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Can You Bake With Eggnog?

Can You Bake With Eggnog?

Eggnog is a holiday staple for many of us. The creamy drink starts with milk that is thickened with eggs, sweetened and flavored with nutmeg and vanilla. While some versions are uncooked, the majority – especially store-bought versions – are cooked so you don’t have to worry about drinking raw eggs. The flavor of eggnog is distinctive and immediately evokes the holidays, so it is ... Read More »

Can I Mix Apples in a Pie Filling?

What are the best apples for baking apple pie?

When it comes to apple pie fillings, some apples perform better than others. I always look for apples that are crisp, sweet-tart and juicy. There are many types of apples that fit this description, though, and I often get asked if you can mix different types of apples together in a pie filling. The short answer to this question is yes, you absolutely can mix ... Read More »

How to Butter (or Oil) a Bundt Pan

How to Butter (or Oil) a Bundt Pan

Bundt cakes are always impressive, thanks to the beautifully fluted and shaped pans that they are baked in. Though the cakes are easy to make compared to layer cakes because they (typically) require no frosting or special post-baking preparation before you can serve them, they’re not always easy to bake. Bundt cakes can get stuck in the nooks and crannies of the same pans that ... Read More »

How to Make No-Cook Meringue Buttercream

How to Make No-Cook Meringue Buttercream

There are two main kinds of buttercream frostings: cooked and uncooked. The uncooked buttercream is also known as American buttercream, and it is made simply by beating butter and confectioners’ sugar (along with milk and flavorings) until it is thick and creamy. The cooked buttercreams start with a hot meringue, which has butter (and flavorings) beaten into it after it has cooled. The meringue-based buttercreams ... Read More »

Chocolate Chips vs Chocolate Chunks in Baking

Chocolate Chips vs Chocolate Chunks in Baking

Chocolate is one ingredient that I always have in my pantry, and in a variety of forms. I have chocolate bars – everything from white chocolate to unsweetened chocolate – as well as chocolate chips, chocolate chunks, chocolate powder (mostly for hot chocolate) and cocoa powder. Chocolate chips and chocolate chunks are the two items that I reach for the most because, after all, aren’t ... Read More »

How to Make Barrel Aged Vanilla Extract at Home (Without a Barrel)

How to Make Barrel Aged Vanilla Extract

Many spirits are barrel-aged, including rum, whiskey and even gin, to name a few, because spending time in a barrel softens the bite of the alcohol and adds additional flavors to the spirit. Most – but not all – spirits are aged in oak barrels and the wood will add slightly different properties depending on how it was prepared. These days, people have been experimenting ... Read More »

How to Bloom Gelatin

How to Bloom Gelatin

When you are working with gelatin in a recipe, the directions will typically ask you to “bloom” the gelatin before using it.¬†Blooming is the process of soaking gelatin in cold water before using it. The water serves to soften the gelatin, whether you are using gelatin sheets or powdered gelatin, and prepare it to dissolve easily when combined with the rest of your ingredients. If ... Read More »

How to Cut Through Toasted Marshmallow

How to Cut Through Toasted Marshmallow

Sticky foods tend to be more difficult to cut through than others and toasted marshmallows may be one of the trickiest of all. Not only is the marshmallow gooey inside, but you need to preserve as much of the crisp exterior as possible and prevent the marshmallow from becoming completely smushed. Now, if you’re toasting marshmallows to make s’mores, you probably don’t need to cut ... Read More »

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