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Balsamic Vinegar Fudge Cookies

Vanilla Balsamic

Vinegar pops up in some baked goods as a quick and easy way to add an acid to a recipe, allowing a leavening agent like baking soda to get a little extra lift when added to a batter. Vinegar is rarely used as a flavoring agent and in the recipes that call for it, you can almost never taste it in the finished product. These ... Read More »

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Carrot cake is a crowd-pleasing dessert. Although I admit that chocolate and vanilla will probably always have a slightly bigger fan base than carrot cake does, there is just something about a moist and spicy cake carrot cake that makes it a big hit every time I serve one. Carrot cake will probably win itself even more fans when it shows up in cupcake form. ... Read More »

Engagement Ring Pie

Engagement Ring Pie Slice

Last year, I was fortunate enough to be a judge at the American Pie Council‘s Crisco National Pie Championship in Florida. I got to taste dozens of pies and helped pick out the best in show. I would have done it again for their 2011 contest, but I was out of the country when the championship was held. I’m giving the pie contest a nod ... Read More »

Whole milk vs low fat or skim milk in baking

Low fat milk

Many baking recipes call for milk as one of the main ingredients. Many recipes will call for a specific type of milk – whole milk, low fat, skim – and others will simply call for it without specifying the fat content. This brings a couple of questions to the surface: what is the difference between whole milk and skim milk, and does it matter what ... Read More »

Lighter Everyday Cinnamon Rolls

Freshly made cinnamon rolls

Who can resist a soft, gooey cinnamon roll? And the better question is, do you really want to resist one? Cinnamon rolls are one of the most delicious breakfast options out there. They’re sweet, satisfying and very indulgent – not to mention fairly time consuming to make. They’re a great brunch item to make when you have some extra time on a weekend, but they’re ... Read More »

Low Fat Fudgy Brownies

Low Fat Fudgy Brownie Wedge

I happened to catch an episode of the America’s Test Kitchen TV show this past weekend and was suprised – and delighted – to see that it was about making low-fat versions of two chocolate favorites: brownies and chocolate mousse. Naturally, I quickly scrounged around for a pen and something to write on (I ended up with a napkin – which, incidentally, I do not ... Read More »

Light Chocolate Mousse

chocolate mousse presentation

Mousses are wonderful summertime desserts. They are light, require no (or minimal) cooking and can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer until ready to be served – and it is certainly hard to resist a cool dessert on a hot night. Chocolate mousse has to be one of the most popular mousses out there, and a rich, velvety chocolate mousse is the ideal dessert ... Read More »

Red Velvet Cake Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Filling

Red Velvet Cake Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Filling

Red velvet cake is one of my favorite types of cake. It is a buttermilk cake with a hint of cocoa – just enough for flavor, not enough to make it “chocolate cake” – that has a gorgeous red hue. The red, in theory, comes from the interaction between baking soda and cocoa powder, but to get the bright red color that the cake is ... Read More »

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