The uses of Salted and Unsalted Butter in Pastry

One of the baking commandments, right up there with leveling off the top of your dry measurements, is that when making a pastry or other sweet creation, one must indefinitely use unsalted butter. It’s like, a baking transgression of you do otherwise, and, if caught by a pastry policeman, it can land you in veritable…

Having Fun Decorating Buche De Noel

Buche de Noel, also known as Yule Log is a desert served in France around Christmas time.  It is a sponge cake baked in the shape of a Swiss Roll. The cake is baked in a shallow pan and then frosting or a filling is spread over the cake. They frosted or filled cake is…

Tips for Making the Perfect Pound Cakes

Rich, buttery pound is a staple of the South and has been a specialty of all the Southern women in my family. My Grannie Parks is famous throughout Greenwood County, South Carolina for her black walnut pound cake. It’s a family, friends, and church favorite and truly is to die for. My Mawmaw Connell makes…

The Joys of Vegan Baking

If you could save an animal just by baking cookies, you’d jump at the chance, wouldn’t you? That’s exactly what vegan bakers do every day. There are cookbooks full of great vegan recipes out there for you to try, and it’s not hard at all to adapt your old favorites. Here are some suggestions: Dairy…

No need Homemade Artisan Bread

Making your own artisan style bread is easier than you think, no kneading required! Bread flour contains a high amount of gluten, or wheat protein. When water is added to bread flour, the gluten becomes tough and tacky. Kneading works to break down the gluten so that it becomes stretchy and pliable. The more you…

Tips for Making the Perfect Cupcakes

Everyone loves cupcakes, we have since we were children. They are great for kids’ parties and classroom treats, but today they are also a trendy, classy adult dessert. With cupcakes you can set out a dessert table they will never forget. We will start with the kids. We have always sent cupcakes to school with…

How to Make Spoon Bread

This recipe will make approximately 12 servings. Ingredients needed: 3 cups of whole milk (2% will also work)                        3 eggs, well beaten 1 ¼ cups yellow cornmeal                                            1 ½ teaspoon salt 1 ¾ teaspoons baking powder                                      2 tablespoons melted butter honey (optional)                                                          powdered sugar (optional) any toppings of your choice Directions: Measure…

Added Ingredient Ideas for Brownies

Brownies are a pretty basic food, just plain chocolate. This is a good thing chocolate is delicious and very popular. But at the same time, brownies made from a package are not exactly gourmet, and often not very tasty. This article offers some ideas for jazzing up brownies made from a mix. From swirls, to…

Creative Cake Decorating Ideas

What is more boring than another mass produced, grocery store birthday cake? You know the kind, the quarter sheet cake with the multi-colored silly string icing and sprinkle of confetti, or the kind with the archaic spread of three yellow roses in opposite corners and a sloppily written birthday message in unsteady cursive script. Enough…

Southern Bakers Love Gifts for the Kitchen

Whether the Southern baker is treating guests with pie, biscuits, cookies or cake, the best presents for Southern bakers are dishes to display the fantastic dishes that come from their kitchens. What is the point of baking if it is not to share with others? These are some great gifts that will lead to a…