15 Tips for Better Baking: Temperatures, Pan Prep, and Oven Placement

I often Google my way around the interwebs looking for tips and tricks to help improve my baking to be the best it can be. To that end, I’ve collected a number of interesting factoids that I use daily whenever I turn on the oven, and here I am sharing them with you. Buon Appetito!

Recipe Post: Bread!

It never fails; within a day or two of getting a professional manicure, I invariably have an overwhelming urge to bake something that requires a great deal of hands-on effort. After Tuesday’s mani/pedi date with a good friend I hadn’t seen in a while, it was inevitable that within 24 hours I would end up…

Tips for Better Baking: Sugar and Other Natural Sweeteners

Sugar, and its cousins, performs many important roles in baking.   Sugar: provides moisture and tenderness increases the shelf-life of finished products caramelizes at high temperatures, and adds sweetness All refined sugars (granulated white sugar, confectioner’s/icing sugar, brown or golden yellow sugar, and “raw” sugars such as Demerara and turbinado), are equal when it comes to their…

Tips for Better Baking: Dairy Products and Other Liquids

In Part 2 of my continuing saga series of tips for better baking, today I’m going to focus on dairy products and other liquids in your baking; how to substitute, when to substitute, and most importantly, when NOT to!  And with this post and forwards, I’ve decided that, as a “prize” for my readers making…

Tips and Tricks: Home-Based Wedding Cake Designers

Reposted from my previous blog, Chronic Masterbakers: ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ I have searched the internet, looking for some simple recommendations, rules, tips and tricks to help make your first wedding cake commissions go off without a hitch. However, I was astonished to find so little information on the subject. There are plenty of how-to’s for the bride-…

Tips for Better Baking: Butter and Eggs

Everyone probably has a baking horror story or two in their repertoire, of cakes that came out flat, or custards that curdled, or muffins you could have chipped teeth on.  In conversation a couple of years ago with a chef acquaintance, he and I agreed with the statement that, while cooking is a science, baking…

Recipe Post: Blueberry Nutmeg Jam

Being a baker as well as a full-time administrative professional can lead to certain…expectations on the part of friends and family at times.  This was in evidence at my wedding, too!  I just *knew* that if I didn’t make my own cake and do the dessert table myself, my guests would be asking why I…

Tutorial: How to Make a Swirl Cake

Reposted from my previous blog, Chronic Masterbakers: ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Here are some pics and a short tutorial on how to do a perfect colour swirl in your cakes! Ooh, colours….. Step 1: Make your cake batter, and separate out into roughly equal portions in separate bowls, for as many colours as you are using.  Tint each…

Tutorial: Gumpaste Baby Converse Sneakers

Reposted from my previous blog, Chronic Masterbakers: ++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Presenting: The Most Adorable Baby Converse Sneakers in the World!  These l’il guys are small enough to fit both in the palm of your hand The creation of these adorable little sneakers was a challenge I was both enthusiastic to attempt for the first time, but…