizza game. The easiest way to improve your homemade pizza is by using a pizza or baking stone in your existing oven, which gives your pizza crust a very hot surface on which to bake, but it is hard to replicate the ultra-hot stone ovens that pizzerias have at home. If you have the ... Read More »

Cook’s Illustrated Tests Food Processors

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My food processor gets a lot of use because it is one of the most versatile tools in my kitchen. Food processors can do everything from pureeing ingredients for soups to whipping up fluffy whipped cream to kneading pizza dough – and that is just the tip of the iceberg. They’re also fairly large, as countertop appliances go, so if you are going to make ... Read More »

Williams-Sonoma Heart Madeleine Pan

Williams-Sonoma Heart Madeleine Pan

I have a couple of madeleine pans in my collection. While madeleines are often made in small batches at home, you really don’t need more than one or two pans at a time, however the relatively small size (and pretty look) of madeleine pans make them just about irresistible and I have found room for quite a few in my collection. Madeleines typically have a ... Read More »

Wilton 5 Layer Heart Cake Pan Set

Wilton 5 Layer Heart Cake Pan Set

Wilton makes some great products for cake bakers and decorators, whether you only bake during the holidays or do it on a daily basis. They’re always coming out with interesting shaped pans that allow you to make impressive and fun cakes easily. I’ve really enjoyed working with their 5 Layer Cake Pan Set, which allows you to easily make an impressively tall layer cake, so ... Read More »

Cook’s Illustrated Reviews Mini Loaf Pans

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I love making mini loaves. They’re cute, fun to serve and easy to pack up as gifts for friends and family. The other bonus is that they have a shorter baking time than full sized loaf cakes and breads, so you will be able to eat your favorite baked goods with a much shorter wait time. Most recipes intended for 9×5-inch loaf pans can be ... Read More »

Baking Bites Kitchen Renovation – Demo Day!

Baking Bites Kitchen Reno - Taking Down the Cabinets

Once I decided that I needed to redo my kitchen - a decision that took less than a minute, given that the room hadn’t been upgraded since it was built in the early 1960s – I had some decisions to make. Specifically, I needed to decide if there was anything worth saving in the space. As I mentioned in my earlier post, I really liked the ... Read More »

Nordic Ware Mini Citrus Loaf Pan

Nordic Ware Mini Citrus Loaf Pan

Mini loaves are fun for entertaining because they’re cute and easy to serve. They’re also excellent for gift-giving, as they can be easily wrapped up before delivery. They also bake up more quickly than full size loaf cakes, which means that you’ll be able to take a bite of that freshly baked cake in almost no time at all. I’ve used a wide variety of ... Read More »

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