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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…

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…

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…

If you have a box of pancake mix sitting on your shelf at home, you are more than prepared to make a variety of breakfast baked goods. You can use that mix to make waffles, to make muffins and, of course, to make all different kinds of pancakes! While the directions for making pancakes and waffles may be right on the box, it may not have the directions for using the mix to make muffins.…

When it comes to baking different foods for the first time, it can be extremely difficult to get everything right. After all, getting baking recipes correct takes time, practice, and a good eye. One example of how troublesome baking can be is often found with fondant. Fondant is often used to decorate cakes and it is fairly common in that regard. However, getting a fondant just right is something that isn’t easy for beginners to…

Cool Whip has long been a favorite topping for desserts. It is light and fluffy and just sweet enough to add flavor. The problem with Cool Whip is that it doesn’t always last after it has been added. When you make frosting, it needs to be able to sit out at room temperature and last. If you want to use Cool Whip to make frosting and make it thick enough to last, you can do…

There are many, many different kitchen utensils that you might not think about on a regular basis, from mixers to graters. However, when a recipe calls for a finely minced item and you don’t have a grater on hand, you might not know what to do. Depending on the type of food it is, you might feel at a complete loss. With that being said, there are a few different ways that you can cut…

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