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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 …

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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 …

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How Long Should a Cake Cool Before Frosting?

When you are making a cake, you may want to bake it as quickly as possible and get to the fun part- decorating! However, if you rush into frosting your cake, you may be quite disappointed with the end result. The temperature of your cake is very important when it comes to getting the outside …

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Why Pastry Cracks When Rolling (And How to Prevent or Fix It)

No matter what time of year it is, it’s always time for pastry! Berry tarts, a delicate pastry with custard cream, or a lattice apple pie – all are favorites with my family. And to make a delicious pastry treat, you need the perfect dough. But this is where things can sometimes go wrong. For …

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Healthy Baking Substitutes for Sugar, Flour, Butter, and Eggs

When you are planning on baking something delicious, you may look at the recipe and wish that you could make it a little healthier. While baking typically implies that you are making sweet desserts that are known to be on the unhealthier side, this doesn’t have to be the case! There are many ways in …

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