Working with sugar can be a little scary, or so a lot of people think. The Sweet Book of Candy Making is determined to quell those worries by explaining everything you need to know to make candy in the comfort of your own kitchen, just like your Grandma! More
Q: I am having a dinner party for a friend this weekend who has requested an olive oil cake, but who cannot have lemon or orange juice. Is there a way to make this recipe without citrus? What is the purpose of citrus in an olive oil cake recipe?
Sometimes magic happens in the oven and the cake that emerges has a crunchy, crackly top that takes it from good to great. But you don't have to rely on wishes or wizardry to make it happen — the blog Ideas in Food has a simple way to add a crackly, lacey top layer to any cake or quick bread.
I'm a sucker for an unfussy cake, the kind of cake that you can whip up in an hour or less without any extra trips to the grocery store, one that is special enough to serve to guests, but homey enough to not need a special occasion at all. This fragrant lemon cake — scattered with juicy blueberries and dolloped with soft lemon cream — is the perfect unfussy cake, just the thing to bring to a last-minute spring dinner party or to snack on with afternoon tea.
Crunchy on the outside, chewy in the middle, a good coconut macaroon is an irresistible thing. It's also a particular favorite for people observing Passover and those who avoid gluten. As long as you have some shredded coconut stashed away in your cupboard and a few eggs that you don't mind cracking, a batch of sweet macaroons can be yours in less than a half an hour.
If you're looking for an untraditional centerpiece for your Easter table, then this 'paint' palette made up of an array of pastel macarons is perfect. All you need to recreate it yourself is a wood paint palette, macarons of varying colors, and a little buttercream to use as the "glue."
Q: I am about to venture into making cupcakes! I must say I am a little worried.
Is there a basic cake recipe I can build upon to my taste and the icings can I infuse flavors like key lime strawberry, peach etc. into it?