info_outline Buche de Noel! 12/20/2007
Buche de Noel! The Bûche de Noël, also known as the Yule Log, is a traditional French dessert served during the Christmas holidays. Made from sponge cake; this rolled cake can be filled and frosted with everything from butter cream to rich chocolate ganache. The cake is decorated to resemble a log by creating a bark-like texture with the outer frosting, sprinkling powdered sugar to resemble "snow", and crafting "mushrooms" out of meringue or marzipan as a final garnish. It's no wonder this beautiful (and delicious!) cake has been around since Napoleon I!!! Enjoy and Merry Christmas everyone!
info_outline Caramel-Coated Apples, a Halloween Special! 10/27/2007
Caramel-Coated Apples, a Halloween Special! Everything's ready! The pumpkin is carved, the costumes are made, and the yard is looking absolutely frightful. All that's missing from this Halloween scene is something sweet. How about gooey-chewy-sweet-n-crunchy caramel apples?
info_outline Tip #9 Supreme a Citrus Fruit 10/12/2007
Tip #9 Supreme a Citrus Fruit To supreme a citrus fruit is to remove the fruit's fleshy sections from the skin, pith, membranes, and seeds. This creates glittery wedges that are the perfect addition to fruit salads and other delicious desserts. Check out how to prepare these citrus-y segments!
info_outline Viewer Question: What is Quickbread? 04/25/2007
Viewer Question: What is Quickbread? Christine from Somerville, NJ asks, "what is quickbread?" Leavened by baking powder, muffin and quick bread batters are mixed in minutes and bake in less than a half hour for muffins, and no more than an hour for quick breads. They are, quite literally, the easiest and quickest breads to make!
info_outline Tip #5 Parchment Paper Round 04/06/2007
Tip #5 Parchment Paper Round To keep your cake from sticking, many a time a recipe will suggest you line the bottom of your pan with parchment paper. Here's an easy way to cut a round of parchment paper that will fit your pan perfectly each and every time!
info_outline Chocolate Fudge! 03/22/2007
Chocolate Fudge! Invented in the United States over 100 years ago, this classic confection is made by boiling sugar in milk or cream to the soft-ball stage, and then beating the mixture while it cools to acquire a smooth creamy consistency. Extremely rich and always delicious, fudge makes a great homemade gift to share with family and friends.
info_outline Viewer Question: Cheesecake? 01/17/2007
Viewer Question: Cheesecake? Cheesecake is one of America's most favorite desserts, and depending on the ingredients and mixing methods used, textures range from light and airy to dense and rich to smooth and creamy. The two most frequently encountered mishaps are cracks across the top of the cake and batter that is not completely smooth. Have a listen and hear how you can prevent these from happening the next time you bake a cheesecake!
info_outline Viewer Question: Perfect Scones? 01/10/2007
Viewer Question: Perfect Scones? Since not everyone can watch a video while commuting to work, we thought it would be helpful to add audio podcasts to the mix and take the time to answer any questions you may have. And quite possibly, save some lives.
info_outline Tip #4 Paper Cone (Cornet) 01/05/2007
Tip #4 Paper Cone (Cornet) Parchment paper cones, also known as cornets, are an extremely helpful pastry kitchen "tool" that are wonderfully easy to make! Filled with melted chocolate to adorn candies or royal icing to embellish cookies—your decorating possibilities are endless!
info_outline Swiss Meringue Buttercream! 11/22/2006
Swiss Meringue Buttercream! Don't have time to bake a cake from scratch? That's okay! Make the cake from a "box" and spend a few moments whisking up deliciously silky, swiss meringue buttercream to top it off! It's the perfect way to bring a professional touch (and taste) to your home-baked treats. Great for decorating cakes and cupcakes!
info_outline Tip#1 No-Slip Cutting Board 09/18/2006
Tip#1 No-Slip Cutting Board Sharp knives and moving objects. Needless to say, not the best of combinations to have in the kitchen. Be safe and concentrate on the task at hand by keeping that slippery plastic cutting board in place. See how a damp paper towel is all you need to get the job done.
info_outline Checkerboard Cookies! 09/11/2006
Checkerboard Cookies! Craving something a little sweet with your afternoon cup of coffee, but not quite sure if it's vanilla or chocolate that will do the trick? No need to choose 'cause buttery chocolate and vanilla checkered shortbread cookies are here for the making!