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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 …

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Can You Freeze Baked Cookies?

Whether it be a classic chocolate chip cookie, or a buttery sugar cookie made just in time for the holidays, we all want to savor our cookies. But what if we want to keep them for a long time? Can we freeze them? The answer is yes. Although it’s simpler to freeze simply the cookie dough, you can freeze baked …

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Essential Cake Decorating Tools and Their Uses

The world of cake decorating is a place many people just don’t venture. It’s also one of those things that when you start, you can’t seem to ever stop! Cake decorating can be extremely involved and is considered an art in many circles. From simple and classic, to over the top extravagant, cake decorating is a very different thing for …

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What is Blind Baking (and Why You Should Do It)?

You may have come across this term in recipe books time and time again, but still you’re not quite sure what it means. Or perhaps you’ve tried it once or twice, and still haven’t got that perfect pie crust that you were hoping for. While it may sound like an exercise in extreme adventure baking, don’t let its peculiar name …

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How Does a Bread Machine Work?

When you think of making bread, your mind will think of the whole process of mixing the ingredients, kneading the dough, letting the dough rise, and finally baking it. Baking bread by hand requires meticulous observation of the bread as it rises and bakes, and it can be a time-consuming process. With a bread machine, all of your problems are …

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What’s the Difference Between Cake and Pastry?

Cakes and pastries. Whether home-made or bought from a store or bakery, forms of these sweet treats can be found in cultures across the globe – it seems that the soft spot we have for them is universal. You are not alone however if you have ever wondered what the difference is exactly between cakes and pastries, given that each …

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Reasons Why You Need a Stand Mixer (and 3 Alternatives)?

When you think of baking, you often assume that you need a stand mixer for whatever product you’re creating. Sometimes this is true, sometimes it’s not. Having a stand mixer is invaluable when it comes to baking, and it makes the process a whole lot easier: it mixes ingredients quickly, efficiently, and thoroughly. A stand mixer isn’t required for a …