However the first quick breads came about, I am grateful. When else do we get to essentially dump ingredients in a bowl, stir, bake, and then be rewarded for our minimal efforts with a warm golden loaf of bread for the table? Here is the basic recipe I've settled on over the years, with plenty of variations for just about any occasion you can think of.
Easy is the name of the game here. We want pie, after all, not tears of frustration. Cream cheese is our secret weapon. It helps make a crust that holds together and stays tender no matter the amount of manhandling we put it through.
I have to apologize. See, I got so excited about the idea of homemade hamburger buns that....well, I forgot the burger. When you make these, be sure you don't do that because these soft and oh-so-fluffy buns deserve to be crowned with some mighty fine burgers.
Calzones are a favorite in my house, not only for a relaxed weekend dinner but also for wrapping up, freezing, and eating for lunches all week long. Lunch or dinner, they're the perfect little "hot pockets" (ahem!) of cheese, veggies, and leftover meat. Here's how to make them.
Last week we showed you a video that illustrated how to whip egg whites and make meringue. Today we're going to do something with that meringue — pipe it into pretty star cookies. This method of piping using a pastry bag and tip is standard, however, for any kind of icing. So come and watch this video and see how easy it can be to create pretty designs with a simple decorating bag and tip.
Royal Icing can be used on everything from sugar cookies to cakes and is a staple in the world of baking. Once dry, the look is flawless and will leave your friends and families amazed. Most think it's overly difficult, but in all reality it's quite simple, it just requires a little time.
Making meringue? Not sure if you can distinguish between soft peak, firm peak, and stiff peak stages of beaten egg whites? Here's a video showing the process of whipping egg whites and sugar into meringue. We give it to you more or less in real time, so you can see how the egg whites look from beginning to end.
In the world of stand mixers, there's two different types. Those with a tilting head and those with a bowl that raises and lowers while the head stays still. I've never been much for tilting models, but the process of adjusting both styles is nearly identical. It's easier than you think and will make your appliance last longer and food taste better!
It's probably a good thing that croissants are so fussy to make or we'd be eating them every day. As it is, the whole process of making the croissant dough, laminating it with butter, shaping, and baking is at least a two-day affair. But, friends, it is so worth it. You'll never have better croissants than the ones you make yourself and eat fresh from the oven. And here's how to do it.