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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Extract

Baking Bites' Homemade Pumpkin Spiced Vanilla Extract

In the fall, pumpkin spice is everywhere. It is in the coffee drinks at your favorite coffee shop, in your pies, your cakes and your ice creams. Pumpkin pie spice is a blend of the spices typically used to season a pumpkin pie. It includes cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves, through it can also include ingredients such as cardamom, allspice, orange and anise. This spice ... Read More »

The Best Way to Save a Broken Cake

The Best Way to Save a Broken Cake

Every baker has had a cake that got stuck in the pan or broke coming out of the pan. Cakes – or parts of cakes – can get stuck in a pan for a wide variety of reasons. You may have forgotten to grease the pan before pouring in your batter or the nonstick coating on your pan may have begun to wear out. You ... Read More »

How to Store Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

How to Store Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

Few desserts can top a homemade ice cream sandwich during the summer – especially if you make yours with homemade ice cream and homemade cookies. I typically make a batch of cookies, stuff them all with ice cream and store them in the freezer so that I have them on hand to treat both myself and any visitors who might pop in. When assembling ice ... Read More »

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 »

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