Tag: baking

Thanks to Shirley Corriher, Baking Yeast-Leavened Bread is Problem-Free (Almost)

Yeast-Leavened Sweet Bread with Raisins I love all yeast-leavened sweets/breads, because it brings up the warm and fuzzy memories of my Mother’s kitchen. Most holidays she would work in the kitchen tirelessly and churn out an array of baking goods that turned our home into a “dream bakery” without using any recipes, guide books, TV…


Open Letter to Dianne Jacob, Coach, Writer, and Editor

A Winner is Born Dear Dianne, I enjoyed working with you; (Oops, I know you hate these semicolons) and still do. You are a highly tolerant critic, a good driver (from time-to-time we may get lost but what is the GPS for?), have a great sense of humor (I trust by now you have accepted…


How Alice Medrich’s Tiger Cake Changes When Baked in Different Bakewares

Tiger Cake By Alice Medrich with a little twist by Georgette Plese Note: There was an error in the recipe. The eggs were left out. It is corrected now. Sorry about the mishap. This last weekend I needed to have a fast dessert for a birthday party, so based on my experience (meaning something that…


Ten Tips to Become a Better Baker

Rigo Jancsi: The cake is named after Rigo Jancsi, a Hungarian gypsy violinist, who helped create it for the woman he loved! There are so many books about baking, bakers, cakes, desserts, chocolates, etc., that it made me wonder how all these books are doing so well in a crowded market? How a publisher can…


The Ten Most Important Rules to Follow for Succesful Baking, Part Deux

6. Ovens The new ovens available for purchase today are just fantastic (I am still dreaming about getting a Viking or a Wolf). However, not every oven works the same way, or made from the same material and there are still plenty of old ovens in our kitchens. For us bakers, what is important in…


The Ten Most Important Rules to Follow for Successful Baking

Here is the first five: I am going to embark on an expedition of analyzing the good, the bad, the ugly (no such thing) and the beauty in baking and sharing every step of the way with you. Actually, I am hoping for more than that; I would like you to actively participate in the…


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

When I first came to this country, and someone told me “tomorrow we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!” I just stared at her blankly. I had no clue what she was talking about. That day is long gone. Today, I too feel “Irish for a day” on st. patrick’s day. I think the turning point for…


MEASURING TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL BAKING

Believe or not, I was just getting ready to bake some cookies (I have a new recipe that is actually considered a vegan recipe, so I want to try it out with respect to taste, texture, appearance, shelf-life, etc.), when I realized that I do not have my “crutch.” I never start to bake without…