Author Archives: Baking Better

Banana Bread

Can you smell that?  Banana bread, warm from the oven and slathered with butter…. This isn’t something that I make often mainly because it takes a bit of planning.  My store doesn’t sell “overripe” bananas, so I have to buy … Continue reading

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Coconut Pecan Cookies!

OK, I gotta pat myself on the back for this one, it’s a winner!  There are these coconut pecan cookies in some grocery stores that are AWESOME, and I really wanted to make a clone of them, from scratch without … Continue reading

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Cream Cheese Icing that isn’t soupy!

OK, did that get your attention! How many of you have made cream cheese icing only to get a soft, sometimes soupy mess that was almost impossible to ice a cake with?  (I raise my hand and wave wildly).  Well … Continue reading

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Strawberry Dessert Sauce!

It’s strawberry season here and fresh strawberries are everywhere.  This is a versatile sauce, it’s great on cheese cake, pound cake, ice cream, a spoon etc.. First you wanna give the strawberries a bath.  Who knows how far these have … Continue reading

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Cheesecake 101!

Hey who likes cheesecake? I’ve had a request for a cheesecake post, so here it is, this one’s for you Jenny M. This is going to be more of a tutorial than a recipe post, but I will provide the … Continue reading

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Moist Chocolate Cake!

OK I know that some of you see me as some cake genius, and I’m not denying that, but my favorite chocolate cake recipe couldn’t be easier, and it has been right under your nose for years! I got this … Continue reading

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Choosing a cake pan

Think that a cake pan is a cake pan?  Think again! Like most people, when I started baking, I just went out to a big box store and bought some cake pans, and didn’t give it much thought.  Then when … Continue reading

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Orange Chiffon Cake

Here is a retro dessert that I really love.  It makes me feel like a 50’s housewife.  This cake is best served while wearing a frilly apron… Guess who forgot to take a picture of the ingredients… Here is what … Continue reading

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How to “Fold” ingredients into a batter.

Here is a really useful technique referred to as “folding”. The purpose of folding is usually to introduce a light and airy component (like whipped cream or whipped egg whites) to a heaver, denser component, resulting in a lighter fluffier … Continue reading

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Real Irish Soda Bread!

I decided that my post for St. Patrick’s Day would be Irish Soda bread, seems fitting right?  That lead me to do some research for real authentic soda bread.  I knew that real soda bread is plain, that the stuff … Continue reading

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