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Ring Pan vs Bundt Pan

What is the difference between a ring pan or a ring mold and a bundt pan? Both are circular baking pans with holes in the center. But aside from a similar overall shape and the fact that they can both me made from many different types of material – from stoneware to silicone – there are quite a few differences between these pans. The standard ... Read More »

How to pack up homemade food gifts

Homemade treats are one of the best gifts you can give during the holidays. Not only are they usually very budget-friendly, but they also show your giftee that you put time and a personal touch into their gift. You can’t beat that for holiday spirit, whether you’re taking a platter of goodies to a family party or bringing a simple box of snacks to a ... Read More »

How to choose a roasting pan

Mauviel Roasting Pan

A crowd-feeding turkey is the biggest thing that some of us cook during the year, and that often means that we need special cookware to accommodate its size and shape, while most oven-roasted meats and vegetables do just fine in smaller and shallower pans. A roasting pan should be big and fairly deep, about 3-4 inches, to hold all the drippings from your roast and ... Read More »

How to add fruit to pancakes

Pancakes with berries

Blueberry pancakes are a great way to start off breakfast, but getting the fruit inside the pancakes can be surprisingly difficult. Stirring the berries into the batter seems like the best way to combine the two elements, though stirring can cause berries to burst and discolor the batter. Discoloration only gets worse when you use frozen berries, which don’t need to pop before they start ... Read More »

What is gluten?

homemade baguette

The word “gluten” is probably so well know these days because we are all so much more aware of people with gluten intolerances and products that are gluten free. Of course, this doesn’t really describe what gluten is. Gluten is protein in wheat flour and some other cereal grains. Gluten is elastic, and when combined with water, the proteins first come together in long strings. ... Read More »

What are the Best Apples for Caramel Apples?

Delicious caramel apple

Caramel apples have always been a fall classic, combining the crisp and juicy texture of apples with sticky, sweet caramel for a wonderful treat. As a kid, I could always count on a neighbor or two to have some caramel apples available at Halloween (usually to give to the families they knew, reserving wrapped candies for other trick-or-treaters). These days, I either have to make ... Read More »

How to patch pie dough

Unbaked pie crust

The dough for pie crusts isn’t difficult to make, but it can be tricky to perfect. The idea crust will come from a dough that has visible chunks of butter (or of shortening) still in it after cutting in the fat. These fat deposits are what make pie dough extra tender (from shortening) or flaky (from butter) during baking. When the dough is rolled out ... Read More »

How to pour honey and other sticky things

Pouring honey

Honey, molasses, maple syrup, agave syrup and other similarly thick, sticky and sweet liquids can be great to bake with. They all add moisture and lots of subtle flavors to a baked good, moreso than you can get with sugar alone. Unfortunately, they’re not all that easy to work with because it’s hard to measure them – or more accurately, it’s hard to get the ... Read More »

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