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How to Peel Almonds

How to Peel Almonds

Almonds are a delicious tree nut (they’re technically drupes, but culinarily they are considered nuts) that make a wonderful snack and ingredient to bake with. Almonds usually have a thin brown skin attached. The skin is edible and doesn’t impart too much flavor to the nuts, so most of the time we leave it on. That said, there are times when you may want to ... Read More »

What is The Difference Between Cream Pies and Custard Pies?

What is the difference between cream and custard pie?

Custard pies and cream pies are two pies that are similar enough that they are often confused. The differences between cream pies and custard pies are all in how they are prepared. Custard pies have a filling that is a mixture of eggs, sugar and other ingredients – milk, pumpkin puree, chocolate, etc – that is whisked together and poured in a pie shell to ... Read More »

How to Ripen Bananas Quickly

How to Ripen Bananas Quickly

When I buy bananas, I buy more than I need. In other words, if I think that I’m going to eat three bananas in a given week, I buy five or six. The leftover bananas will ripen to the point of being overripe, with dark brown mottled peels that make them look a bit unappetizing as an in-hand snack, but perfect for turning them into ... Read More »

How to Use Freeze Dried Fruit in Baking

How to Use Freeze Dried Fruit in Baking

Freeze dried fruit is often found in the snack aisle at the grocery store. You can even find it packaged as apple/pear/strawberry chips and marketed as a healthier alternative to potato chips. I am not big on snacking on freeze dried fruit because the dry, powdery texture just doesn’t work for me. I do buy a lot of freeze dried fruit, however, because it is ... Read More »

How Much Zest Does Citrus Fruit Yield?

How Much Zest Does Citrus Fruit Yield?

Citrus zest is a fantastic way to get a lot of flavor into a recipe. The zest is the colorful skin of citrus fruit and it is packed with flavorful essential oils. Recipes that use zest can be anything from pies to muffins to savory dishes. Most of those recipes call for a specific quantity of zest, but don’t specify how much fruit you need ... Read More »

Why Do Cheesecakes Crack – and How to Avoid It

Why do Cheesecakes Crack, How to Prevent It and How to Fix It

The ideal cheesecake will have a smooth, flat surface that is just waiting to be sliced into pieces and delivered to you on a plate. If you’ve baked a couple of cheesecakes, however, you know that they sometimes crack either during baking or as they cool off. A cracked cheesecake can often be covered up by adding a dollop of whipped cream or a generous ... Read More »

How to Eat a Tim Tam

How to Eat a Tim Tam

Tim Tams are one of my favorite packaged cookies. They have two crisp wafer cookies sandwiching a mousse-like chocolate filling, and the whole cookie is enrobed in milk chocolate. They’re indulgent and satisfying to eat. That being said, some ways are better ways to eat a Tim Tam than others and the best way (perhaps the only way) is to do a Tim Tam Slam. ... Read More »

How to Measure Molasses

How to Measure Molasses Easily

Thick, sticky molasses can be a difficult ingredient to work with because it is so hard to measure. Molasses should be measured by volume in the same type of measuring cup that you might use for measuring water, milk or oil. It’s not that you can’t use a dry measuring cup to measure molasses, but that the pour spout on liquid measures makes it much ... Read More »

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