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How to Make Brownies Without an Oven (5 Alternative Methods)

When I’m in the mood for a comforting treat, my go-to is definitely brownies. Chocolaty, rich, moist, and oh so delicious. And of course, everyone I know loves brownies as much as I do. However, whipping up a batch of brownies takes time and in the heat of summer I’m often hesitant to turn on my oven in the middle …

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14 Unusual Baking Ingredients (To Turn Ordinary into Unique)

If you are an avid baker or even just a casual baker, you are definitely familiar with sugar, flour and butter. You know that sugar adds sweetness to your baked goods and flour adds stability. Butter adds delicious fat that makes baked goods melt in your mouth. Sure, these classic and necessary ingredients are amazing but maybe you are looking …

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8 Ways to Level a Cake (With or Without Tools)

If you want a perfectly flat, beautifully iced cake, you need to first learn how to level a cake properly. There are a few ways to go about making your cake nice and level so you can try each method and decide which is best for you. So will you start leveling your cake with a knife or will you …

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How to Remove Brownies from a Pan (Without Crumbling or Breaking)

Brownies really are the most versatile of all cakes and desserts. Eaten on their own or topped with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce, brownies are a sweet treat that really no one can resist. A quick search online will produce any number of brownie recipes, all the way from your classic brownie to cream cheese brownies to blondies made …

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How to Use Cupcake Liners (And the Different Types and Their Uses)

We all have cupcake liners in our pantry, ready to use anytime we bake cupcakes or muffins – plain paper, foil, or fancy ones with designs that are great for those special occasions. If you’re like me, you may wonder why we use these baking cups and when we should be using them. Should you use them every time you …

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How to Keep Pie Crust from Getting Soggy (11 Tricks to Try at Home)

Pies are delightful any time of the year, but my favorite time is summer, when fresh fruit is in season. Strawberry-rhubarb, blueberry, or cherry….there isn’t a pie my family and friends don’t love. But there’s nothing worse than making the perfect pie crust only to have the bottom get soggy when baked with a fruit filling. Suddenly the tasty treat …

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When to Use Pastry Flour (And How it Differs from Other Flours)

With so many choices available, I keep a wide selection of flours in my kitchen. Unbleached all-purpose white, whole wheat, cake flour, and even gluten-free. And then there’s pastry flour. But just what is pastry flour? And when should you use it instead of reaching for one of the other flours? Pastry flour has a finer texture than other flours …

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12 Easy Ways to Make Cupcakes Without Eggs (Using Household Ingredients)

You may think that it is completely necessary to use eggs in order to make delicious cupcakes. However, this is definitely not the case- you can actually make fantastic cupcakes without eggs! So the next time you want to make yourself a sweet treat and find that your egg carton is empty, don’t fret, just use one of the great …