Proper measuring is a crucial part of successful baking. Unlike cooking, where you can often get away with eyeballing, baking is chemistry and requires precision. Add too much flour to cake batter and the cake may come out tough and dry. Not enough flour and you risk ending up with a badly structured cake that will collapse in the oven. Enter: Measuring 101. Today we're going to talk about the best tools for measuring, how to measure wet versus dry ingredients, why an ounce is not always an ounce, and why you should really, really consider investing in a good digital scale.
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Banana pudding has a strong, genuine Southern identity that stretches back more than half a century. Earlier versions of the dessert go back even further. The real question is not whether it's Southern, but when and how it got that way.
Good raw honey is practically a different product from the "Grade A Amber" plastic bears that line supermarket shelves. Bursting with caramel or butterscotch; fragrant with citrus, minerals, or the intoxicating aromas peonies and jasmine; jammy with berries and currants and dried fruit—that's the kind of honey worth relishing. Here's how to get the most out of it.
We started with cheesecake. Then we added Nutella and chocolate, and layered it all into individual glasses on top of a bottom layer of Oreo crust. Sure, it's not really a cheesecake anymore, but does that matter?
Last year I reached the vegan ice cream summit: A master recipe that scoops, melts, and feels the way ice cream should, and doesn't require any stabilizers or specialty ingredients. Now I have some new flavors to show just how versatile that base really is.
Whether or not you're suffering from winter-induced gloom, there's nothing a good, rich cup of drinking chocolate won't help. Yes, drinking chocolate—powdered hot cocoa's fancy-pants cousin, made from the finest beans and the richest ingredients, and meant to hit you hard, like a liquid-chocolate freight train. Here are three of our favorites.
Looking for the perfect Valentine's dessert? This gooey chocolate cake, loaded with whipped cream, ice cream, chocolate, and caramel sauce more than delivers. And it couldn't be easier to make.
Dulce de leche is a thick, creamy caramel sauce traditionally made with milk and sugar. It's very easy to make at home from a can of sweetened condensed milk!
I love it when something as simple as slightly changing one ingredient has such a dramatically delicious effect on baked goods. In this case that's browned butter, in both a cake and its frosting, for something moist, nutty, and insanely delicious.
Brown butter is one of those shortcut ingredients to great cooking, adding nutty, toasted flavors to whatever it touches. And all it takes to make is some butter, a pan, and a spatula. Here's how.
This brittle is definitely not traditional. This is not a slab of milk or white chocolate studded with nuts or chunks of peppermint. This is part cookie, part brownie, and wholly delicious.
Filled cookies are good but chocolate filled cookies are better. As a kid, no filled cookie was off-limits: bring on the gooey caramel, sticky jam, and thick cream. But my cookie eating odyssey has led me back to an incontrovertible truth: magic middle cookies are the apex of the stuffed cookie genre.
These buttery, lightly sweet almond cookies take a beautiful shape in the waffle iron. They're delicious filled with chocolate ganache, dulce de leche, jam, or lemon curd.
With its pineapples, pecans, and coconut, ambrosia is full of ingredients associated with Southerners love, but how did it come to exist at all, and why did it become a Southern Christmas tradition?
Warm and chewy and comforting, these cookies are just the thing to eat alongside a nice cup of tea by the fire.
There's bad white chocolate and good white chocolate, and the good stuff, when treated right, is one of the most versatile and useful ingredients in the pastry kitchen. What does fantastic white chocolate taste like, and where can you find it? We tasted over 20 varieties to find out.
These chocolaty nuts are flavored with warm spiced like cinnamon and nutmeg, then get a kick from some cayenne pepper.
Most people buy stollen, but the truth is that it's as easy to make at home as any basic bread. Here's how.
Millionaire's shortbread—the bar cookie of shortbread topped with layers of caramel and chocolate—is one of those awesome things that often suffers from shortcuts. This version, amped up with pistachios, lemon, whiskey, and coriander, doesn't make that mistake.
Fruitcake. Panettone. Stollen. You have many choices of Christmas breads to buy or make for your holiday table. But there can only be one Queen of Christmas. Our Christmas bread partisans (and as inveterate Jews, impartial judges) Daniel Gritzer and Max Falkowitz make their cases for which loaf deserves a place in your home.