When you think of the perfect pie, chances are you don't think about a soggy crust. And I'm willing to bet you don't dream about burnt edges either. The dish you bake your pie in is a very real factor in the outcome of the perfect pie. Let's talk about which one you should reach for next time you're rolling out a batch of dough.
When I bake, I may or may not pull out my spatula, my small whisk or my stand mixer. But the one tool I know I'll always need is a half sheet pan. Yes, they may look like simple cookie sheets, but these pans are all-purpose multi-taskers, worth much more than their $10 price tag.
Choosing my favorite baking tool was a difficult challenge. I thought first about the things that I use often like my favorite zester or my Silpat. Then I thought about things with emotional significance like my grandmother's cookie cutters or my mom's old sheet trays. But when it comes right down to it, there's only one favorite.
What better time of year than Valentine's Day to get a little whimsical in your kitchen? Make heart-shaped pancakes, decorate with tea bag tags, prettify your milk with frozen hearts, or add some lovin' to your cooking with one of these heart-shaped kitchen products:
Cheerful red and white check has an old-fashioned charm that can brighten up your kitchen. A classic picnic pattern, red and white gingham brings a sense of casual playfulness to any gathering and has long been a favorite for tablecloths and napkins. Gingham also has a nice, simple graphic quality to it that, if used sparingly, has a crisp, somewhat modern feel. Here's a roundup of a few red gingham items for the kitchen and dining room.
I'm certainly not quiet about my love for white kitchens and that includes the items in my cabinets too. I've been dreaming of purchasing a cast iron Dutch oven for quite some time and obviously, it's going to be white.
Q: I am on the hunt for the perfect flour sifter. There has been something wrong with every sifter I've owned. The traditional rotary/crank ones leave me with clouds of flour everywhere. Trigger style sifters eliminate that problem, but they can be tiring to use and I find that flour gets stuck in the mechanisms. Trying to clean them usually results with that stuck flour combining with water to form an even more frustrating blob of paste. Most recently, I tried a Cuisipro trigger style that eliminates the clean up challenge but still leaves me with a tired arm and this one also creates flour clouds and mess.
I recently saw a photo of a sifter on a baking blog that looked like the perfect sifter. Of course, now I can't remember where I saw it. I found a similar one online, but every site that sells it also offers mixed reviews. Does anyone have a flour sifter they love that also works?
Baking, baking, baking — if you are baking a lot this holiday season, I hope you are well-equipped with great baking dishes. Having good bakeware can help you enjoy baking even more. I love baking savory foods and have found that while there are some dishes that you can use for almost anything — there are other dishes that make it even more enjoyable.
Problem: I live in an apartment with limited kitchen storage space, so I can't keep a giant stack of baking sheets on hand, which becomes an issue when I am baking cookies in batches. The first round of cookies comes out of the oven, but the next batch can't go in until the piping-hot baking sheets cool down. Solution: a step so simple I often kick myself for not thinking of it sooner.