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The Perfect Time to Get Into Bread Making is Right Now

Baking a loaf of bread from scratch seems like the quintessential winter cooking project. The coziness of a warm kitchen and the smell of freshly-baked bread are so comforting on a cold day that it feels weird to even think about them in summertime. But believe me: if you’re new to bread making and a […]

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The Perfect Time to Get Into Bread Making is Right Now

Baking a loaf of bread from scratch seems like the quintessential winter cooking project. The coziness of a warm kitchen and the smell of freshly-baked bread are so comforting on a cold day that it feels weird to even think about them in summertime. But believe me: if you’re new to bread making and a […]

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Chill Your Countertop Before Rolling Out Pie Dough

Making pastry in the summer means fighting an uphill battle against the laws of thermodynamics. Even when you’ve taken every possible precaution to keep your ingredients—and your tools—nice and cold, pie dough is still liable to melt the second it hits your counter. Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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Chill Your Countertop Before Rolling Out Pie Dough

Making pastry in the summer means fighting an uphill battle against the laws of thermodynamics. Even when you’ve taken every possible precaution to keep your ingredients—and your tools—nice and cold, pie dough is still liable to melt the second it hits your counter. Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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I’m Pastry Chef Stella Parks, and This Is How I Eat

Stella Parks—aka “the BraveTart”—knows more about cake than most people know about anything. She has the CIA training and the restaurant experience, but it’s her attention to detail and infectious enthusiasm for American desserts that makes her recipes not only technically great, but downright joyous. And while…Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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Do You Really Need a Stand Mixer? 

I love my KitchenAid fiercely, but I’d be lying if I said it’s because I can’t live without it. It’s a family heirloom, handed down from my great-grandmother to my mom to me; according to the model number, it turns 50 this year. I’ve moved it across the continent twice—from upstate New York to Oregon […]

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Transform Cake Mixes by Folding in Whipped Cream

My love for boxed mix brownies is strong and true, but—besides a gloriously synthetic funfetti—I have never felt much affection for cake that came from a near-instant mix. They always seemed too sweet, too one-note, and had a distinct chemical leavening agent flavor that was impossible to ignore. But things are…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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In Defense of the Scooped-Out Bagel

If you’re visiting New York City for the first time and having your first bagel, it’s certainly cause for excitement and wonderment. How did the baker produce this incredible textural mashup of chewy inside and crunchy outside? It might seem ludicrous to scoop this masterpiece out, leaving behind a sad, hollow corpse.…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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