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So you want to make a chocolate cake. You go to the store, grab a box of mix and drive home, ready to bake, only to find that you purchased brownie mix instead of cake mix. What to do now? Going all the way back to the store would be a pain, but you still really need to make that cake. Well, I am here to help! Your cake dreams are not ruined yet! On…

Have you ever made a batch of flawless cupcakes or a beautifully baked cake only to find that you are missing ingredients to make some perfect frosting to go with it? We have all been there! You reach for the butter/sugar/flour etc. only to be let down. But you still need frosting to complete your baking project! What to do?!? Well, of course one option is to run to the store and get the ingredients…

The idea of no bake cookies is almost too good to be true. After taking the time to measure ingredients, make the batter and scoop the cookie dough, who wants to wait the extra time for the cookies to bake- I want to eat them now! Luckily, there are tons of no-bake cookie recipes out there however, a lot of the recipes involve peanut butter. While this may be great for some people, it can…

Nuts are a hot topic in today’s cooking environment. Not only are schools becoming more cautious about nuts (some even ban all nut and peanut products), but more and more people are being diagnosed with a nut allergy, even as adults! So what’s a person with a nut allergy to do when a delicious confectionery treat’s main ingredient is almond flour? Well, I’m glad you asked! Nut-free macarons! Yep, you heard me. Nut-free macarons. The…

Have a birthday coming up? No time to stick a cake in the oven? No oven to bake the cake in? No problem. There are many alternatives for making cakes without an oven. These include ways in which to bake a normal cake using other methods, as well as making a cake out of different ingredients. Either way, you’ll have a cake worth eating, even if it isn’t baked in the oven! Did you know…

So you’ve decided to make your family a delicious summer fruit tart, or take advantage of the fall’s harvest by baking a sweet pumpkin pie, but there’s just one snag… the recipe calls for blind baking the crust and the addition of pie weights, and that’s not something you keep hanging around your kitchen. But don’t fear. While there’s a large variety of different pie weights available today for the home baker, there are plenty…

If crisp cookies are your thing, it can be frustrating to know that shortly after making them, that yummy crispiness will fade away into softness, which is not everyone’s cup of tea. In my experience, this usually happens the day or two after making fresh cookies. I don’t mind softness, especially when it comes to chocolate chip cookies but there’s nothing that exudes freshness more than a cookie with freshly baked crisp edges. In this…

One of the great things about baking real bread at home is that it requires so few ingredients – flour, water, salt and leaven. That’s it! The addition of baker’s yeast is the most common way to leaven a loaf of bread, with the loaf being made to rise through the power of fermentation. Soda bread, on the other hand, uses baking soda to create volume, reacting with an acid to form carbon dioxide and breathe…

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