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When it comes to baked goods, there are countless different recipes that you can work with to make the perfect dessert. Some people prefer to eat cookies while other people might be more interested in cake bars. However, one of the most universally loved baked goods out there is brownies. Especially if you live alone or you prefer to cook in bulk, you might find that you end up making more brownies than you know…

If you have ever prepared a pie crust that had to be baked in the oven before you added the filling you were “blind baking.” Recipes that call for blind baking include something like a lemon chiffon pie or a chocolate cream pie. These pies require a cooked crust but these fillings do not need to be baked. Fruit pies also work best with a pre-baked crust because if they were cooked at the same…

When you bake a cake from scratch, you already know you need to follow the directions exactly as they’re printed. If your recipe calls for milk or buttermilk, many people think the two ingredients are interchangeable, but is that really true? Can you use milk when the recipe calls for buttermilk and vice versa? A few things must be considered before determining the answer. Learning the Basics When a cake recipe calls for a liquid…

There’s nothing quite the same as a piece of fresh, homemade cake. Part of its appeal is its fluffiness, which affects how it tastes in the end. Nothing is as disappointing to a baker than having a cake come out flatter than expected but the good news is that there are simple steps you can take to prevent this from happening. Cake made from scratch has to have all of the right ingredients in order…

A fresh, hot donut is truly an amazing treat. You really can’t get anything better! However, keeping donuts fresh can be tricky. So how can you keep a donut from getting hard and dried out and preserve that amazing taste that comes when you bite into a newly cooked pastry? Here are a few tips and tricks that you can use to make sure that your donuts are fresh and delicious. You will never bite…

Fondant is an amazing type of icing that is used to sculpt and decorate cakes. It is made from sugar, water, corn syrup, and glycerol, and when rolled, it is similar to dough or clay. It can also be poured and used as a filling in desserts. You make fondant by supersaturating water with sucrose. When you heat water to boiling, it can hold twice as much sugar as it can at room temperature. You…

Flour sifters are wonderful utensils that allow you to sift flour for recipes. Sifting breaks up the lumps in flour and makes it much lighter and easier to mix into your recipes. If you sift flour with other ingredients, it helps to mix them so that they are evenly distributed in your recipe. Some recipes really benefit from using sifted flour, whereas sifting isn’t necessary for other recipes. If you want the flour to be…

There are many reasons why you may need a rolling pin when you are cooking or baking. In fact, a rolling pin could be considered an essential kitchen tool. So what can you do if you are making a recipe that calls for the use of a rolling pin and you do not have one on hand? What can you use in the place of a rolling pin? Do not worry! Luckily, there are plenty…

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