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Baking Essentials for Beginners (Principles, Tools, and Ingredients)

When you are new to baking the whole process can seem very alien, and taking the steps towards learning it a little daunting. Unlike in general cooking, some quite complicated chemistry is involved, and it helps if you have an idea of some of the basic principles before you start. Below we have outlined some of the essential baking principles, …

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12 Essential Baking Tools For Beginners

So you want to start baking? What a great decision! Baking at home opens up a whole world of delicious foods and cooking projects that you can do every day. The possibilities really are endless. However, you will need a few things to get you started. This guide show you the top 12 essential tools you will need to bake …

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Must-Have Cake Decorating Equipment for Beginners

Have you ever walked past that bakery window and seen the beyond-spectacular cakes? You probably think that these cake designers go through years and years of pastry school and practicing in many bakeries to master the art of cake decorating. Sometimes this is true, but you can make beautiful cakes right at home with the right tools! Using cake decorating …

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20 Unique Baking T-Shirts for Baker Enthusiasts

Whether it’s for yourself or a gift for a loved one, t-shirts are the perfect way to express your passions and interests to those around you. If you love to bake, you’re probably always thinking about the last thing you made or the next idea that you have. When you wear a baking t-shirt, it makes it easy to strike …

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What Is a Stand Mixer Used For?

You may be asking yourself, what is a stand mixer? What do you do with it? Why would I need one? How do I choose one? Are they a waste of money or an essential kitchen tool? Hopefully, we can help you answer these questions. If you have a picture in your head of what a stand mixer is, chances …

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The Function of Ingredients in Baking (Baking 101)

You may not have thought of it this way before, but baking is really a type of chemistry experiment – albeit a tasty and useful one which you perform in your kitchen instead of a lab. Each of the ingredients you use serves a particular function, reacting with each other to produce new combinations and create the structure, flavor and …

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What is Short Dough (and How to Use it)?

You have probably noticed that the term “short” pops up a lot in baking contexts. Short dough, shortening, shortbread and short cake – it can be easy to confuse them, and not-so-easy to understand what each of them means. They are all related however, and here I will provide you with a brief explanation of them through a discussion of …

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How Long Do No-Bake Cookies Last?

Everyone loves a good cookie. We all know that a good cookie lasts for multiple days without losing its iconic crispy or chewy texture and buttery flavor. But can no-bake cookies survive just as long as regular ones? The answer is yes. No-bake cookies can, for the most part, be stored at room temperature. In this case, they last about …