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Batter Blender

Batter Blender

Whisks are often the best tools for mixing up a batter. Because of the way that the multiple strands of wire weave through the ingredients, it does an efficient job of combining them all without overmixing anything. Unfortunately, a whisk doesn’t work well for all types of batter. Brownie batter, for instance, is usually too thick to be whisked, and a portion will always clump ... Read More »

Topsy Turvy Cake Pan

Topsy Turvy Cake Pan

Whimsical cakes, with their irregularly shaped, tilting layers and brightly colored frosting, are just as popular as they ever were, even though they are far more common than they were just a few short years ago. At least, they’re now as common in the shops of professional cake decorators as they are at the Mad Hatter’s tea party table. The cakes are made by shaping ... Read More »

Adjustable Pie Cutter

Progressive Int'l Pie Cutter

They say that the first slice of cake is always the most difficult to get out of the pan. It’s hard to get a spatula or knife underneath a slice without being able to approach it from the side. This is doubly true of pies, where not only is it difficult to get the first slice out cleanly, but it is difficult to cut the ... Read More »

Wilton Dimensions Tulip Pan

Wilton Dimensions Tulip Pan

Spring is in the air – and possibly in the kitchen if you have a pan like the Wilton Dimensions Tulip Pan. The bundt pan has a gorgeous tulip design that is simple, well-defined and comes out cleanly in a finished cake. The big problem I have with some other flower-themed pans is that they can go overboard with the detailing. Shapes like roses, for ... Read More »

Kuhn Rikon Squeezable Decorating Kit

Kuhn Rikon Squeezable Decorating Kit

Kuhn Rikon’s new Squeezable Decorating Kit looks very cute at first glance. It consists of two tall decorating bottles, three short decorating bottles, five steel decorating tips (round, ribbon, leaf, star and basketweave) and a frosting spatula. It’s a great looking package and most of the equipment really will be useful in the kitchen. While I prefer to use a pastry bag (or a plastic ... Read More »

Cook’s Country rates pie plates

My pyrex pie plate

There is more to producing a perfect pie than good recipes for crust and filling. The pie plate itself is actually crucial to success of a pie. Some brown better than others, others promise to produce a crisper crust. The ideal pie plate will cook a crust evenly and produce a good crispness – or, at least, not leave the pie crust a soggy stick-to-the-pan ... Read More »

What is a microplane?

Microplane

Adding zest from fresh citrus is one of the easiest and best ways to brighten up the flavor of a dish, or to infuse an extra burst into some baked goods. For years, however, getting the zest – the brightly colored outer part of the rind – from citrus was a tricky business. Your options were to either peel the fruit as best you could ... Read More »

Carrot Cake Pan

Fans of carrot cake might want to think about adding a new piece to their bakeware collection this spring. King Arthur Flour is offering this carrot-shaped (and carrot-colored) Carrot Cake Pan as a new item in their line. The pan couldn’t be cuter for a carrot cake. It’s made of glazed stoneware, and while not completely nonstick, stoneware usually offers a quick release for baked ... Read More »

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