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The Best Way to Make Softer and Fluffier Whole Wheat BreadSkills
It can be hard to get homemade whole wheat bread as soft and fluffy as the loaves we see at the grocery store. All too often, our loaves end up like dense heavy bricks. But there is hope! A few baking tricks can help us get much closer to the pillowy whole wheat loaves we crave. The reason why whole wheat loaves end up so dense is because whole wheat flour has very little gluten as compared to white all-purpose flour.
Sep 22, 2022
What’s the Difference Between Condensed and Evaporated Milk?Skills
Until recently I was constantly confusing evaporated and condensed milk — especially at the grocery store when trying to remember which one a recipe called for. It didn’t help that the cans look nearly identical. The differences are small, but they can have a big impact on your finished dish. The main differences between evaporated milk and condensed milk are sweetness and consistency.
Sep 22, 2022
What’s the Difference Between Steel-Cut, Rolled, and Instant Oats?Skills
Have you eaten your oatmeal today?
Sep 21, 2022
How To Freeze Cinnamon Rolls and Bake Them LaterSkills
It’s unfair. Fresh, hot, from-scratch cinnamon buns are a beloved treat, especially for tasty Christmas breakfast. Who doesn’t want to wake up to the smell of cinnamon and caramelizing sugar, or stumble down to the kitchen to find fresh-from-the-oven, slathered-in-icing cinnamon buns, just waiting for you to dive in?
Sep 21, 2022
How To Use a Piping BagSkills
Do you find yourself flummoxed every time you come across a recipe that calls for a piping bag? Stranded with an empty piping bag in one hand and a half-dozen piping tips scattered around the counter, and don’t know where to start? Do you wish you could pipe delicate ruffles or intricate details on your birthday cake and pastries, or pipe a batch of luscious pastry cream inside an eclair? It’s time to befriend your trusty piping bag.
Sep 21, 2022
Help Me Find Lighter Alternatives to Buttercream Frosting Good QuestionSkills
Here’s a good baking question from Evan. Can you help? I made the lemon cake y’all reviewed recently, and it was delicious, but five sticks of butter on one plate is more than I can handle. Fortunately we were able to get people to come over and help us with it! My question is: What are alternatives to buttercream frosting that still allow decoration? Glazes are nice (and actually tastier, in my book) but there’s something undeniably festive about a nicely decorated cake.
Sep 20, 2022
What Is 00 Flour — Pizza and Pasta FlourSkills
Obviously, pizza.
Sep 17, 2022
Looking for the Perfect Baked Treat? The Color of Your Baking Pan MattersSkills
"Whether it’s cookies, cakes, or brownies, the type of pan you use has a big impact on how your desserts bake," content creator Benjamin the Baker revealed.
Sep 14, 2022
What’s the Difference Between Whole-Wheat and White Whole-Wheat Flour?Skills
While both flours are 100 percent whole wheat, the difference is in the variety of whole wheat.
Sep 13, 2022
How To Bake Crispy, Juicy Chicken in the OvenSkills
A winning chicken dinner for adults and kids alike.
Sep 12, 2022
What’s the Difference Between Raisins, Sultanas, and Currants?Skills
Up your knowledge on these baking basics.
Sep 9, 2022
What’s the Difference Between European and American Butter?Skills
Have you noticed the butter options in your dairy aisle expanding? A few short years ago you’d be hard-pressed to find anything but unsalted and salted butter. Perhaps it’s a result of our changing relationship with fat (we’re back to liking it, it seems), or maybe the demand for more flavor found its way to the ears of the dairy industry — either way, the contents of the butter section have expanded.
Sep 7, 2022
Baking School Day 1: All About Eggs and BakingSkills
The Kitchn’s Baking School Day 1: Learn all about eggs. Join The Kitchn’s Baking School: Sign up and see all The Kitchn’s Baking School assignments Welcome to Baking School! In day-to-day cooking, eggs can be scrambled, poached, or boiled to create easy, straightforward dishes all on their own. But when it comes to baking and pastry, the importance of their role changes from breakfast food to a vital ingredient for giving structure, texture, and flavor.
Sep 2, 2022
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Making MuffinsSkills
It doesn’t matter if they’re sweet or savory — homemade muffins are a timeless and comforting breakfast. (Especially when your morning involves grabbing a breakfast sandwich or quick bite as you dash out the door.) Fill them with fruit or veggies for a healthier spin, or go for something more indulgent. Either way, fresh-baked muffins are a total treat. As you crank up your oven for your next batch of muffins, be sure you’re not making any one of these muffin missteps.
Sep 1, 2022
Here’s Why Pro-Bakers Keep 3 Types of Vanilla on Hand At All Times (And You Should Too!)Skills
There’s something that truly can’t compare to the warm, sweet scent of vanilla. Beloved in everything from ice cream to cakes, a vanilla is as much a scent as it is a powerful flavor. Even in chocolate recipes, vanilla acts as a secret ingredient that makes everything taste just a little bit better. You’ll most often see vanilla extract called for in recipes, but there’s a whole world of vanilla products to explore.
Sep 1, 2022
Five Ways to Eat: Fresh GingerSkills
Fresh ginger! It’s one of our very favorite things. This spice which is also known for its medicinal properties is often used in cooking, including in soups and in stir-fries. Here are five ways we eat a lot of ginger. What about you — how do you like to eat ginger?Fresh ginger, ready for hot ginger tea.Fresh ginger is good for so many things. We love how crystallized ginger safely and naturally soothes an upset stomach. We love ginger, strong and spicy, in hot tea.
Aug 29, 2022
11 Gluten-Free Asian NoodlesSkills
A friend of ours who embarked on a gluten-free diet was heard complaining about wheat-free pastas that are gummy, mushy, and just plain unappetizing. We suggested exploring Asian noodles, instead. Although noodles made from ingredients like acorns, mung beans, and sweet potatoes might not work with your favorite marinara sauce, they do offer wonderful textures and flavors of their own. Their appeal isn’t just limited to those on gluten-free diets, either.
Aug 28, 2022
15 Essential Ingredients for Vegetarian & Vegan PantriesSkills
Alongside the usual savory and sweet items that every pantry needs, there are a few ingredients that are particularly useful for vegetarians and vegans, as well as those wanting to eat more meatless meals. All of these items are ideal for adding protein, texture, and flavor to what you’re cooking. Each household’s pantry will vary according to personal taste, ethnic background, and food allergies, but these 15 items are a great way to get started.
Aug 26, 2022
16 Gluten-Free Flours (and the Best Times to Use Them)Skills
Even though the gluten-free market has come a long way, there’s still a lot to learn, if you’re trying to make the switch.
Aug 24, 2022
The Difference Between Almond Flour and Almond MealSkills
It's a subtle difference, but an important one.
Aug 24, 2022
How Are Demerara, Muscovado, and Turbinado Sugars Different?Skills
If you think sugar is just sweet, think again. Sugars like muscovado, demerara, and turbinado have flavor depths and aromatic heights that blow plain ol’ granulated sugar out of the water. Find out the differences of each kind of sugar and know their color, tastes, texture, and uses.
Aug 22, 2022
How to Activate and Proof Yeast For Basic Bread BakingSkills
If you've never worked with yeast before or, like me, haven't been successful in proofing your yeast, here's everything you need to know about getting started with dry yeast.
Aug 22, 2022
What’s the Difference? Soba, Udon, and Rice NoodlesSkills
Once upon a time, if you wanted to make a recipe that called for soba, udon, or any other kind of Asian noodle, you had to also find your nearest Asian grocery store. Happily, these noodles have become much easier to find in recent years. Here’s a quick guide to the most common kinds!You generally cook these Asian noodles the same way you cook any other kind of pasta: in a large amount of salted boiling water until the pasta is al dente.
Aug 21, 2022
What Is the Difference Between Rice Flour and Sweet Rice Flour?Skills
Here's why you should keep both on hand.
Aug 19, 2022
What’s the Difference Between Medium, Large, Extra-Large, and Jumbo Eggs?Skills
Have you ever reached for the eggs while baking only to realize that the recipe calls for large eggs, and you only have extra-large? Or have you ever eyed the medium eggs at the grocery store and wondered how different they really are from jumbo? Eggs come in different sizes and they differ quite a bit in both weight and volume. When a recipe calls for an egg, substituting them with one size smaller or bigger is not a major problem.
Aug 18, 2022
5 Ways to Tell When Your Cake Is DoneSkills
Without eating half of it.
Aug 17, 2022
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Making Rice Krispie TreatsSkills
When it comes to no-bake desserts, it’s hard to find anything better than ultra gooey, marshmallowy rice krispie treats. They’re a classic. While they seem easy enough to make, there are a few missteps that can leave you with bars that are far from the soft and chewy treats you hoped for. Here are five common mistakes to avoid, plus our favorite tips for making the best rice krispie treats ever! This is not an area to be stingy.
Aug 17, 2022
5 Vegan Substitutes for Eggs in BakingSkills
Have you tried any of these?
Aug 15, 2022
Baking with Coconut Oil: What You Should KnowSkills
Are you baking with coconut oil yet?
Aug 13, 2022
5 Ways to Tell When Dough is KneadedSkills
Knowing when you can stop kneading the dough is among the more mysterious aspects of baking bread. Sure, it’s no longer a wobbly mess of bubble-gummy dough, but is it really done? To find out, there are ways to tell whether the dough is ready after kneading it for 10-12 minutes by hand or 8-10 minutes in a mixer. Here are a few clues to look for. The point of kneading dough is to strengthen the gluten, which are the stringy bands of proteins that give bread its structure and texture.
Aug 11, 2022
What’s the Difference Between White, Yellow, and Red Miso?Skills
More and more of us are discovering what a fantastic ingredient concentrated miso paste can be in our daily cooking – and not just for soup! Happily, many major stores have caught on and are starting to carry a variety of traditional misos to choose from. There are different types of misos and each is made from soybeans that have been fermented with either rice, barley or other grains. The real question is: how to choose?
Aug 9, 2022
What Is Kombu & How Do You Use It?Skills
A member of the kelp family, kombu is a seaweed that makes for a versatile pantry ingredient, providing dishes with umami flavor, nutrients, and minerals. While most kombu comes from Hokkaidō, Japan, it is also cultivated in Korea, where it is known as dashima, and China, where it is known as haidai. (Maine kelp is similar and can be substituted for kombu.) Dried kombu can be used to make Japanese dashi (a savory broth), added to beans to make them more digestible, and eaten in salads.
Aug 9, 2022
Gelatin Sheets vs Powdered vs Leaf: What’s the Difference?Skills
A reader recently asked about substituting gelatin leaf (called for in one of the recipes) with powdered gelatin, and the thing is, none of us really knew for sure! Hear our thoughts below – care to weigh in?First off, all three of these products are derived from the same source – animal collagen. When heated slowly, collagen in the skin, bones, and connective tissue of an animal breaks down into gelatin, which can then be used to set liquids into jellies.
Aug 5, 2022
The Most Common Types of Molasses and How to Use ThemSkills
When it’s time for fall and winter baking, dark, sticky molasses gets pulled out from the back of my cabinet. There’s no replacement for the sweet, almost smoky flavors it adds to cookies and cakes, like chewy molasses cookies and dark molasses gingerbread cake, plus it plays oh-so-nicely with winter spices like cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Molasses comes in different forms and each has its taste, use, and way of making it.
Aug 5, 2022
5 Mistakes to Avoid with Puff PastrySkills
Avoid these missteps and you'll be on the path to puff pastry perfection.
Aug 4, 2022
Is Fresh Yeast Important When Baking Bread?Skills
I don’t bake with yeast all that often, but I always reach for the packets of dry yeast when I do. But what about those little cakes of fresh yeast, the ones professional bakers are always talking about? It was time to find out more about fresh (or cake) yeast, and see what the fuss was all about. How is it different from dried yeast, is it easy to use, and would breads made from fresh yeast taste better?
Aug 4, 2022
10 Baking Rules Everyone Should Know, According to a Pastry Chef and Cooking TeacherSkills
Take your baked goods to the next level.
Jul 14, 2022
What Is Star Anise and How Do You Use It?Skills
Star anise just may be the most unique and fun-looking spice in the pantry. But it's more than just good looks.
Jul 11, 2022
How To Test If Baking Soda or Baking Powder Is ExpiredSkills
Baking soda and baking powder are both essential pantry staples for bakers. They have long shelf lives, but can they go bad? The answer is yes. Both baking soda and baking powder will eventually expire. You’ll know when they won’t give your baked goods the lift that they deserve. You might ask yourself, “How can I tell if it’s still active before I ruin my next batch of muffins?” To find out if your baking soda or powder is still effective, follow the steps below.
Jul 8, 2022
What’s the Difference Between a Cobbler, Crumble, and Crisp?Skills
Here's everything you've ever wanted to know, including how they get their names.
Jun 6, 2022
8 Things You Didn't Know You Could Use to Make a Pie CrustSkills
Pretzel pie crust? Yes, please!
Jun 9, 2022
This Ingenious Use for Your Whisk Just Made Baking So Much EasierSkills
How did I not know this?!
Jun 1, 2022
This Clever Baking Video Answers the Butter Versus Oil Question Once and for AllSkills
So THAT’S why we’re supposed to use room-temperature butter in our cakes!
May 16, 2022
How To Make an Anatomically Correct Lego CakeSkills
Speaking of birthday cakes, I made one last weekend. This particular cake was for a friend’s son, who was having his eighth birthday. My friend’s son is madly into LEGOs, and when he saw a building block cake on LEGO’s website, he fell in love. My friend, who is a magnificent cook but doesn’t bake, asked if I would try it. Sure! Why not? I went looking online for LEGO cake inspiration and discovered many, many cakes — but a dearth of really practical directions.
May 13, 2022
Make Your Own Homemade Cake MixSkills
We’ve talked a little bit about box mixes this week, and tomorrow we’re going to look at what’s better, when it comes to cake — boxed, or from scratch. But we also wanted to interject this note into the discussion: Did you know that you can make your own cake mix? This bright tip comes from I Am Baker. She assembles this cake mix out of flour, sugar, and a few other staples and throws it all into a jar for quicker cake-making down the road.
May 13, 2022
Helpful Tip: Bake Up Some Sweet Potatoes!
If you’re like me, you’re always looking for a quick but filling and nutritious meal on a busy day. One thing I’ve learned to do is to tuck a few sweet potatoes into the oven whenever I’m baking something. That way, I have a head start on a delicious, nutritious meal, ready to go whenever I’m hungry but pressed for time. Read on for several suggestions for how to use a baked sweet potato.
May 12, 2022
Kitchen Science: Demystifying Gluten
Ah, gluten. Bread bakers love it and pastry chefs keep it at a respectful distance. So what’s the deal with gluten and what can we oh-so-humble home cooks do about it?All flour contains a certain percentage of protein, ranging from 8% for cake flour to around 13% for durum semolina (pasta) flour. When activated, these proteins cling together to form strands of gluten.
May 12, 2022
Bakewell Tart: A Scrumptious, Jammy Treat
Have you caught the jam-making bug this summer? In the past week, we’ve put up batches of strawberry, cherry, peach, and plum jam, and there’s no sign of stopping! If you’re like us, you might be wondering what to do with this abundance of preserves. Say hello to the bakewell tart.Deliciously textured and the perfect way to show off your seasonal preserves, this classic English pastry consists of a shortcrust base, a layer of jam, and an almond frangipane sponge.
May 12, 2022
What Would Be a Good Cake to Mail?
Q: There are a bunch of amazing looking cake recipes around, but they all have some kind of ingredient that I feel has to be refrigerated (dairy or otherwise). I want to mail a cake to my brother for his birthday this summer. Are there any good unspoilable cakes that could be mailed cross country?
May 12, 2022
How To Flavor a Cake with Jam Syrup
If you’ve got a few spoonfuls of jam in your refrigerator, you can turn a plain yellow or chocolate cake into something special without altering the recipe one bit. We added a hint of raspberry flavor to a basic chocolate cake, above, just by mixing some jam with a little hot water.
May 12, 2022
Beautiful and Practical: Tapered French-Style Rolling Pins
You might notice something a little different about these rolling pins. Like a lack of handles? And the oddly tapered ends? But when it comes to French pastry-making, these are a classic. This style of rolling pin can take some getting used to. Instead of gripping the sides and rolling, you use the palms of your hands to roll the pin while also pressing down on the dough.
May 11, 2022
Stay Cool! Make Your Oven Work Double Time
We try to avoid turning on our oven as much as possible during the summer. It heats up our apartment faster than you can eat a popsicle! That’s why when we do have to use our oven, we make it work double-time.The picture above is from a few evenings back. We baked two loaves of bread (one for now, one for the freezer), and roasted a bunch of beets while we were at it. The beets are what you see wrapped in foil next to the loaf of bread.
May 11, 2022
Any Tips for Baking Without Recipes?
Sent by AdelineEditor: Adeline, many bakers rely on specific ratios of flour, fat, eggs or liquid as starting points when they make cakes, muffins and other sweet recipes. Michael Ruhlman’s book Ratio is a great resource for bakers (and cooks) looking to break away from recipes.
May 11, 2022
Suggestions for Great Holiday Cookies That Travel Well? Good Questions
Q: I am headed to an out of town cookie exchange next weekend and I am looking to impress. I need help finding a fantastic holiday cookie that can survive the trip. Any ideas?Sent by NoelEditor: We’ve been wanting to make these Chocolate Orange Cookies ever since we saw them. They are twice-baked, sturdy, and look amazing.The candy cane cookies from this Red, White, and Adorable post never fail to make people smile. Thumbprint cookies also seem to be all the rage this year.
May 11, 2022
Ina Garten's Parchment Paper Hack Makes Decorating Cakes So Much Easier
It's a simple trick, but it's a "game-changer."
May 1, 2022
Making Mini-Cakes Just Got Easier with This Ingenious Hack
The tutorial even gives you a little motivation, too.
Apr 26, 2022
The Best Trick for Slicing Cinnamon Roll Dough Perfectly
You likely already everything you need.
Apr 16, 2022
This Wildly Simple Hack Will Turn Your Muffin Tin into a Donut Pan with Ease
You'll be blown away by this one.
Apr 7, 2022
Different Types of Paprika, Explained
There's a lot to know about paprika and all of its varieties.
Apr 4, 2022
This Hack Shows You How to Get Perfect Mini Pie Crusts
And it uses an unexpected item you most likely have on hand!
Mar 28, 2022
Here’s How You Can Prevent Your Cupcakes from Baking Too Fast — Once and for All
And it uses one ingredient you probably already have!
Mar 25, 2022
This Incredibly Simple Baking Hack Will Make Your Muffin Tops Bigger and Better
You'll wish you knew this one sooner.
Mar 23, 2022
This Easy Garlic-Bread Hack Is the Key to Bread-Basket Heaven
This might become your new favorite way of making garlic bread.
Mar 12, 2022
This Super-Easy Pie Hack Will Take the Hard Work Out of Dessert
Never spend hours baking a pie again.
Mar 11, 2022
What’s the Difference Between Hulled and Pearl Barley?
In the world of grains, barley is one of those that I am slowly but surely trying to cook with more. I grew up eating a lot (and I mean, a lot) of rice of all different kinds. Barley, on the other hand, is a grain that I most commonly had in soups and stews, like the classic beef and barley soup. My college food court actually served one every once in a while that I looked forward to on a daily basis!
Feb 24, 2022
How to Substitute Whole-Wheat Flours for All-Purpose Flour
Our local grocery stores carry a wide variety of flours that are great for all sorts of baking projects. Among the many types of flours available are white all-purpose, white whole-wheat, and regular whole-wheat flour. Regular whole-wheat flour is made from whole wheat grains, also known as kernels, and has a recognizable tan or beige color. White all-purpose flour (aka the kind you’re probably most used to baking with) is made from only part of the wheat grain known as the endosperm.
Feb 28, 2022