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A vanilla chiffon cake layered with vanilla pastry cream, fresh fruit, and buttercream frosting. I never have any leftovers no matter how big I mamake it!

Comfort food that freezes well.

AWESOME Thanks everyone! I have a lot of ideas to work with!

One Bowl Baking: Super Crumb Raspberry Almond Crumb Cake

These are SUPER YUMMY!!! They also stay very moist for a couple days! This goes on my make again(and again) list. :)

First Time Making Bread, help!

Another idea to proof your bread is use your microwave. Boil a cup of water in the microwave it creates are nice warm moist place for your bread much like a proof box professionals use. I place the cup in the back corner so I don't have to move it once the water is boiling. Place bowl with dough (I do covered for this part) let rise according to recipe. Then once shaped place back in microwave to proof final time (pan and all). You may have to reheat the water. Good luck!

Why would salt not be included in yeasted & sweet bread recipes?


Tea Recommendations

I have two websites I get tea from They have hundreds of teas to choose from! Chocolate raspberry truffle & cherry cordial are a couple of my favs you can order small samples of the flavors as well. Second is I get the strawberries and cream green (comes in black as well), pumpkin pie, Marsala chai, & cherry black. The fruit flavors I tend to make iced tea with & the spiced teas I love hot.

Has anyone tried osmotolerant yeast?

I was wondering if anyone has tried osmotolerant yeast. I know it is supposed to be better for danish & other sweet doughs that have a high percentage of fat & sugar. I've have used instant & cake yeast & have never found it lacking. Just curious. Thanks in advance!

What is the"custard" filling in an asian cream bun?

I recently started trying various dim sum. I'm trying to figure out what the cream filling is made of in a cream bun. I would like to recreate it as close as possible. It had an intense vanilla flavor and an almost marzipan texture, not creamy like custard. I'm curious to know everyone's thought! Thanks in advance!

Comfort food that freezes well.

I'm looking for suggestions for comfort that freezes well. I'm helping my Grandpa out and would like to stock pile his freezer with some good food. I've only ever frozen lasagna & chili. I love to cook & make everything fresh. Would mac & cheese freeze well? Any ideas/suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!

Why would salt not be included in yeasted & sweet bread recipes?

I just bought a cookbook with traditional Swedish cakes & cookies. While doing my first read through I noticed the coffee cakes & sweet breads did not include salt. I was always taught salt is essential for flavor & to control the yeast. Should I just add salt? This is an e-book so something may be missing...Thoughts anyone?

The Best Bakeries for Cookies in Portland

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Scotch Egg

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French Macarons

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