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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 …

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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 …

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Different Types of Pastry and Their Uses

Pastry can be used to make so many wonderful sweet and savory foods, and a few pastry recipes should be a part of every home baker’s repertoire. It is important to use the right type of pastry for the right product and filling however, and with so many different types of pastry coming from cuisines …

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Best Type of Baking Pan for Brownies (Glass vs. Metal)

Brownies: the all-American fudgy treat. Usually composed of a thick chocolate batter, the brownie is soft and gooey on the inside, and crispy on the outside. Brownies can be filled with chocolate chips, peanut butter, caramel, and plenty of other delicious things. To get that perfect bake on the brownie, though, is a glass or metal …

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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, …

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The Function of Ingredients in Cake

Understanding a cake’s ingredients and their functions is essential to understanding what changes you can make in a recipe and how to do so. There is not much leeway in changing the main ingredients as each ingredient plays a crucial role in the end product. The basic ingredients of a cake are: flour, fat, sugar, eggs, liquid, …

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Best Manual (Non-Electric) Hand Mixer for Thrifty Bakers

With all the tools and gadgets available these days, it can be refreshing to get back to the basics and do things by hand. Mixing ingredients by hand involves a little more work, but gives you a sense of satisfaction that you just won’t get with an electric mixer. Electric mixers are all the rage …

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