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5 Simple Substitutes for Pie Weights

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 …

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Easy Ways to Keep Your Cookies Crisp

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 …

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4 Easy Ways to Ice Cupcakes

Who doesn’t like cupcakes? The personal mini cakes have everything a full sized cake does but it is all just for you. It opens up the possibilities for flavor combinations that are exactly what you want. Dark forest cake and raspberry icing, light fluffy white cake with a chocolate ganache, pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting, the possibilities are endless. …

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How to Make Bread Without Yeast or Baking Powder

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 …

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How to Make Your Brownies More Cake Like

Among the many baking mysteries that exist out there, I feel like “how do you make brownies more cake-like?” is one of those million dollar questions. Whether you prefer fudge-y brownies or cake-y brownies, most people have a preference and it’s good to know what changes you can make to achieve either effect. Personally, I love both and as a …

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4 Easy Ways You Can Frost Your Cupcakes Today Without a Tip

A cupcake is the epitome of American desserts. With the fluffy cake base and the smooth, luscious piped frosting, the cupcake is truly a versatile and delicious dessert. When you see a cupcake at the store or in a bakery, one tends to admire the sheer perfection of the frosting on top. Whether it be a round dome of frosting, …

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3 Creative Hacks to Bake Cookies Without an Oven

You need to make cookies. Maybe your child has a birthday party at school tomorrow, maybe you need a dish to pass for the family reunion, or maybe you simply have a hankering for some cookies. Regardless of why you need to make cookies, the fact is that you do and as luck would have it, your oven is not …

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How to Mix Cake Batter Without a Mixer

If you’re new to baking, making a cake can be a bit intimidating. After all, just making one small mistake with the ingredients or prep can completely ruin all of the hard work you put in. If you’ve never baked a cake before, you’re probably under the assumption that you need one of those fancy (and expensive) stand mixers to …