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Maple Shoofly Pie

Maple Shoofly Pie

Shoofly Pie, or shoo-fly pie, is an unforgettable dessert because it has such an unusual name. No one really knows when the name originated, but theories include that pie-lovers had to “shoo flies” away from the sweet, sticky molasses-based pie every time they served it. The pie is a Pennsylvania Dutch traditional dessert, but it can be found in many different parts of the country ... Read More »

What is molasses?

Molasses bottles

Molasses is a byproduct of the process of refining sugar cane into sugar. It is a thick syrup, dark in color, with a very strong sweet and somewhat bitter flavor. It is frequently used in baking and it is particularly popular in recipes for spice cookies and cakes, where it adds a lot of brown sugar flavor without making a recipe too sweet. Like honey, ... Read More »

Gingersnap Cupcakes

Gingersnap Cupcakes

Gingersnaps are known as spicy, crispy cookies. In some iterations, the “snappiness” of the cookie comes only from its texture, while in others (the better ones, in my opinion), generous spicing is what makes them “snap.” I wanted to capture that spiciness in a cupcake and make something that would stand out from regular gingerbread. My favorite gingersnap recipe is one that was originally from ... Read More »

Spicy, Chewy Molasses Cookies

Spicy, Chewy Molasses Cookies

There is something about molasses cookies that gives you a warm, snuggly feeling when you eat them. Part of this comes from the fact that these cookies are usually seasonal treats, baked in warm kitchens when it’s cool outside. Part comes from the chewiness of the cookies, which allows you to slowly savor each bite and take your time as you eat. The rest of ... Read More »

How to pour honey and other sticky things

Pouring honey

Honey, molasses, maple syrup, agave syrup and other similarly thick, sticky and sweet liquids can be great to bake with. They all add moisture and lots of subtle flavors to a baked good, moreso than you can get with sugar alone. Unfortunately, they’re not all that easy to work with because it’s hard to measure them – or more accurately, it’s hard to get the ... Read More »

What are demerara, turbinado and muscovado sugars?

demarra and muscovado sugar

When it comes to baking, recipes mostly call for powdered/confectioners’ sugar, plain sugar or brown sugar. The textures and properties of these three types are taken into account when the recipe is formulated. But they are not the be-all and end-all of sugars, and a few of the “specialty” sugars (by which I mean that they’re less common here in the US) are gaining in ... Read More »

Gingerbread Blueberry Muffins

I must say that I felt a bit bad seeing that my front post was not about baking when this blog got a mention in the Guardian the other day, but to make up for that, I promise that this is a really good recipe. I love gingerbread in just about any form it comes in, from cookies to cakes to pancakes, and usually look ... Read More »

Oatmeal Molasses Batter Bread

I’ve talked about batter breads before. Their main advantage is that they are incredibly simple, involving no kneading and still produce an excellent loaf. It is so simple, in fact, that there is not much to say about it! This recipe makes one loaf with a soft, moist open crumb and a slightly crisp, thin crust. I mixed up the dough in my stand mixer, ... Read More »

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