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How to keep brown sugar soft

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Brown sugar can be a bit problematic because, when left unattended, the moist sugar can quickly transform into a rock-like state. This happens because the sugar dries out and the molasses used to keep it brown (most brown sugars are white sugars, with molasses added back) hardens and sticks it together like glue. There are several ways to avoid this problem. The easiest is by storing the ... Read More »

How to make a root beer float

root beer float

 Although it was nothing in size compared to the record-setting Coke float, I guess you could say that I was just a little inspired by the giant ice cream soda because I decided to make myself a – much smaller – root beer float. Floats, and ones made with root beer in particular, pair perfectly with hot dogs, hamburgers and just about any other summer ... Read More »

How to cut an angel food cake

angel food cutter

Angel food is one of my favorite types of cake (and cupcakes). Its light sweetness and cloud-like texture make it the perfect end to many meals because it pairs well with coffee and doesn’t feel heavy after even a large meal. But the texture is not without its drawbacks. For example, it doesn’t go particularly well with heavy, buttercream-type frostings and it is prone to ... Read More »

Do I need to rotate cakes while baking?

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Occasionally when baking, you may find yourself with a lack of oven space. Smaller than standard ovens pose little problem for most breads and cookies - assuming that they give you the full temperature range of a regular oven - but can pose a challenge for cake-bakers, especially if you want to bake a layer cake. Most standard sized ovens give you enough shelf space that you can ... Read More »

How to Substitute All Purpose Flour for Cake Flour

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A question I get asked on a regular basis is “Can I substitute all purpose flour for cake flour?” It is far less common to hear the reverse (although I have actually done so in recipes when I was out of flour and couldn’t be bothered to go to the store), since if you have one kind of flour at home, it will generally be all ... Read More »

How to bake really chewy cookies

I go back and forth, trying to decide whether I prefer chewy cookies or crisp ones. More often than not, I’ll take the crispy cookies because most cookies that claim to be chewy don’t really end up being exactly what I had in mind. There are exceptions to this general rule, like these Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies, but there is only one type of cookie ... Read More »

How to make a great hamburger

How to make a great hamburger

When I’ve written about making hamburger buns (and hot dog buns)in the past, I generally left out any sort of instructions for making the filling. Basic hamburgers are made with ground beef, which is seasoned and grilled over a relatively high heat, leaving a juicy inside and a patty with very slightly crisp edges. The timing for grilling hamburgers varies so widely that I won’t ... Read More »

How to make an extra large cake

While most people will have to scale a recipe from time to time, doubling a batch of rice pilaf for a crowd or halving a batch of pancakes to feed only one or two, not everyone will be require to scale recipes for baked goods. You have to be exact with a cake recipe. The first thing to do is determine what size pan you’re ... Read More »

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