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The Whimsical Bakehouse

The Whimsical Bakehouse

Sometimes, you’ll look at a cake and just say “wow.” And I’m talking about the good kind of “wow,” not the kind that is uttered when perusing Cake Wrecks. I’m talking about the kinds of cakes that might make you stop in a bakery window and stare, and these are the kinds of cakes that The Whimsical Bakehouse: Fun-to-Make Cakes That Taste as Good as ... Read More »

Baking with Agave Nectar

I am often asked questions about using sugar alternatives in baking, or how to eliminate the sugar from a recipe. I think that it is much easier to start out with a recipe that is closer to what you want, rather than try to take a “regular” recipe and convert it using various substitutions (often with less-than-perfect results) and maintain the original texture and flavor ... Read More »

Donuts: An American Passion

Unless I’m standing in a donut shop staring into a pastry case, I don’t think all that much about donuts. But some people do. Donuts are not just a brief pitstop of the mind, but a destination. The analogy might seem a bit silly, but companies like Dunkin’ Donuts are extremely popular for a reason and that is because people love their donuts. Donuts: An ... Read More »

Great Cookies: Secrets to Sensational Sweets

Great Cookies: Secrets to Sensational Sweets

There is, almost literally, a cookie out there for everyone. From casually thrown together drop cookies to carefully rolled out, cut out and frosted cookies, you can find a cookie recipe to suit every level of baking skill, every available time frame and every taste. This is why cookies are so popular, and it is also why there are so many cookie cookbooks out there. ... Read More »

You Made That Dessert?

You Made That Dessert?

There is no shortage of cookbooks that fall into the “baking is easy” genre. They range in type from books that tell you how to doctor up a cake mix to those that will walk you through the step-by-step process of how to bake and decorate a wedding cake. You Made That Dessert? fits into this category of cookbook, falling neatly right into the middle ... Read More »

Baking Artisan Bread

Baking Artisan Bread

Bread-baking is a subject that you can never have too many books about. It’s a skill that can take a lot of time and feel to fully develop, even if the basics are simple. This is especially true if your goal is to try and replicate some of the top artisanal loaves in your home kitchen. Baking Artisan Bread: 10 Expert Formulas for Baking Better ... Read More »

Cooking with Les Dames D’Escoffier

Cooking with Les Dames D'Escoffier

Les Dames d’ Escoffier International is an association of female culinary professionals founded in 1973 that is dedicated to recognizing and promoting the achievements and influence of women in culinary fields. The book Cooking with Les Dames D’Escoffier is a volume that features the favorite recipes of some of the members of this invitation-only association, women who have changed the way we cook both in ... Read More »

Making Artisan Gelato

Making Artisan Gelato

The first time I walked into a gelateria, I was blown away by the sheer number of flavors available. There were trays and trays of multi-colored gelatos and, unlike most ice cream stores, they weren’t the same flavors you’d find at the local 31 flavors. Hazelnut, pistachio, espresso, coconut, gianduja and champagne were just a few. The flavors were intense and the gelato was rich ... Read More »

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