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Christmas Cookie Baking Recollections

Naturally, my mother made cookies at Christmas time and it was always a nice part of the holiday season. My paternal grandmother – now she would bake. After feeding a gargantuan meal to her extended family which was 21 people large, she’d haul out these enormous platters of cookies. There …

Suggestions For Great Mother’s Day Gifts

Baking is one of my favorite hobbies and a favorite hobby of many other moms out there. Baking accessories make great Mother’s Day gifts for moms who love baking. Many moms, however, have kitchens filled with utensils and tools that are never used. To make sure your mom who loves …

Tips For Baking The Perfect Cheesecake

How many times have you baked a cheesecake following the recipe to a “T” only to have it drop or crack in the center? How many other times have you ended up with a gooey overly sweet fat-laden unattractive mess that you wouldn’t feed to your pets let alone put …

How to Properly Use Bundt Cake Pan

History of the Bundt Cake Pan A Bundt cake is merely any type of cake that is baked in a Bundt pan. Traditional Bundt cakes are more like pound cakes and are rich and dense. They are rarely frosted, typically being showered with powder sugar or drizzled with glaze instead. …

Chocolate Nougat Fudge Brownie Cup Insights

I do so love the best brownies so, when I spotted Sunshine Baking Company Chocolate Nougat Fudge Brownie Cup in the frozen desserts section at my local Dollar Tree store, I was delighted. I decided to purchase it, try it out and write an unbiased product review all about it. …

Mince Pies Baking Tips

Mince pies are a delectable British treat consisting of candied fruit, spices and a few drops of alcohol, such as brandy or rum. If you are baking your very own mince pies, how can you prevent the mince pies from crumbling? Mix in the Dry Ingredients First One of the …

How To Make Cookie Frosting

Homemade frosted cookies are as much fun to make as they are to eat. Here is a quick and easy recipe for basic cookie frosting and step-by step directions on how to frost cookies. How To Make Cookie Frosting This is a basic cookie frosting recipe that can be used …

No-Bake Smores cookies & Thin mint copycat

In our fast paced society, with families going in many different directions, we have to make a conscious effort to spend quality time together. Christmas is a time of year for families to slow down and come together. It’s a time to make memories. For our family, Christmas is the …

Christmas Pretzel Cookies Recipe

I’ve just discovered a quick and easy Christmas Pretzel Cookie recipe. The recipe didn’t come with a name, so I named the recipe Christmas Pretzel Cookies. Original, huh! Christmas Pretzel Cookies Ingredients 1 bag of Snyder’s of Hanover Mini Pretzels. Doesn’t have to be this brand, but bag needs to …

Learn About Roles of the Bread Ingredients

Bread is one of the most common foods to eat but one of the hardest to make. The first step to being able to bake bread is to understand all the ingredients. If the baker knows the purpose of each ingredient then it will be easier to understand the process …

How to Save Time By Making Icebox Cookies

I love a variety of cookies at Christmas. But who has the time to make multiple varieties at once. Not to mention, who can eat that many cookies. The answer is icebox cookies. I start making the cookie dough in early November. I make one cookie dough a day. Then …

Experimenting in Baking

I participate in a list serve which feeds posts from several hundred ladies into my mail box every day. My participation has been minimal these past few months while I’ve been working so hard on my writing, but I’ve been reading avidly. Yesterday someone posted about gingerbread. I love gingerbread …

Recipe Shortcuts That Will Save You Time And Money

Tip #1: Use premade salad dressings to dress pasta salads. Prepackaged salad dressings have just the right combination of oil, vinegar, and seasonings for a pasta salad. Make it look homemade by adding a handful of fresh chopped herbs before tossing. Tip #2: Use chicken stock from a box.There is …

Create Your Own Baking Mixes

So far you have obtained all the necessary ingredients for a fully stocked pantry and compact refrigerator. You have ensured that you have the kitchen equipment that you will need to cook from scratch. And you have started making some basic recipes to help build your confidence. You might have …

Experimenting with Natural Sweetener Truvia

Truvia, a calorie-free natural sweetener made from the Stevia plant, is sold in individual packets as well as a 9.8 ounce or 277 gram plastic container with convenient green flip top. I purchased the Truvia in the larger container to see how it performed when baking. The Truvia, made from …

Low-Sugar Desserts Tips

Love baking desserts, but not packing on the pounds as you enjoy them? From low fat, to low sugar, to whole grain recipe ideas, you can cook the desserts you love to eat, without the fat and sugar you don’t need. One of the best ways to bake delicious, low-fat …

Pig Cupcakes Decoration Tips

How to Make Pig Cupcakes Ingredients: 1 box cupcake mix 1 jar pink frosting 1 bag large marshmallows 1 box mini red hot candies 1 bag red licorice rope 1 bag mini M Ms; Directions: Follow the baking instructions on your box of cupcake mix. Once your cupcakes have been …

How to Find Your Product Niche

When it comes to opening and operating your home baking business, there are many important decisions to be made. One of the first and foremost choices to make is what to sell. Finding your product niche can be easy if you already create a baked food item or specialty that …

Cheap Holiday Baker’s Gift Perfect For Kids

When I was five years old, my parents gave me a most memorable Christmas present: my own little baking set. I’ve seen store baking sets for children, but as nice as they are, I like my DIY baker’s set best. Here’s an inexpensive baking kit to make your child’s Christmas …

How to Find Your Product Niche Part II

A home based bakery is in your horizon. The holiday season is a great time to start. Finding your niche product can be as simple as deciding to make and sell delicious, mouthwatering fruitcakes because yours taste so fabulous. Or, finding a niche product can be more of a process. …

Follow New Oversized Desserts Baking Trend

If you saw the movie “Honey, I Blew up the Kid,” you may have noticed a similar trend in bakeware lately. In fact, if bakeware were a movie, it might be called “Honey, I Blew up the Dessert.” Take a quick look at the recent Bed Bath and Beyond catalogue …

Edible Flowers in Food Preparation

For centuries, dating back to the bible, flowers have been used in cooking and baking. Preparing food with edible flowers is still very popular in many parts of the world. The use of flowers in food preparation can add much needed color, texture and taste to dishes. Whole flowers can …

Tips How to Use Baking Mixes

Baking mixes are produced by a number of companies including Bisquick, Jiffy, and other smaller food manufacturers. They are most often made up of flour, baking powder, shortening and other baking ingredients making it a quick and easy shortcut for making a number of baked goods. Consequently, I always keep …

Using Soda Pop When Baking

Looking for a different main dish for dinner? Or a new dessert to entice your family? Well look now further than your can of soda pop. Yes, it’s hard to believe but you can make a tasty meal or dessert using one 12-ounce can of soda. You can spice up …

Baking Sweet Potato Fries Recipe

Sweet potatoes are delicious, cheap, and nutritious. During the chilly winters in my apartment, I needed something that was budget-friendly, tasty, and warm. Oven baked sweet potato fries were my go-to snack. It’s hard to bake fries without getting squishy, limp strips of potato or burnt fries that stick to …

Review: Bisquick Gluten-Free Baking Mix

With an increasing awareness of celiac disease, more companies every month are launching gluten-free offerings. One of the newest ones is Bisquick Gluten-Free Baking Mix. Gluten is a protein found in wheat and some other wheat-related grains which can cause digestive issues. For people suffering from celiac disease, even a …

Tips For Baking Great Sugar-free Desserts

For the most part, we have come to expect something sweet at the end of a meal. The problem is-whether diabetic, hyperactive, or just health-conscious-a large amount of sugar is not good for anyone. WebMD says sugar may raise cholesterol and is a leading factor in obesity. Other studies claim …

Dinner Rolls from Scratch Recipe

If you want to save money or just like serving your family fresh bread daily in a bread machine, why not learn how to bake dinner rolls at home? This simple bread baking tutorial will teach you how to proof yeast to ensure that your dinner rolls will rise beautifully. …

What Does Box of Cake Mix Contain?

In the late 1940’s, Betty Crocker and Pillsbury both came out with a new convenience for people who wanted an easier way to make homemade cakes. The first cake mixes called for the consumer to only add a few of their own ingredients but over the years, the mixes have …

How To Make Your Baking Healthier

I, like a lot of people, really love to have a little something sweet at the end of a meal. There is a joke that dietitians never keep junk food in their homes for fear that someone will see that they have unhealthy habits, too. That’s why we keep all …

Cooking Is a Passion Cause We Love to Eat

As a growing young man, I love to eat. I’ll eat almost any kind of vegetable and fruit, as well as most fish and poultry, and some meats. Mexican, Italian, Chinese and Korean cuisine are my favorite types of food. Out of those ethnic foods, my favorites are taco ring, …

Baking Delicious Pumpkin Seeds at Home

Baking pumpkin seeds at home is a delicious adventure. Follow these easy instructions to learn how to make your own! What you’ll need One large, fresh pumpkin One large bowl One medium bowl One large, metal spoon Paper towels Water Sharp knife Old newspapers Buy a fresh pumpkin Buy a …

How to Bake the Best Loaf of French Bread

After completing a two year baking program at a Midwest Technical college, I entered the baking industry and was a baker for the next seventeen years. During that time, I would experiment to try and produce a better product. I am going to share some tips from my bread baking …

Tasty Stuffed Leaf Cookies Recipe

If you like the leaf theme for the Fall season, why not do a little bit of leaf inspired baking. Baking during the Fall months, you will find it to be a lot of fun. Making leaf stuffed cookies is really a lot of fun, and easy to make. This …

Prepare for Your Friends Awesome No-Bake Cookies

This week, I traveled to my company’s headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland for meetings with colleagues from different states. As is custom, we all talked about what tasty baked goodies we were going to bring with us to share during our three day conference. We talked about regional favorites and our …

Replacing Butter and Margarine When You Bake

If you are like most Americans, you get out your cookbooks and cookie cutters every Christmas for baking. Baking is fun, but if you make a recipe that flops, it can be very upsetting. Here are a few helpful tips about butter and margarine that may help you have less …