Pie birds (also known as pie funnels, pie chimneys, and pie whistles) are hollow ceramic devices used to keep pies from bubbling over in the oven by providing ventilation from the hot filling through the crust. They originated in Europe and historians often argue over whether they came about in the 1500's or during Victorian times.
Celebrity chefs offering up their expertise for chain retailers is nothing new. Getting people to purchase their products has a lot to do with people actually liking them. We happen to really enjoy Giada De Laurentiis, so it was a no brainer that we would be purchasing when we stepped in Target last week.
Look at this oversized measuring cup from King Arthur Flour's Baker's Store. It's a 3-cup measure, which is actually very handy for measuring out large quantities of flour for big batches of bread and cookies (if you're not using a scale, of course).
But it also does double-duty as a teeny-weeny saucepan, and we can think of a lot of uses for it!
We have a hate/love relationship with our cooling racks. On the one hand they are indispensable for helping cakes and cookies to cool faster and more evenly. One the other hand, they get tangled in a maddening way in our baking cupboard. Lee Valley has one solution to this dilemma: An expandable cooling rack.
When we mentioned using our pastry brush to clean our coffee grinder, we called it a "rarely-used" kitchen tool. But the more we thought about it, the more we realize how often this little paintbrush comes in handy!
I had to giggle when I saw this new pan from Williams-Sonoma. Its utter specificity of purpose was just a little funny. But after I had my giggle, I found myself craving a whoopie pie, and then I started wondering if this little pan might actually have some true functionality in the baker's kitchen after all.
The world of high end kitchen design can feel a bit awkward and cold compared to the well worn patina on the wooden spoons passed down through your family. It's easy to be standoffish, but when form meets function and beauty as it does in these new pieces from Matali Crasset — well then we're all ears.
Q: I cook and bake a lot, especially during this time of the year. A lot of these recipes need to have the ingredients beaten. I can't afford a stand mixer right now, so I use my hand blender. The problem is all the bowls I have are so small that it gets everywhere!
Can you recommend a bowl that wouldn't get damaged by a hand blender, but be good at keeping the mess in?
We picked up a set of these silicone baking liners a while back and finally had a chance to put them to use over the holidays. We whipped up a big batch of red velvet cupcakes (more on THOSE tomorrow!) and eagerly awaited our rewards. The cupcakes were excellent, but the liners? Not so much. Have you used these before?