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Pizza stone kits tested

Villaware Pizza stone set

When it comes to baking pizzas at home, a baking stone is crucial for getting a great crust. The stone draws moisture out of the pizza dough as the crust bakes, preventing steam from getting trapped beneath the crust and causing your pizza to get soggy (or, at least, not entirely crisp). Even top-quality baking pans don’t give you the same effect, so it’s worth ... Read More »

Crown Heart Cupcake Pan

heart crown cupcake pan

Cupcakes are so cute in their natural state that it almost seems unnecessary to try and cute them up any more. Note that I said almost. This Crown Heart Cupcake Pan from Williams Sonoma does a fine job at doing just that. The muffin pan has heart-shaped depressions around the top of each cup, which allow the batter to spread into them as the cake ... Read More »

Push-n-Pull Tool

Push-n-Pull Tool in action

Imagine this: you’re baking a pair of 8-inch round cakes, intending to make a layer cake once they have baked and cooled. The cakes are in the oven cooking away and you notice that they are browning unevenly. You open the oven, reach inside to adjust the pans and after moving the first pan, jump back with a yelp because you accidentally touched the wall of ... Read More »

Make your own cookie cutters

Make your own cookie cutters

It’s not hard to find cookie cutters in just about any shape you might want to bake a cookie in. All you need to do is Google around until you find a webstore that carries your design of choice – and there are thousands out there. Now, if you want to head out to the store and pick up an unusual cookie cutter, or are ... Read More »

Bake-in-Pie Spatula

When I mentioned my new pie gate last week, commenter suzer pointed me over to another useful pie-baking accessory that I wasn’t really familiar with: the Bake-in-Pie Spatula. The spatula looks like a handle-less version of a regular pie spatula and is meant to be laid in the bottom of the pie dish before baking. Since the handle of the spatula extends over the edge of ... Read More »

SideSwipe mixer blade

sideswipe mixer

Stand mixers are great kitchen tools, especially if you frequently make large batches of recipes and can use the break from stirring cookie dough, kneading bread and other high-intensity mixing activities. Unfortunately, a stand mixer isn’t good at everything and there are two very similar places in which it fails to work perfectly. The first is in mixing very small batches, as the blades of ... Read More »

Pie Gate

Not to be confused with any similarly-named political or real estate scandals, the Pie Gate is a neat little kitchen gadget that is a great item to have on hand if pies and tarts are on your favorite desserts list. It simpy unfolds and can be inserted into a pie plate where it will sit right up against the side of the pie. From here, ... Read More »

Igloo and snowman pans

shaped winter cakes

Shaped, holiday pans can be tough for a baker to resist, but let’s face it: how many times can you make a Santa-shaped cake? The window of opportunity to use a cake pan like that is very small, even if it does make an ideal cake for a Christmas Eve party. In terms of practicality, it is much more useful to have a pan that will ... Read More »

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