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6 Ways to Add Flavor to a Graham Cracker Crust

6 Ways to Customize a Graham Cracker Crust

Graham cracker crusts are fantastic with many different pie fillings, from pumpkin to chocolate cream. They’re easy to make and there are even no-bake versions┬áthat you can use with no-bake fillings. The problem with graham cracker crusts is that they can get boring after a while because they all taste the same. Fortunately, it is easy to make a few small changes and completely turn ... Read More »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Muffin Pan Popovers

Baking Bites for Craftsy: How To Make Popovers in a Muffin Pan

Popovers are always welcome at my dinner table and I should make them more often than I do. The unique pastries have a crisp, browned exterior and an eggy, tender interior, and they are delicious whether they are served with sweet or savory accompaniments. There are specialty popover pans that you can use to make picture-perfect popovers at home. I have one and I love ... Read More »

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 »

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