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Chicago Metallic Nonstick Madeleine Pan, reviewed

Chicago Metallic Madeline Pan

Madeleines are one of those baked goods that require a specialty pan to get them right, because even though you can bake the batter in mini muffin tins, you just can’t capture the spirit of a madeleine (the cake that writers wax so poetic about) in any other form. Madeline pans can carry a wide range of price tags and can be made out of ... Read More »

Dr Oetker Caramel Mug Cake, reviewed

Dr Oetker Caramel Mug Cake

Most cake recipes are going to bake up a full sized bundt, sheet or layer cake, which means that your options are limited when you want to have just one piece of cake to satisfy your sweet tooth. If you already have leftover cake sitting around, of course, you won’t have a problem. If don’t already have cake available, you may be tempted by a ... Read More »

Real Simple taste tests Butters

Butter Brands

The brand of butter that you buy may be influenced by where you shop, the price of the butter and even the packaging. most people don’t take the time to realize that not all butters are created equal and that the flavor can vary quite a bit from brand to brand. In a recent test, the magazine Real Simple tasted and compared 78 different brands ... Read More »

Streamline Fruit Toppings & Fillings Apple & Cherry, reviewed

Streamline Fruit Toppings & Fillings Apple & Cherry, reviewed

I find that homemade pie fillings are always the best fillings, but there are some good, gourmet pie fillings out there these days and I like to keep my options open by giving them a try. These gourmet pie fillings can be good when you need a filling fast, but they’re even better for dishes, like quick fruit cobblers, and ice cream sundae or oatmeal ... Read More »

Chuao Chocolatier Spicy Maya Brownie Mix, reviewed

Spicy Maya Brownie Mix from Chuao Chocolatier

Cake and brownie mixes can offer a lot of convenience when you need a foolproof treat quickly, and it’s not a bad idea to keep one in the back of your pantry. I’m usually a little more interested in seeing how upscale brownie mixes compare both to homemade and other box mixes, since I’ve been seeing more and more chocolate makers branch out into brownie ... Read More »

Reynolds Wrap Nonstick Pan Lining Paper, reviewed

Reynolds Wrap Nonstick Pan Lining Paper

Nonstick parchment paper is a great tool to have in the kitchen. Perfect for lining cookie sheets and cake pans, parchment paper makes cleanup easy and prevents your baked goods from sticking to your pans. Parchment paper is best used on flat surfaces (such as the bottom of pans), but there are things that I bake that I like to be able to lift out ... Read More »

Nestle Toll House Dark Chocolate Baking Bar, reviewed

Nestle Toll House Dark Chocolate Baking Bar

When you think of Nestle Toll House, you probably think of their chocolate chips and classic chocolate chip cookies. The company makes a wide variety of chocolate chips, including seasonal Mint Chocolate Chips and fancy-looking Peanut Butter Swirled Chips. Due to the ever-increasing popularity of dark chocolate (and to more consumers interested in quality chocolate), Dark Chocolate Morsels with 53% cacao content were introduced to ... Read More »

Cook’s Illustrated rates Cookie Jars

Cookie Jars

You might put out a tray of cookies or other baked goods when entertaining friends and family, but to keep them at their peak they should be stored in airtight containers to preserve their freshness if they’re not going to be eaten within a few hours. I used to have a few ceramic cookie jars (and I’m sure that I’m not the only one) that ... Read More »

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