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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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

How to Adjust When You Bake at High Altitudes

Cooking is an art, but baking is a science. Experienced bakers know that baking powder and baking soda have to be decreased as altitude rises. Eggs have to be beaten less and steps taken to reduce the amount of air introduced into batters as altitude increases, but why is this …

Prepare Your Own Vanilla Extract

Making homemade vanilla extract is one of the simplest things in the world to do. It will also allow home cooks to have more control over the concentration of vanilla flavor in cooking creations. As vanilla is the second most expensive spice in the world, second only to saffron, this …

Some Pretty Strange Baking Tips & Tricks

Baking is one of my favorite hobbies and over the years, I’ve collected some pretty strange baking tips & tricks to make the process of baking a bit easier. Some of these off beat tipsĀ  amp; tricks I’ve learned from friends, others I invented on my own. Piqued your curiosity? …

A Few Good Ideas What to Use Cinnamon For

Have you ever given any thought to all of the things you can do with cinnamon? I have come up with some good ideas (Aside from cooking and baking with cinnamon, of course). Air Freshener Combine ground cinnamon and cloves in a pot filled half way with water. If you …

Prepare Awesome Fresh Blueberry Muffins

Jordan Marsh Department store in Massachusetts is long faded into retailing history. The only memory I have of Jordan Marsh is of their blueberry muffins overflowing with plump blueberries and sweet goodness. Saturday mornings were spent waiting in anticipation of our friend’s arrival carrying the Jordan Marsh blueberry muffin box. …

How to Make Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies

Homemade chocolate chip cookies made from scratch are hard to beat, and most people love a kitchen that smells like fresh chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven. There are countless variations of cookie recipes, and those who love these classic treats have likely tried many of them. No matter …

Baking Tips for Clueless Beginners

A few things I’ve learned while taking on my relatively new hobby of baking. Never ever substitute butter with margarine or any other butter substitute. When a baking recipe calls for butter, they mean butter and only butter. My first lesson learned on baking was the mistake of using margarine …

Prepare Awesome Garlic Pesto Swirls for Mother’s Day

Recently I have been experimenting a lot with Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry sheets and came up with this recipe of Garlic Pesto Swirls. The ingredients I chose for this amazing appetizer are based on keeping my mother’s taste in mind. In my list of successful experiments Garlic Pesto Swirls has …

Review of Campbell’s Supper Bake

Sometimes it seems like there are not enough hours in a day to get everything done that needs to be done. That is when I really appreciate Campbell’s Supper Bakes packaged meals. These are similar to the Hamburger Helper meals, but are made by Campbell’s instead of Betty Crocker. Campbell’s …

Several Recipes for Delicious No-Bake Bars

Here are five great no-bake bar recipes! Chocolate-peanut supreme 1/2 c. peanut butter 1/3 c. butter, melted 1 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs (about 24 squares) 1/2 c. sugar 2 small packages of instant chocolate pudding 4 c. cold milk 1 (12 oz) carton Cool Whip 1 c. chopped peanuts …

Tips For Preparing Sweet Potato

Sweet potatoes can be prepared in many ways, including casserole with marshmallows and candied and French fried forms. But many people fail to consider another option: The sweet baked potato. A sweet baked potato makes a tasty, nutritious treat, and it’s one of the simplest potato dishes you can make. …

Pamela’s Gluten-Free Baking Mix Insights

Pamela’s Gluten-Free Baking and Pancake Mix was all I needed to whip up four three-inch buttermilk fluffy pancakes that melted in my mouth. A major fan of buttermilk pancakes, I loved the quick and easy single serving package from Pamela’s Products. I also love the fact Pamela’s Products support research …