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Tips on Baking Failures – Great for Beginners

Everyone Has Baking Failures Ask any seasoned baker if they’ve ever had a baking failure. You will get some crazy and funny stories! You don’t have to be a beginner to have a failure baking. I remember my first attempt at making a pie crust. I was so frustrated that …

Baking Great Bread at High Altitude

How High Altitude Environments Affect Bread Dough, and What to Do About It With the price of a single loaf of bread higher than the price of bag of flour at most supermarkets, it’s no wonder that so many people are trying to learn how to bake their own bread. …

Baking with Sugar Substitutes: Helpful Tips

You Can Have Your Sweet Tooth and Eat Too! When baking with a sugar substitute, you should consider changes in sweetening power, texture, and very importantly, taste and after-taste. There are several reasons why a cook would consider cutting out the use of granulated sugar, and these reasons could be; …

Tips and Tricks for Baking at High Altitudes

Baking at elevations of 3500 feet or more is considered high elevation baking. Since the air is thinner the higher your elevation is, of course this causes a dilemma for bakers. This article will address some of these issues and provide the high altitude baker with tips and tricks to …

6 Tips to Avoid Baking Nightmares

Things can go terribly wrong in the kitchen. I don’t mean starting a fire by a poorly executed flambe. I’m talking about baking. I was trained in the ways of the hot and cold kitchen but my first kitchen duty was in the Pastry section of a rather over-rated cafeteria …

Baking Substitutions for Your Favorite Dish

Whether you need to substitute a baking ingredient for health purposes or because you don’t have it on hand, it can be hard to figure out what substitutions can make your recipe tasty. But there are so many choices for making recipes that you might be amazed at what you …

Baking with Alternative Sweeteners

Maple Sugar, Brown Rice Syrup, and Date Sugar Can Be Used to Make Tasty Desserts Baking with alternative sweeteners is a great way to enjoy desserts but without the negative side effects of sugar. It’s not widely known or readily accepted among mainstream medicine that sugar suppresses the immune system. …

Tips for Baking with a Sugar Substitute

Its Not as Hard as You Think There are many reasons why individuals may choose to bake with a sugar substitute. There are several benefits to this. Diabetics would be able to enjoy a home-made “sugary” treat, that tastes the same, if not better than baked goods with granular sugar. …

Baking Perfect Quick Breads

Quick breads consist of muffins, biscuits, pancakes and nut breads from a bread machine. Zucchini and pumpkin bread are favorites in my household. Even though some quick breads take a hour to bake you do not have to wait for quick breads to rise, so you won’t need a bread …

Tips for Baking the Perfect Cookie

Who doesn’t love a delicious cookie? Baking cookies can be a disappointment when they end up burnt, hard or crumbly. Baking takes a little practice, but you also need the right tools and knowledge. Know how to read the recipe – Reading a recipe isn’t too difficult, but it is …

Date Ideas on a Budget: Baking

Having Fun with Your Sweetie Doesn’t Have to Be Expensive We all know that these aren’t the best of times, but too many of us think that having fun or enjoying ourselves depends on the amount of money we have in our wallets. This simply isn’t true, and having a …

Tips for Baking Yeast Breads

There is nothing more satisfying than being able to taste your own fresh homemade bread from a bread machine. Once you get to know how to work with the ingredients needed, you will become more comfortable and skilled with baking. These tips on how to bake yeast bread will be …

Baking the Perfect Bread Roll

The bread roll is one of the great mysteries of our time. It is well loved, consumed everywhere all the time for any occasion. It comes in all different styles and tastes, sometimes sweet with cinnamon and sugar on top eaten dry, salty, with poppy, sesame, or sunflower seeds to …

Benefits of Baking from Scratch

For many, baking for scratch is something reserved for people with advanced knowledge of baking. It is a myth that baking from scratch is difficult and painstaking. Of course, there are times when it is better to bake from the box. It is can faster and easier than cooking from …

Baking Your Own Bread

I’ve Got the Need to Knead Is there anything better than hot fresh baked bread right out of the bread machine or bread cloche slathered in butter? For my money, I’d say no, nothing compares to buttery soft bread still steaming when it’s cut open. Baking your own bread has …

Baking with Flaxseed Part 2

Flaxseed is an excellent source of dietary fiber. One ounce of flaxseed provides 32% of the USDA’s daily recommendation of fiber. In addition, flaxseed is high in essential nutrients including vitamins, minerals, folic acid, and omega 3 fatty acids. Baking with flaxseed adds texture quality to baked goods as well …

Baking with Flaxseed

Versatile Flax Boosts Nutrition and Flavor in Baked Goods Flax is a natural superfood, packed with healthy nutrients and antioxidants. Also known as flaxseed or flax meal, it has nearly 2g of heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids in every tablespoon. Gram for gram, flaxseed has an equivalent amount of omega-3 …

My Four Favorite Gluten-Free Baking Recipes

Gluten is a protein found in foods made from wheat and other grains, such as barley, spelt and rye. Many people have an allergy or sensitivity to foods containing gluten, while others avoid it because it tends to raise blood sugar levels. Whatever the reason for avoiding it, there are …

Baking at High Altitudes? Think Twice!

Many of us can bake cakes or cookies at our current residence. However, what happens if you need to bake at a higher altitude of around 3,000 feet? The general process will stay the same, but a couple key concepts must be mastered in order to make quality baked goods …

Five Tips for Gluten-Free Baking

Going gluten-free doesn’t have to mean giving up your favorite baked goods. Unfortunately, the gluten-free substitutes in chest freezers and specialty bakeries can be overwhelmingly expensive. If you can’t afford $2.00 cupcakes and $10.00 loaves of bread, your best bet is to turn to your own kitchen. The good news …