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How to Toast Pecans in the Oven

How to Toast Pecans in the Oven

There are lots of recipes that call for pecans, from muffins to ice cream to pie, and just about every single one of those recipes will be better if you make it with toasted pecans instead of untoasted ones. Toasted nuts have a firmer texture than untoasted nuts and have a richer, more complex flavor that lacks the vegetal notes you sometimes find in raw ... Read More »

How to Neatly Cut a Meringue Pie

How to Neatly Cut a Meringue Pie

Meringue-topped pies can be very challenging to cut because the meringue can stick to the knife and tear, resulting in slices that are still tasty, but don’t look as pretty as they could. When you go to the trouble of making a beautiful meringue to top your pie, I think that you deserve a slice that looks picture-perfect – don’t you? Fortunately, it is possible ... Read More »

How to Get Perfect Bundt Cakes Out of the Pan

10 Tips for Perfect Bundt Cakes

Bundt cakes are some of the most visually appealing cakes that you can make. They come out of the pan ready to serve, with pretty swirling designs already set into your cake. At least, that is what you hope will happen when you bake a bundt cake. Unfortunately, bundt cakes have a tendency to get stuck in the pan, leaving you with a less-than-picture-perfect cake.┬áThere ... Read More »

How to Juice A Passion Fruit

How to Juice a Fresh Passion Fruit

Passion fruits are one of my favorite fruits (although I admit that I do have a lot of favorite fruit!) because its unique sweet-tart, floral flavor really captures the essence of the tropics. The fruit is actually a type of berry and it thrives in temperate climates. While it is associated with the tropics and thrives in temperate climates, there are quite a few varieties ... Read More »

How to Use A Pastry Blender

How to Use A Pastry Blender

A pastry blender is a kitchen tool with metal tines that allows you to cut butter, or other fats, into flour quickly and easily. The tines are curved, so you can use the tool right in your mixing bowl, and they are attached to a handle that makes it very easy to grip. Pie crust, scones and other flaky pastries can all be made with ... Read More »

Baking Bites Kitchen Renovation – How to Have a Vintage Cooktop Refinished

How to Get A Vintage Cooktop Restored

When I bought my new place, it hadn’t been updated in decades. While previous residents had made small changes, such as replacing the carpet, installing some chair rail in one room and putting up new layers of wallpaper, not a single person had touched the kitchen and all the appliances were original to the time of construction in 1964. Appliances are important to me and ... Read More »

What is the Best Way to Cut Butter into Flour?

What is the Best Way to Cut Butter into Flour?

Whether you are making a quick batch of scones or preparing pie dough, there are many recipes that require you to cut butter into flour. Cutting the butter into flour is an essential step for producing a tender, flaky pastry – but it is also a step that intimidates a lot of bakers who haven’t had much experience with the technique. There are several methods ... Read More »

How to Make Your Own Self Rising Flour

How to Make Self Rising Flour at Home

Most of my recipes call for all purpose flour and it is a staple ingredient in most kitchens. As you can tell from the name, it’s good for a wide variety of baked goods, from cookies to cakes to breads. Another popular flour is known as “self rising flour.” Self-rising flour has a leavening agent and salt already added to it, which means that you ... Read More »

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