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There are lots of reasons why you might want your cookies to come out flatter. Flat cookies might be your personal taste preference, and that’s a good enough reason by itself to make them that way. Let’s look at some tried-and-true techniques for getting a flatter cookie. Find a Recipe for Flat Cookies One of the easiest ways to get a batch of flat cookies is to find a recipe that is designed for that…

There is nothing in the world like creamy fudge; it melts in your mouth and the smooth flavor delights your senses. One of the most crucial steps in making delicious, perfect fudge is the hardening process. After all, part of the appeal of fudge is its texture. Baking is not the same thing as cooking; although both involve using heat to cause chemical reactions in food, baking is a much more precise art. Therefore, there…

Cheesecake is one of the most decadent and delicious desserts you can order in a bakery or make at home. Its rich, creamy texture is unlike anything else on earth. Most cheesecake recipes are designed to produce entire cakes, enough to feed multiple people. If you’ve got leftovers, what can you do with them? Can they be frozen? In this article, we’ll look at what no-bake cheesecake actually is in the first place. Then, we’ll…

They say that we eat with our eyes and that couldn’t be more true when faced with freshly baked bread. With one loaf warm and toasty and golden brown and another one also freshly baked but white on top looking like it came out of the oven too soon, it’s easy to see which one you would want to start slicing. What happens when bread doesn’t properly brown? First, we will see why this happens,…

There is nothing quite the same as a perfect Bundt cake. It looks as good as it tastes, with its browned exterior, gentle grooves, and perfect sphere in the center. Because the look of a Bundt cake is a defining feature, a broken Bundt cake is a particular baking tragedy. In this article, we’ll look at a few steps to attempt to fix that broken Bundt and salvage your hard work. First Things First: What…

When that chocolate craving strikes, there’s nothing like a rich, decadent brownie to satiate it. It can be tantalizing to wait for them to cook, and frustrating when that process seems to be moving slower than it should. Even worse, what happens when your brownies aren’t cooking, and are coming out swampy and raw in the middle? Follow Your Recipe Exactly There are a lot of mistakes that you might make along the way when…

Making homemade bread is an artform, one that takes practice and a meticulous attention to detail to perfect. It is so disappointing and frustrating when bread doesn’t come out right. Usually, dense bread (especially at the bottom) is the result of too little gas getting in the dough and not making its way through the whole loaf. But knowing this fact alone does not help you improve your bread-making skills. We will look at various…

Julia Child once said that “A party without cake is just a meeting,” and she was right. Angel food cake is both delicious and versatile, able to be used for any occasion (even a meeting!). Angel food cake has an amazingly light flavor and fluffy taste on its own, but it is made even better when it is topped with any of hundreds of possibilities. Many summer hosts especially will keep a few of them…

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