Baking Tips and Advice

As a professional baker (married to a professional chef), I am amazed at the number of people who believe and profess that they cannot bake. Sure, baking is more technical, more scientific than other cooking arts. Sure, baking can require crazy ingredients and even crazier equipment and those specialty items can scare a would be

Guide to Baking with Yeast

Yeast, tiny microorganisms which play such an important role in baking, aren’t as much of an obstacle to delicious homemade bread as you might think! You don’t have to go out and buy a bread machine, either. Here are some tips that will open a whole new part of the kitchen experience for you. Everything

How Yeast Makes Bread Rise

A simple biology lesson will explain the way that the action of yeast causes bread dough to rise. Bread dough contains water, eggs, sugar, salt, margarine or butter, and flour. Most of these ingredients especially the sugar are exactly the same things that yeast enjoys eating. When you add yeast to the mixture, it finds

Delightful Homemade Doughnuts

If homemade doughnuts sound good, they are even better when you bite into them. Doughnuts are made from yeast dough which has risen several times to make them light and fluffy. They can be iced with chocolate, vanilla, or honey glaze, they can be rolled into a sugar-cinnamon mixture, or they can be simply sprinkled

Comparing Sugar and Sugar Substitutes in Baking

If you have to – or simply want to – reduce the amount of sugar that you eat, sugar substitutes can make life easier.  One question that comes up, though, is whether the substitutes work as well as real sugar in baking. Splenda (an artificial sweetener with the scientific name sucralose) has the reputation of

Tips for Making Homemade Bread

People looking for low-sodium food often have a hard time of it. There seems to be some belief that low-sodium means no taste, and therefore is a poor marketing strategy. Bread is a big player in this field; it’s difficult to find breads that don’t have a fair amount of sodium in them. But it

An Introduction to Hand Made Sourdough Bread

Sourdough bread has been around for thousands of years, and is thought to have come about by accident. Some leftover porridge was left out in the sun, and as luck would have it, a crust formed as it dried out. Then, due to the action of fermentation, the crusted porridge rose!I’ve accidentally done exactly this

How to Make a Princess Castle Birthday Cake

Birthdays are a very special time of year for everyone, and one of the most cherished birthday traditions is the birthday cake. Kids’ birthday parties are always special events, and many of them have themes. If you have a little girl in you life who is having a princess party this cake recipe is perfect

Home Made Bread

We all love home made bread; the trouble is that currently we tend not to make and bake our bread. Its so easy just to go down to the local supermarket and buy it, indeed there is a generation of young people who don’t even know that you can make home made bread, or if

How to Make Homemade Tortilla Chips

Tortilla chips are meant to be an indulgence. Sure, lots of people buy bags of commercially made chips on a regular basis. On my part, I prefer not to waste my precious calories on glow-in-the-dark, preservative laden (and often stale!) bags of grocery store tortilla chips. And of course then, there is the “less is