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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 »

How to pit cherries without a cherry pitter

Pitted Cherries

When you are working with fresh cherries, it is necessary to remove their pits before you can safely put them into a recipe. There are traditionalists who say that you get more flavor when you cook the cherries with the pits still inside (“traditional” cherry clafouti are notorious for this), but anyone who has unexpectedly chomped down on a cherry pit in a pie or ... Read More »

Sweet Cherries vs Tart Cherries in Baking

Sweet Cherries

There are two main types of cherries out there: sweet cherries and tart cherries. Sweet cherries, or dark cherries, have a much sweeter flavor and are the type of cherries that you’ll see sold in bulk for eating out of hand. Bing, rainier and sweetheart are just of the more common varieties of sweet cherries out there. Tart cherries have a sharp, tart flavor and ... Read More »

Why do chocolate chips sink to the bottom of cakes?

Chocolate Chips on Bottom of Cake

Adding chocolate chips to a cake recipe or a muffin batter sounds like a great idea, but it is one idea that usually does not work out as planned. Chocolate chips often end up sinking to the bottom of a cake, quickbread or muffin batter as it bakes in the oven, creating a finished product with very uneven chip distribution and not delivering the type ... Read More »

How to make Red, White and Blue Swirl Whipped Cream

Colorful Whipped Cream

Whipped cream is a great way to top off just about any dessert. It is sweet and light, just as good for breaking up the intensity of chocolate cake as it is to bringing some richness to a bowl of strawberries. The white is a good contrast for the colors of many desserts, but when you are looking for a colorful dessert, you might want ... Read More »

How to Roast Strawberries

Sliced Strawberries

In most desserts, strawberries are used fresh. They’re not known for being a great baking berry, since they tend to lose their texture more than raspberries and blueberries do when they spend some time in the oven. But there are some benefits to letting your strawberries spend some time in the oven, which is why there are some delicious desserts that feature baked strawberries even ... Read More »

How to Pair Wine with Dessert

Mondavi wine pairing

Wine is usually paired with savory items. When you go to a restaurant and they offer wine pairings, more often than not these pairings only extend to the appetizers and entrees – not to dessert, which is paired with only coffee more often than not. I love coffee, but I am also a fan of wine, and wine – believe it or not – can ... Read More »

How to store cakes and cupcakes in the summer

Yellow Layer Cake

Baked goods should usually be stored in airtight containers to give them the longest shelf life and keep things from becoming stale. Airtight containers will keep cookies crisp and chewy and keep cakes moist and fresh tasting much longer than simply leaving them out on the counter. During the summer, however, keeping your baked desserts in an airtight container can actually create some unexpected problems, ... Read More »

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