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Holly Leaf Loaf Pan

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One easy way to get into the holiday spirit is by changing up your bakeware to something that is a little more festive than usual. A new loaf pan, for instance, will turn your usual banana bread into something worthy of a holiday party. This Holly Leaf Loaf Pan from Williams Sonoma is a great example of a pan that can dress up an otherwise ... Read More »

Muffin Tops Baking Cups

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There are a few definitions of “muffin tops.” One is the delicious top portion of a muffin that has just the right ratio of golden exterior to fluffy interior. For some, muffin tops are even better than whole muffins. The other definition of a muffin top is a little bit less delicious and refers, according to Wikipedia, to “overhanging fat that spills over the waistline ... Read More »

iSpoon Kitchen Stylus

iSpoon Kitchen Stylus

It is great to keep your tablet handy in the kitchen, whether it is an iPad or some other tablet, since you can easily reference all your favorite recipes, blogs (like Baking Bites, of course) and even whole cookbooks as you cook without cluttering up your counterspace. The downside of keeping a tablet in the kitchen is that there is always a chance you might ... Read More »

Silicone Cranberry Ring Mold

Silicone Cranberry Ring Mold

My grandmother had a set of molded Tupperware containers that she used to make a variety of Jell-O salad dishes around the holidays. They were a colorful presence on the holiday table and the intricate designs of those molds always looked lovely – even if the various salads weren’t exactly the stars of the table (in fairness, some were much tastier than others). I still ... Read More »

Williams Sonoma Pie Basket

Pie Basket

Pies are one of the top holiday desserts out there and that means that you are probably going to be transporting pies to various events this holiday season. I know that I often bring pies to holiday parties and get-togethers. Pies are difficult to transport because pie plates tend to be very slippery and the pies themselves tend to be delicate. I can’t count how ... Read More »

Williams Sonoma Pie Weight Disc

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Pie weights are a type of tool that bakers use to hold down pie crusts while they are blind baking, to ensure that they keep their shape as those flaky layers form in the dough. Pie weights can range from a bunch of ceramic beads to a pile of dried rice or beans (the least expensive pie weight out there), but the hardest part of ... Read More »

Botanical Pumpkin Loaf Pan

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A lot of pumpkin pans are geared towards Halloween and have a spooky element to them. Pumpkin desserts, however, are enjoyed all autumn and don’t need to be limited to spooky Halloween celebrations. The Botanical Pumpkin Loaf Pan from Williams Sonoma is the kind of pan that you can use throughout the fall, from well before Halloween all the way into winter. It has a ... Read More »

Chef’n Buttercup Butter Maker

Chef’n Buttercup Butter Maker

Homemade butter is something that everyone should make at least once. It only has one ingredient – heavy cream – and with a little bit of muscle, you can turn it into butter in just a few minutes. One of the first times that I made homemade butter I used a stand mixer and made a fairly large batch. Smaller batches are easier to make ... Read More »

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