Baking In Skills
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How Exactly Is Corn Syrup Different from High-Fructose Corn Syup?
It's all about how they're produced.
Feb 24, 2022
This Simple Hack Is a Brilliant Solution to Baking Without a Bundt Pan
No Bundt pan? No problem!
Feb 22, 2022
The Surprising Ingredient You Should Skip in Your Chocolate Cake
This might be the one time that butter isn't better.
Feb 11, 2022
These 6 Tips Will Make Your Sugar Cookies So Much Better
Expert baker Jerrelle Guy shares her secrets.
Dec 12, 2021
How To Prep All of Your Holiday Cookies in Just 2 Hours
Power Hour Meal Prep
Every cookie you'll need to celebrate the season and to send across the country.
Nov 17, 2021
Braid Challah Like a Pro with This Step-by-Step Guide
Shannon Sharna explains how to braid challah bread in four different styles.
Nov 22, 2021
This Pie Crust Recipe Features an Unlikely Ingredient That You’ll Want to Use Every Thanksgiving
Definitely trying this for Thanksgiving!
Nov 15, 2021
We Tried 6 Methods to Keep a Bundt Cake from Sticking and the Winner Was Magic
Skills Showdown
This DIY solution gives you a beautiful Bundt every time!
Oct 7, 2021
Try This Simple Trick to Stop Berries from Bursting on the Bottom of Your Muffins
It works with chocolate chips, too.
Sep 30, 2021
These Old-School Ice Cream Sandwiches Are Exactly What We Want This Summer
They're the ultimate nostalgic treat.
Aug 14, 2021
A Simple Trick for Making Picture-Perfect Loaf Cakes and Quick Breads
Get that professional-looking split top.
Aug 10, 2021
The Old-School Technique That Makes Brownies Infinitely Better
It's called rapping, and it's a serious game-changer.
Aug 5, 2021
For the Best Crust, Pour Hot Water on Your Peach Cobbler (No, Really)
Take a leap of watery faith.
Jul 19, 2021
The One Thing Your Summer Fruit Crisp Is Missing (It Makes the Topping So Much Better!)
It makes the buttery streusel topping so much better.
Jul 13, 2021
Can You Bake Cookies in an Air Fryer? Yes! Here’s How.
This is the month when all I crave are warm, freshly baked cookies on repeat.
Jun 25, 2021
This 3-Ingredient “Cake Goop” Is the Secret to Perfect-Looking Cakes
Baker Jocelyn Delk Adams of Grandbaby Cakes let everyone in on her secret to getting a picture-perfect, pristine cake that retains its shape.
Jun 18, 2021
This Old School Tip Makes Better Looking Blueberry Muffins
You'll get berries in every bite.
May 11, 2021
This Brilliant Bakery Tip Will Give You the Muffins of Your Dreams
An overnight rest is good for more than just no-knead bread!
May 7, 2021
Can We Finally Agree That Biscuits and Scones Are Basically the Same Thing?
What's the difference? As it turns out, not much!
May 5, 2021
A Tiny Trick for Making Perfectly Round Cookies Every Time
All you need is a biscuit cutter.
Mar 25, 2021
What Is Espresso Powder & How Do You Use It?
Here's everything you need to know about espresso powder — what it actually is, how to use it, and what to use if you don't have any on hand!
Mar 5, 2021
Yes, Your Maple Syrup Can Go Bad, Here’s How to Check
The other day, a friend of ours sat down to a meal of pancakes for dinner. She poured on the maple syrup, took a bite and then realized that the inside of the syrup bottle was covered in yellowish-gray mold. So much for that comfort food dinner! When she showed us the bottle, we were stumped. Having been under the impression that maple syrup doesn’t spoil, we wanted to look in to the matter.
Mar 6, 2021
We Tried 6 Methods for Blind Baking a Pie Crust and the Winner Was a Sweet Surprise
Skills Showdown
Ahead of all the cool, creamy pies we plan to bake this spring and summer, we put 6 popular methods for binding baking pie crusts to the test.
Mar 12, 2021
Is Pink Chicken Meat Safe to Eat? The USDA Says Yes
Undercooked chicken can pose some serious health risk, but pink chicken can still be safe to eat if it reaches the right temperature. Here's what you need to know.
Mar 8, 2021
7 Tips for Making Really Great Brownies (Unlike the Disasters You Just Saw on “The Great British Bake-Off”)
If you watched the latest episode of the Great British Bake-Off this week, you saw a brownie horror show: a whole bunch of pans filled with under-baked batter and overwrought ideas.
Feb 24, 2021
Here's How to Use Brown Butter in Any Baking Recipe
SKILLS
Hint: Just add water.
Feb 18, 2021
The Not-So-Secret Ingredient to Ina’s Best-Ever Chocolate Cake
Baking Tips From The Kitchn
The recipe includes the usual suspects (flour, sugar, eggs, butter, cocoa powder), but there's one extra ingredient in both the cake and the frosting.
Jan 14, 2021
All About Mother of Vinegar, That Slime In Your Vinegar
That weird stuff in your vinegar bottle isn't harmful — and it can actually help you make more vinegar!
Jan 8, 2021
Can You Freeze Leftover Egg Whites & Yolks?
Never pour them down the drain again.
Jan 8, 2021
5 Tips That Will Help You Make a Perfect Souffle Every Time
Many folks are scared of soufflé. And I get it. You hear stories all the time about a soufflé collapsing or simply not rising in the first place. If you’ve never seen anyone else make a soufflé, it can seem a little daunting to tackle the task from a simple recipe. But really, truly I am here to tell you that it’s absolutely do-able. Not only is it do-able, it’s something you can easily master on an average old weeknight.
Dec 31, 2020
Which is Better? Vegetable Oil vs. Olive Oil
We’ve often been puzzled why some recipes specifically call for vegetable oil while others call for olive oil. Here’s a quick run down of both oils and when you might choose one over the other…Olive oil has a reputation for being the “healthy oil” since it’s rich in monounsaturated fats and some antioxidants. Good olive oils also have a pleasant flavor and aroma that compliment many dishes.
Dec 22, 2020
Why Does Chocolate Turn White? It’s Because of Chocolate Bloom.
Before you toss out that weird-looking chocolate, stop and read this!
Dec 22, 2020
We Tried 5 Methods for Softening Brown Sugar and the Winner was Shockingly Simple
Skills Showdown
The winner comes from a professional pastry chef, so you know it works!
Dec 22, 2020
We Tried 6 Methods for Icing Sugar Cookies and Found a Fun New Trick for Beginners
Skills Showdown
Consistency is key to beautiful cookies!
Dec 21, 2020
This Unexpected Office Essential Makes Cookie Decorating So Much Easier
SKILLS
You probably already have it.
Dec 17, 2020
We Softened Butter 7 Different Ways and Found an Unexpected Favorite
Skills Showdown
Which one gets it to the perfect cookie-making consistency?
Dec 10, 2020
A Quick Guide to Ingredient Substitutions
We’ve all faced ingredient conundrums and last-minute shortages in the kitchen. Oh no! Out of eggs! No heavy cream! Need a buttermilk substitute! Thankfully, there are a few tried-and-true substitutions you can turn to in a pinch. These can also be helpful if you’re trying to modify a recipe out of dietary necessity (shifting it to be dairy or gluten-free, for example). This guide will help get you started.
Dec 10, 2020
This Fancy French Technique Will Give You the Flakiest Pie Dough
Thanksgiving Food Fest 2020
But it is incredibly easy and doesn't require any fancy tools.
Nov 17, 2020
The Best Pie Crust Decoration Is Also the Easiest
Thanksgiving Food Fest 2020
Never waste those precious pie scraps again!
Nov 16, 2020
What’s the Deal With San Marzano Tomatoes?
Perhaps you’ve read a recipe that calls specifically for canned San Marzano tomatoes. But what’s so great about these particular tomatoes anyway? San Marzano tomatoes are the most famous plum tomato to come out of Italy. They are grown in the rich volcanic soil at the base of Mount Vesuvius, which gives them a sweet flavor and low acidity and they are coveted for their firm pulp, deep red color, easy to remove skin and low seed count.
Nov 13, 2020
What To Do With Amaranth
Like quinoa, amaranth is an ancient, protein-packed seed. The tiny poppy seed-size “grain” was a staple of the Aztecs and Mayans. We must admit that we initially weren’t quite sure about amaranth, though. The first time we cooked it for dinner, we expected it to be fluffy like quinoa and were startled when it turned to sticky mush! However, we did like the malty, slightly nutty flavor and were determined to figure out what to do with it.
Nov 6, 2020
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Making Sugar Cookies
Whether you make beautiful cut-outs, dust them with colored sugar, or sandwich them with buttercream or Nutella, sugar cookies are a holiday staple! Before you whip up your next batch of sugar cookies, be sure you’re not making one of these five common mistakes. Get a recipe: 18 Cookie Recipes for Your Holiday Cookie Exchange We’ve all been there — wanting to make cookies yet forgetting to take the butter out of the refrigerator to soften.
Oct 29, 2020
Homemade Whipped Cream Is Better than Anything Store-Bought
Kitchn Cooking School
One ingredient, many ingenious (yet easy) desserts. Here's how to become a whipped cream wizard.
Oct 8, 2020
How a Pan of Sugar Can Help Test Your Oven for Hot Spots
Plus, a great way to use the sugar when you're done!
Oct 17, 2020
Is Superfine Sugar Really Necessary?
I’ve recently run across three recipes calling for superfine sugar: one a delicate cake, one a soufflé, and one a pudding. Each recipe had enough details to consider as it was. Did sugar really have to be one of them?The answer is, for the most part, yes. If a recipe calls for superfine sugar, there’s generally a reason.
Oct 20, 2020
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Packing & Shipping Cookies
So they arrive perfect and pristine (until they're devoured).
Oct 7, 2020
What’s the Difference? Light Rye, Dark Rye, Pumpernickel, and Marbled
As bread bakers, the differences between these four breads has been a real source of confusion for us. They often seem to be used interchangeably in restaurants, bakeries, and even some cookbooks. It’s quite distressing to expect one kind of bread and wind up with something completely different, we think! So is there a difference?We would argue that, yes, there is definitely a difference. Or at least there should be!
Oct 7, 2020
We Tried 4 Methods for Toasting Nuts and Found a Clear Winner
Skills Showdown
There was also one method that pleasantly surprised us.
Sep 29, 2020
The One Ingredient You’re Not Adding to Pie Crust (but You Really Should)
Tips from The Kitchn
What baking powder does for biscuits, it can also do for pie.
Sep 22, 2020
What’s the Difference Between All-Purpose Flour and Bread Flour?
Professional bakeries are packed full of flour varieties — whole-wheat, rye, spelt, and more — but most grocers sell a smaller variety of all-purpose, self-rising, and bread flours. If all-purpose flour, as its name suggests, is good enough for most baking projects, then why do many bread, pizza dough, and even some cookie recipes call for bread flour?
Sep 9, 2020
The One Surprising Thing You Should Never, Ever Freeze
It's also one of the more expensive ingredients in your kitchen.
Aug 17, 2020
The Best Pumpkins for Baking and Cooking
When it comes to pie, just any pumpkin will not do.
Jul 31, 2020
Here’s How to Get Crinkly Chocolate Chip Cookies (Without All That Pan-Banging)
Get that same texture from *any* cookie recipe without the clatter or rigorous cookie manipulation.
Jul 15, 2020
My Mom Hacked Cake Mix to Make the Best Birthday Cake Ever
My mom's "legendary" birthday cake was actually doctored-up cake mix. Here's how she made It incredible.
Jul 14, 2020
Here’s How to Take a Summer Vacation from Your Sourdough Starter
Take a break from baking bread while the weather is hot!
Jul 9, 2020
What’s the Difference? Crumpets Versus English Muffins
Homemade English muffins are one of those things we whip out whenever we want something extra special in the morning – a birthday brunch, in-laws are in town, you name it! One guest recently asked about the difference between crumpets and English muffins, and we were honestly stumped…with good reason, it turns out!One thing that all the blogs, websites, and cookbooks seem to agree upon is that crumpets and English muffins are two different creatures.
Jul 10, 2020
The $4 Ingredient That Makes Homemade Ice Cream (and Everything Else It Touches) So Much Better
It's the secret ingredient I add to cookies, cakes, and more.
Jul 2, 2020
Stop! You’re Freezing Your Pie Fillings All Wrong.
Make a fruit-filling frisbee and reap the rewards later.
Jul 2, 2020
The $2 Pantry Ingredient That Can Transform Any Fruit into Dessert
Taste Makers
You might already have it in your pantry.
Jun 16, 2020
Yes, You Can Freeze Eggs — With One Caveat
When frozen properly, they can last for up to a year.
May 1, 2020
A Simple Way to Soften Hard Brown Sugar in a Hurry
What do you do when you pull out the container of brown sugar and it’s a perfectly formed, rock-hard brick? This happened to me the other day, which sent me on the hunt for some effective solutions. Here’s one that worked in a matter of minutes. If you have time to spare, putting a slice of bread or some apple slices on top of the sugar, sealing it up, and letting it sit for a day are a couple hands-off ways to soften brown sugar.
May 1, 2020
Here’s How to Use Your Sourdough Starter in Practically Any Baked Good
Sourdough for Beginners
Don't let your discard go to waste!
Apr 23, 2020
Comfort Me with Sourdough: An Absolute Beginner's Guide
Sourdough for Beginners
Our team is all-in on sourdough. Want to join us? It's the best baking adventure of all, and everything you need to get started is right here.
Apr 21, 2020
How to Know if Your Sourdough Starter Is Ready for Bread Baking
Sourdough for Beginners
There's one test that eliminates the guesswork.
Apr 1, 2020
6 Food-Stylist Tips to Make a More Beautiful Cake
Pretty Delicious
From trimming the layers to crumb-coating, here's how to create picture-perfect cakes.
Apr 1, 2020
Yes, You Can Toast Nuts in the Microwave — Here's How
It takes a fraction of the time!
Mar 2, 2020
The One Ingredient That Makes French Toast So Much Better
Hint: It might be on your bar cart.
Feb 29, 2020