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What is blind baking?

Blind Baking

Blind baking is a term used to describe the process of pre-baking a pie or tart crust before it has been filled. Blind baking crusts can be partially baked before filling or baked completely, depending on the pie recipe you are using. There are a couple of reasons that a pie crust might need to be blind baked. The first is that some pie fillings ... Read More »

How to Make Sugar Skulls

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Sugar skulls are a decoration that is closely associated with the Dia de los Muertos, or the day of the dead. The traditional folk art have been made for centuries in Mexico. The skulls represent the souls of loved ones who have died, and they are typically decorated with colorful icing, ribbons and other decorations to celebrate the life of the departed. Sugar skull making ... Read More »

How to Use Cake Stencils

Cake Stencils

Cake stencils are an easy to use tool for decorating cakes, cupcakes and cookies. They’re typically made of thin plastic or metal and feature a cut out design on them. The designs can be anything from a simple smiley face to an elaborate snowflake scene. They’re used by holding the stencil over your cake and sprinkling a finely ground powder – such as cocoa powder, ... Read More »

How to Thicken Frosting

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Layer Cake

Most of the time, when we think of frosting, we think of something sweet with a thick, smooth and spreadable consistency. Frosting can be very thin, like a glaze, when you want to drizzle a little extra something over the top of a bundt cake, but we usually want a thicker frosting for topping our cupcakes and layer cakes. The exact consistency of frosting will ... Read More »

How to use Greek Yogurt in Baking

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Over one third of the yogurts sold in most grocery stores are Greek or Greek-style yogurt, taking over shelf space where “traditional” yogurts once sat. Greek yogurts are thick and tangy, with a distinct natural yogurt taste that isn’t covered up by too much sugar or additional flavorings. Greek-style, for reference, typically means a thick or strained yogurt that isn’t made with milk that has ... Read More »

Secrets for Perfect Pie, a class from Sherry Yard and Evan Kleiman

Sherry Yard and her pie

A perfect pie is something that just about every baker wants to be able to put together. Pie is a great dish with an unbeatable combination of flaky dough and rich filling – whether you’re making luscious fruit pies or hearty savory pies. One way to get better at pie-making is practice. The other way to get better is to get tips from people who ... Read More »

What are freestone peaches?

Freestone Peaches, pitted

You will often see peaches labeled as “freestone” or “clingstone” when shopping for fruit. These terms refer to different types of peaches, not specifically to different strains of the fruit. Many varieties of peaches exist, just like apples and other fruits, but most varieties of peaches are similar in terms of looks and flavor and you’ll rarely see a specific name (other than white or ... Read More »

How to choose an ice cream maker

Ice Cream Makers

While there are recipes out there for great no-churn ice creams, if you want to make ice cream at home more than once or twice a year, you will probably want to consider buying an ice cream maker. An ice cream maker will help you make ice cream quickly and will ensure that you turn out a consistently great product that is smooth, creamy and ... Read More »

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