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How to Make Homemade Ketchup

How to Make Homemade Ketchup

You probably have a variety of condiments in your refrigerator right now. At the very least, there are probably a few jars of mustard, a few bottles of sriracha or other hot sauces and some ketchup. Condiments like these are not items that we usually think of making from scratch, but it is possible to make each and every one of them – and the ... Read More »

How to Make Quick Cooking Oatmeal

How to Make Quick Cooking Oatmeal at Home

There are several types of oatmeal available at the grocery store – steel cut oats, regular oats (a.k.a. old fashioned oatmeal or rolled oats), quick cooking oats and instant oatmeal – but it is usually regular or quick cooking that is recommended for baking. If you only have room for one type of oatmeal in your pantry, I recommend stocking regular oatmeal because you can ... Read More »

How to Make Whipped Cream in a Food Processor

How to Make Whipped Cream in the Food Processor

Whipped cream is always a treat and it is not difficult to make, though it takes a little bit of arm strength if you want to do it by hand instead of using a canister. One easy way to make whipped cream is in the food processor. This method takes no more than a minute or so and you can make both large and small ... Read More »

Do I need to scald milk for baking?

Do I need to Scald Milk for Baking?

There are many recipes that call for “milk, scalded” on their ingredient lists, including cakes, cookies and breads. This is an especially common instruction in older cookbooks, while it tends to appear slightly less often in more modern baking recipes. This raises the question of whether milk needs to be scalded – and, if so, why does it appear in some recipes and not in ... Read More »

Do I Need a Crepe Pan to Make Crepes?

Do I Need a Crepe Pan to Make Crepes?

Crepe pans are relatively flat pans that have either no sides of very short, sloping sides to them. They are lovely to look at, with their specialized design, and the packaging will rave about how much easier a crepe-specific pan will make the crepe-making process. Sometimes, cooks even feel intimidated by the idea of making crepes because they feel that they might need a special ... Read More »

How to Chop Chocolate

How to Chop Chocolate

There are many recipes that call for chopped chocolate, from fudgy brownies that need melted chocolate for the batter to chocolate chunk cookies that should be loaded with generously sized pieces. Chopping your own chocolate for baking recipes allows you to have complete control over the chocolate, so you can give yourself very finely-chopped chocolate for a quick and even melt or coarsely-chopped chocolate for ... Read More »

How to Use Tea in Baked Goods

How to Bake With Tea

At its simplest, tea is a beverage made from pouring hot water over cured tea leaves. We have a huge variety of teas available to us because it is easy to add flowers, spices and herbs to those basic leaves to create a wide range of wonderful beverages in all kinds of different flavors. Tea can be a wonderful addition to baked goods because of ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Use Leftover Eggnog in Bread Pudding

Eggnog Bread Pudding

I love a glass of eggnog, whether it is homemade or storebought, served straight or spiked with rum, during the holidays. It is one of those seasonal treats that you really only get to enjoy this time of year. If you happen to have leftover eggnog in your refrigerator this weekend, put it to good use in a delicious Homemade Eggnog Bread Pudding! I whipped ... Read More »

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