Tag: Baking

Up Your Pie Game with These 8 Tools

by in Product Reviews, October 19th, 2016

Let’s face it: Homemade pies are a labor of love. Between getting the dough just right, choosing the right filling, rolling out the dough, blind baking the crust and finally crafting a pretty top crust, making pie from scratch requires some serious effort … and a few tricks. These clever gadgets will help you bake the perfect pie and enjoy the entire delicious process from start to finish.

Sure, you can spend time painstakingly cutting and weaving a pretty latticework pie crust. Or, you can simply lay a single sheet of dough over the oh-so-handy Lattice Piecrust Cutter ($20; pictured above) and use a rolling pin to press the dough into the pattern. Voila: near-effortless pie perfection.

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Naked Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon Buttercream

by in Recipes, October 14th, 2016

Naked Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon ButtercreamMy husband proposed to me again after I made him this cake. It was a complete shock to me, as he is not a big sweets eater. We have come to a comfortable understanding in our lives: I make desserts every day, I ask him to sample them, and he nods that they are fine.

But not with this cake!

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7 Unexpected Crusts to Totally Transform Your Favorite Pies

by in Recipes, September 24th, 2016

Here’s a brilliant way to change up your seasonal pie baking without having to skip all your favorite flavors: Don’t change the filling; change the crust. We’ll always love a traditional pastry or graham cracker base for a pie, but one of these crust alternatives just might become a new classic in your house.

Crispy Rice Cereal

A little peanut butter is all it takes to morph crunchy cereal into a moldable mix for a playful pie crust. We topped this version with strawberry ice cream and fresh strawberries to mimic everyone’s favorite childhood sandwich.

Get the recipe: 4-Ingredient Peanut Butter-Strawberry Ice Cream Pie (above)

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Naked Apple Layer Cake with Caramel Frosting and Mini Butterscotch Apples

by in Recipes, September 23rd, 2016

Naked Apple Layer Cake with Caramel Frosting and Mini Butterscotch ApplesThis is the cake for fall. The cake that will make people take their phones out and share it on social media, tagging you with #AmazingCake #BestBaker #CakeGoals #Wow. The cake no one will let you cut into until they have the perfect picture for Instagram. (Helpful hint: The Hefe filter is amazing for this cake!) This is the cake that will boost you to “legendary” status among friends and family. This is the cake that people will love to look at but love to eat even more. This is the cake that will make you the most-popular baker in the neighborhood. This is the cake that everyone will talk about — all the time. It’s just that good!

OK, so what is this cake? It’s a fresh apple-cinnamon beauty, and it’s the perfect way to usher in fall. It takes advantage of the “naked cake” trend and reveals its thick, rich layers of moist, apple-studded cake and fluffy frosting — that perfectly sweet caramel buttercream is the ideal complement to the traditional fall flavors of apple and spice. But here is where it gets decadent: the homemade mini butterscotch-dunked apples adorning the top of the cake. The final touch? Caramel drizzled over every nook and cranny, of course!

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How to Rescue Baking Flops, Plus the Recipe for a Cinnamon Roll Cake That’s Next-Level Indulgent

by in Books, August 29th, 2016

Cinnamon Roll CakeBaking can be a testy topic. Half science, half magic, it often demands precision and attention to detail that can be intimidating to even seasoned home cooks. Here’s the good news: Tessa Huff of Style Sweet CA is here with her new cookbook, Layered, to dispel baking myths and to tell us how to fix common baking mistakes. Layered will inspire even timid home bakers to fire up their ovens and create something that’s as beautiful as it is delicious.

Read on below to hear from Huff about how to prevent overbaked treats and stubborn frostings, then get her recipe for the over-the-top-indulgent Cinnamon Roll Cake pictured above.

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2 Ways to Update Basic Banana Bread

by in Recipes, Shows, August 20th, 2016

2 Ways to Update Basic Banana BreadMoist, sweet and ideal for morning treats and after-dinner snacks alike, banana bread is a back-pocket staple that delivers tried-and-true results every time. But when you’ve just about had your fill of the classic version you know and love, and want something a little different, look no further than these transformed banana breads from The Kitchen. On this morning’s new episode, the co-hosts shared two new takes on the traditional banana bread, and both recipes are easy to make and full of craveable flavors.

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Relax, It’s Just a Layer Cake

by in Recipes, June 22nd, 2016

A homemade birthday cake? You bet. There are few ways to better say “I think you are pretty special” than baking someone a cake from scratch. And the best news is that if you take your time and follow the directions carefully, you’ll be turning out picture-perfect cakes from the get-go. Don’t overmix, and don’t overbake. And check out these easy tips for assembling the cake. (Have you ever heard of a crumb coat? It will change your cake-baking life.) Get ready for open-mouthed gasps of joy and lots of celebrating!

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Ina’s Cinnamon Baked Doughnuts — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, June 12th, 2016

Ina Garten Cinnamon Baked DoughnutsEasy to make in a hurry, Ina Garten’s light, fluffy doughnuts are a surprisingly healthy version of the classic coffee-shop treat and are this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week. Ina bakes the doughnuts instead of frying them, which not only turns out a soft, tender finished product, but also keeps you from having to work with messy hot oil. After the doughnuts come out of the oven, Ina dips them in butter and cinnamon sugar to create the sweet and cinnamon-y glaze you know and love.

For more sweet-tooth-satisfying desserts, check out Food Network’s Let’s Bake! board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Ina’s Cinnamon Baked Doughnuts

The Ultimate Banana Split Cake

by in Recipes, June 2nd, 2016

The Ultimate Banana Split CakeOnce the weather heats up, the first thing I crave is a homemade banana split: ice cream, strawberry topping and whipped cream, surrounded by bananas covered in hot fudge. A classic for sure.

Turning that classic summertime dessert into a cake was a brilliant suggestion from a good friend who shares the same passion for those amazing flavors as I do! One word of advice: Be sure to time out your recipe. The fantastic frozen banana bites should be made ahead of time and properly chilled before you add them to the cake. You may also notice that I used a canned strawberry pie filling — this was very intentional! It really adds to the authentic banana-split flavor.

Once the cake is fully assembled, it should be eaten right away. Leftovers are not an issue, as it is so good people always want more.

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The Only Buttercream Recipe You’ll Ever Need for Every Cupcake

by in Shows, June 1st, 2016

The Only Buttercream Recipe You'll Ever Need for Every Cupcake