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KitchenAid Flex Edge Beater


Stand mixers are great tools to have in the kitchen, as they can handle all kinds of jobs with speed and ease, from creaming butter and sugar to kneading bread dough. One minor annoyance to using KitchenAid stand mixers, which are easily one of the top selling stand mixer brands available, is that the included paddle attachment doesn’t do an effective job of getting everything ... Read More »

Tartlet Baking Set

Mini Tart Baking Set

Tartlets make beautiful desserts. Bite sized and elegant, these desserts aren’t usually the first choice for home chefs to put together because it is a little bit of a hassle to cut the pastry and press it into dozens of individual mini tart shells before baking. Imagine that all of those tart shells were not separated, but were all together in a single pan, like ... Read More »

What is parchment paper?

Parchment Paper

One thing that comes up in baking recipes almost as often as butter, flour, sugar and eggs is parchment paper. It is recommended for lining baking sheets, lining cake pans and being used to roll out pie crusts and cookie dough. But what is parchment paper? Parchment paper is a heavy duty grease and moisture resistant paper that is used in baking and cooking because ... Read More »

MixerMate Bowl, reviewed

MixerMate Bowl, reviewed

Sometimes, it just takes a very small change to make a big difference. This is true in many things, but it is equally true in the kitchen. The BeaterBlade is a great example. This stand mixer attachment has a silicone “blade” that extends from what is otherwise a regular paddle attachment. It scrapes the bowl as it mixes, making blending easier and faster than with ... Read More »

Wilton Bunny Whoopie Pie Pan

Wilton Bunny Whoopie Pie Pan

Whoopie pies are typically round in shape, made with soft, cake-like cookies that sandwich a creamy filling. It may be tradition to have round whoopie pies, but it isn’t written in stone that all whoopies must be round, either. These classic snack cakes are enjoying a surge in popularity right now and to make them a little more holiday-appropriate, Wilton has just introduced a Bunny ... Read More »

Nordic Ware Egg Waffle Pan

Nordic Ware Egg Waffle Pan

Egg waffles are a popular street food in Hong Kong. The unique waffles look like bubble wrap and come out of a specially shaped waffle iron crisp on the outside and fluffy inside, with a sweet, eggy flavor. This was one of those foods that you really only saw when traveling to Hong Kong, and it was difficult to find the special pans anywhere else, ... Read More »

Wilton 6-Cavity Silicone Heart Mold

Wilton Heart Pan

Sometimes, it is hard to resist a seasonal baking pan and I was pulled in by the Wilton Silicone Heart Mold when I saw it in the baking aisle just before Valentine’s Day. This silicone pan has six heart-shaped cavities that are just about the size of a standard muffin cup. It was touted as being freezer, oven and microwave safe (up to 500F) and ... Read More »

Wilton Heart Whoopie Pie Pan

Heart Whoopie Pie Pan

Cake-like, cream-filled whoopie pies are enjoying a huge surge of popularity right now as a retro treat at bakeries and restaurants. They’re easy to make at home, too, and while they’re usually just made free-form on a baking sheet (much like regular cookies), some cake pan manufacturers are now coming out with whoopie pie pans to speed the process along and help to give home ... Read More »

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