Posts Tagged ‘Baking’

Sweet Cornbread Recipe

Heather says: This is a very basic, dense, slightly sweet cornbread recipe. It is not to be confused with cornbread cake which, as one may imagine, is even sweeter and more cake like. Corncakes usually contain flour to lighten the batter. The recipe as written below is safe for those on a gluten-free diet as…

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Why Does My Oven Burn My Biscuit Bottoms

Dear Home-Ec 101, My oven burns pizza and biscuits on the bottom and the top is under-done. Help! Signed, Pastry Proselyte in Provence  Heather says: There are many factors that could be at play inside your oven, it’s going to take some detective work on your part to get to the [burnt] bottom of your…

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Tomato Pie

Heather says: Two years ago I stumbled upon the deliciousness that is tomato pie. The framework for this recipe can be credited to Paula Deen, but it has been played with enough, to call it my own. Before giving this pie a shot, make sure you have fully ripe tomatoes. I know, I know it’s…

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Why Does My Cornbread Burn on the Bottom?

Dear Home-Ec 101, How do you keep the bottom of the cornbread from burning? I use an electric oven and I’ve tried putting my muffin pan on the higher rack but that didn’t help. The bottom burns but the top stays light. Signed, I Would Prefer Cajun Style Blackening Heather says: It’s fairly common for…

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Banana Muffins

Heather says: Muffin recipes are a great introduction to baking. They aren’t fussy and a flat muffin is still a delicious muffin. Don’t get smug and try to pass these off as health food; they aren’t. They are however delicious and semi-portable. What is semi-portable? Great in a lunch bag, not so great while driving.…

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Chocolate Biscotti Recipe

Heather says: What’s your favorite cookie? Mine is the very simple chocolate biscotti. I prefer this recipe without the chocolate chips and with the walnuts, but since I was making it for the family, they got it their way. Biscotti is actually an ancient technique for making food fit for travel. Consequently biscotti is suitable…

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Meringue 101: The Great Meringue Caper

Heather says: I’m out of town, getting my geek on at a the Type-A Mom Blog Conference. Patrick Stuckart, an excellent photographer and all around cool guy (don’t let him say otherwise), volunteered to write this post on his meringue making adventure. As I occasionally try to engage the brain cells I still have, I…

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How to Keep a Cake from Sticking to the Cooling Rack

Dear Home Ec 101, I really need help. I found an awesome chocolate cake recipe and can keep the cake from sticking to the pan with the parchment paper/oiled/flour method. However, once the cake is on the wire rack, that’s another story. It sinks into the wires and sticks to the rack. When I try to remove it, it rips and…

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Biscuit Recipe, No Knead

Heather says: These are the simplest, pillow-soft, no-knead biscuits you’ll ever make. I’ve been wanting to try out coconut oil as a substitute for vegetable shortening in my biscuit recipe, but I haven’t been in a biscuit making mood for months. Last night I celebrated meeting a deadline by making country-fried steak and there was…

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Chocolate Chip Cookies Thick or Puffy Style

Heather says: I hope some of you are happy. Today I broke my one of my cardinal rules of cooking and not only purchased, but used and consumed shortening. It was all in the name of science mind you and the leftovers are being distributed. The first attempt? Not so great, but it was tasty…

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Toaster Pastries: Fearless Friday #24

Heather says: Does anyone ever notice how Thursday just seems to sneak up on a person? I mind my own business, but it seems to happen every seven days or so. This week I managed to squeeze in a quick Fearless Friday. I decided to try out making a homemade version of PopTarts™. Guess what?…

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Blueberry Muffins Recipe

Heather says: This is a great basic muffin recipe. Swap out the blueberries for whatever fruit you’d like. Reduce the amount of milk for exceptionally wet ingredients such as mashed bananas. Simple Blueberry Muffins Yields 9 muffins 1 1/2 cups all-purpose or plain flour 3/4 cup white sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1.5 teaspoons baking powder…

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Butterscotch Pie Recipe: Fearless Friday

Heather says: Obligatory Fearless Friday Spiel: Fearless Fridays are an exercise in kitchen bravery. It’s not about grossout games like Fear Factor, no, Fearless Friday is trying to learn a new skill. It’s a time to stop making excuses and try to cook, even if it doesn’t turn out perfectly. It’s serving a vegetarian dish…

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Calzones Recipe for Fearless Friday

Skip the narrative and get right to the calzone recipe Heather says: So, what’s fearless about a calzone? The fact that I have not been able to get a good picture of one in almost 3 years. So earlier this week I said to heck with it, that’s my fearless feat for Friday. I’m going to…

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