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How to Pack and Ship Holiday Baked Goods

Package of Baked Goods

Homemade baked goods are one of the best gifts that you can give during the holiday season. They’re good any time of year, of course, but the holiday spirit seems to make people enjoy baked goods even more than usual! Baked goods, even some as simple as chocolate chip cookies made with the back-of-the-bag recipe (which is generally a good one, incidentally), are tasty, relatively ... Read More »

How to keep a pie crust from shrinking

Imperfect Pie Crust

When you put the effort into making a homemade pie crust for a Caramel Banana Cream Pie or other recipe that calls for a prebaked crust, it can be very disappointing if the crust that you worked so hard to make shrinks and gives your pie a less-than-perfect presentation. There are two ways that pie crusts can shrink and a couple of things that you ... Read More »

How to make a Flaky Pie Crust

Double Crust Blackberry Pie

Pie crust is typically made with just a few ingredients: flour, water, salt and fat. The fat is usually butter or shortening, and occasionally a little bit of sugar or cinnamon makes its way into the crust for flavor. It’s a simple recipe and it should be simple to make, but the reality is that it can be tricky to make a perfectly flaky pie ... Read More »

How to Repair Food

How to Repair Food

Do you know what to do if your hard boiled eggs crack during cooking? Is there a way to fix overcooked pasta so it has more of an al dente bite to it? The answers to questions like these can be found in How to Repair Food, a little volume that “tells you what to do when any kinf of food or drink is… overcooked, ... Read More »

Why do pie crust recipes approximate the amount of water?

Pie Crust, unbaked

If you bake pies at home, you will notice that most recipes for pie crust (pastry crusts, not crumb crusts) give you an approximate amount of water to add to the dough, not an exact amount. This can be frustrating when you are unsure of the correct consistency of the finished pie dough and want to get the recipe done as accurately as possible! There ... Read More »

How to make a pumpkin-shaped cake

Pumpkin Cake

There are several ways to make a pumpkin shaped cake for fall entertaining, whether you want a cake jack o’lantern for Halloween or a simple spice cake that doubles as a centerpiece for Thanksgiving. The easiest option is to buy a pumpkin-shaped pan. This is all well and good if you have space to store one during the off season, or simply plan on baking ... Read More »

Can you toast coconut in the microwave?

Toasting coconut

Toasting shredded coconut is a great way to bring out its flavor, just as toasting walnuts, pecans and other nuts brings out their nuttiness. Toasting gives coconut a beautiful brown color and takes it from soft to crisp, adding texture to your recipe in addition to color and flavor. It is easy to toast coconut in a skillet or in the oven, but it is ... Read More »

How to use fresh ginger

Fresh ginger

Fresh ginger is not as friendly looking as powdered ginger, which comes in a neat little canister along with all of the other dried spices. It goes into baked goods along with dry ingredients and requires no prep time. Fresh ginger, on the other hand, looks a little alien by comparison. The bulbous root is firm and it’s not obvious how to use it – ... Read More »

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