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How do you temper eggs?

Tempering eggs

Tempering eggs is a critical culinary process, especially when it comes to making puddings, custards and other similar recipes. Eggs are tempered when a hot liquid (usually milk) is carefully streamed into them, bringing the eggs up to a very high temperature without cooking them. When properly incorporated, eggs have thickening properties that will help bring a custard to the appropriate consistency. This process is ... Read More »

How to make chocolate dessert cups

Homemade chocolate dessert cup

How many times have you ordered a dessert in a fancy restaurant and received it neatly tucked inside of a ring of chocolate? Chocolate is not only a great ingredient when it comes to flavor, but it’s great to work with when it comes to presentation, as well. One of the easiest things you can do with chocolate is make a chocolate cup, in which ... Read More »

How to make a double boiler

Homemade double boiler

When you put a pot on the stovetop, it gets hot – especially the parts of the pot that make physical contact with the heating element, be it flame or electric coil, of the stove. I’m not going to speculate about how hot your stove gets, since it depends on how your stove is powered, but that flame or coil is very hot. When heating ... Read More »

How to make waffle cone bowls

Shaping a waffle cone bowls

I’ve really been enjoying my new pizzelle maker lately and eating more ice cream than usual as a result of the fact that creamy ice cream is a good match for the crispy waffle cookies in ice cream sandwiches. Since the pizzelles taste like waffle cones, turning them into ice cream cones seems like an obvious option, too. Unfortunately, the pizzelles made with my baker ... Read More »

Why use a springform pan?

Springform pan

A springform pan is a type of cake pan that has removable sides. The strip of metal that makes up the sides of the pan is shaped into a ring and is held together with an adjustable latch or buckle. It can be tightened by snapping the latch into place, tightening the ring and creating a tight seal with the pan’s base. When unlatched, the ... Read More »

What is a crumb coat?

Crumb coat being applied

A  crumb coat is a term that comes up fairly often for those of us who like to bake cakes, but it is not often well defined in recipes. Sometimes, it isn’t mentioned at all, although anyone who has ever tried to frost a cake and ended up with lots of crumbs stuck in the frosting would certainly find that knowing how to apply a ... Read More »

How to choose fruit for grilling

Grilled fruits, pineapple and peaches

Cooking outside when the weather is nice is very appealing, and it’s nice to be able to make dessert while you’re outside – and without heating up the house to bake – so one of the best summertime desserts out there is grilled fruit. Grilling can make fruit sweeter, as it caramelizes the natural sugars in the fruit, and can make them seem even juicier ... Read More »

How to pick a good baguette in Paris

Good Baguette

It seems like there are several boulangeries, or bakeries, on every block in Paris selling baguettes and other types of breads. Sandwich shops and some cafes, many of which look just like bakeries themselves, also sell baguettes and baguette sandwiches. So how can you pick a good one? In part, it’s a crap shoot because there are just so many out there, but there are ... Read More »

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