TIP OF THE DAY: Baking With Parchment Paper

If you have trouble removing cakes from pans, no matter how much butter and flour you use to grease them, try the parchment paper technique. Parchment paper, also called baking parchment or baking paper, is a grease-resistant, moisture-resistant, heavy duty kitchen paper. It is available in rolls, rounds and sheets. You can find parchment paper…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Non-Stick Bundt Cake

Originally made in fluted molds, bundt cakes have, joyously, evolved beyond the simple “turban” design. There are dozens of fanciful shapes: a flower, a Christmas tree, a football stadium, a beehive and even a sand castle. Given the ornate designs, the last thing you want is for cake to stick to the pan. Instead of…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Save Calories With Cakelets

We love cake but it doesn’t love us. With a whole cake in front of us, we can’t resist slicing another “little piece”…then another. That’s why we’ve looked for ways to serve smaller portions. Cakelet or mini-cake pans have saved the day. Instead of baking a standard cake, we make cakelets. In addition to looking…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Roll Out Cookie Dough The Problem-Free Way

Have you ever tried to roll out cookie dough only to run into problems? We’ve cut out cookies that tore when we tried to move them to the cookie sheet. Gingerbread men lost arms, snowflakes lost edges; a sad state of affairs. With the holiday season soon upon us and many cookies to be baked,…
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PRODUCT: Star Wars Cookie Cutters

Want to teach boys to bake, but find them resistant? Star Wars cookie cutters, exclusively at Williams-Sonoma, might be the motivator. Four cookie cutters that produce Yoda, Darth Vader, Boba Fett and a Stormtrooper are $19.95. Note that beautiful cookies don’t emerge from the oven: This is a lesson in decorating as well as baking.…
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