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Tovolo Slide Pops, reviewed

Tovolo Slide Pops, reviewed

Push up pops go by many different brand names, but the popsicles are all very similar. They’re packed in a (usually) cardboard tube with a plastic base that has a stick attached to the bottom it. The stick serves both as the popsicle’s handle and as a tool to push that plastic base up, forcing the popsicle up to the top of the cardboard tube, ... Read More »

Laser Cut Rolling Pins Make Baking More Fun

Custom Laser Cut Rolling Pin from Valek, Robot Pattern

A rolling pin is a standard tool in the baker’s kitchen. They’re usually smooth cylinders of wood with only slight variations in shape. They’re used to flatten dough quickly and easily, and they’re definitely known for their functionality before their style. Valek Rolling Pins makes some fantastic laser-engraved rolling pins in a variety of designs that are sure to add some flair to your baking. ... Read More »

Bear Hands Oven Mitts

Bear Hands Oven Mitts

Everyone knows that you should never grab a hot pan with your bare hands unless you want to risk some pretty severe burns. That said, if your bare hands happen to be covered with a pair of these Bear Hands Oven Mitts, you’ll probably be just fine no matter what type of pan you need to handle. Made by Fred, these ultra-cute oven mitts are ... Read More »

Chefn’ Sweet Spot Ice Cream Slab

Chefn' Ice Cream Slab

Homemade ice cream is a wonderful treat, however you really need to have an ice cream maker in your kitchen arsenal in order to get the best results when you make it. There are some outstanding no-churn ice cream recipes out there, but as good as those recipes are, your ice cream options are much more limited when you don’t have an ice cream maker. ... Read More »

Drop Scale Aims to Make Baking Easier

Drop Baking Scale

Bakers will tell you that everyone should have a kitchen scale at home. It may seem easier to scoop up a cup of this and a tablespoon of that, but measuring your ingredients will give you more accurate and more consistent results in the long run. Many people avoid scales because they just seem like extra work, though scale-lovers swear that they streamline the baking ... Read More »

Macarons, Sprinkles and the Swatch Pastry Chef Collection

Swatch Pastry Chef Collection: Macaron Watch

I have a lot of timers in my kitchen. They keep me on schedule and prevent me from forgetting to check my baked goods at the appropriate time. I have oven timers, microwave timers, cell phone timers and, of course, my watch. A watch is both a tool and a fashion accessory – and I have never seen watches that are more appropriate for bakers ... Read More »

Wilton Spoon Cookie Pan

Wilton Spoon Cookie Pan

Dipping a freshly baked cookie in a glass of milk, or into a mug of coffee or tea is one of life’s little pleasures. You might want to pair chocolate chip cookies with milk and save the biscotti for tea, but there is no wrong way to mix and match cookies with beverages. The hardest part about such a pairing is often getting the cookie ... Read More »

What are cake strips?

Cake Strips

There are many problems that you can run into when you are baking cakes. The cakes could turn out to be overdone around the edges or excessively domed, requiring a lot of trimming to get them down to layer-cake proportions. Some cake “problems” are simply the result of a recipe that isn’t the right fit for your project (some cakes dome more than others, for ... Read More »

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