Category Archives: Gear and Gadgets

Egg-cellent Easter Pans

i like egg puns

We’re coming down to the wire on Easter and if you’re at all interested in baking some Easter-shaped goodies, this will be your last excuse to go out and pick up a neat specialty pan for doing so. Personally, I’m the type that might hold out until they’re on sale right after Easter, though I know that usually means I’ll have to hang on to ... Read More »

Coffee Mugs, cookies included

Cookie Mugs

When I was a kid, my favorite mug – for hot chocolate back then, not coffee – had a ceramic frog in the bottom of it that was slowly revealed I drank. It wasn’t the novelty of seeing the frog that made me like the mug, though it certainly was cute, but simply knowing that there was more to my simple hot chocolate than met ... Read More »

Bread warmer for serving

bun warmer

When you bake bread, you generally want it to cool down completely before slicing into it. This is because bread is still baking, in a way, when you take it out of the oven. As it cools, the steam inside the bread is very slowly released through the crust, setting the crumb inside. If you cut into it too quickly, your piece will still be ... Read More »

A discussion on kitchen shears

kitchen shears

Scissors are like the socks of the kitchen. Socks mysteriously disappear when you put them into the dryer and scissors, at least in my house, mysteriously disappear when put into a kitchen drawer. Sometimes they will reappear, of course, or they will not vanish at all, but in my experience it is inevitable. It happened to my favorite pair of kitchen shears this past week. Kitchen shears ... Read More »

Peeps Cupcake Pan

Peeps Cupcake Pan

I have a little bit of a thing for Peeps. Part of the reason I like them is that the sugar-coated marshmallows are fun to eat. The other part is that they’re simply too cute to resist. Peeps were the very first thing that sprang to my mind when I spotted Wilton’s Mini Bunny Cake Pan because the shape of each cake cavity is almost identical ... Read More »

Toothpicks versus cake testers

metal cake tester from C&B

Toothpicks are the gold-standard of cake testing. Most, if not all, recipes call for them and even though there are other ways to test for doneness (for instance, lightly pressing the top of a muffin/cake to see if it springs back into place), checking to see if a toothpick inserted into the center of a baked good comes out clean is consistently reliable. But many ... Read More »

Decorative cupcake wrappers?

It’s easy to compulsively buy cute cupcake and muffin papers when you see them in the baking aisle. You go through a package with every batch or two of cupcakes you bake, so you’re never really overloaded with them, and the seasonal ones make baked goods look oh-so-festive. I use them about three-quarters of the time, as while they make the cupcakes easy to handle, sometimes I just ... Read More »

Chocolate Paddle Thermometer for Tempering Chocolate

Chocolate Paddle Thermometer

The most important thermometer you can have in your kitchen is an oven thermometer, as if your oven isn’t accurate you’re not going to get a whole lot of cooking and baking done. Following that, meat thermometers and candy thermometers are also very helpful. I use meat thermometers both for meat and for testing the internal temperature of baked bread. Candy thermometers I use for ... Read More »

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