Apple pie and pecan pie: two world-famous classics. But let's be honest, one's a little wholesome and the other's a little too sweet. You know which is which. But what if we combine them into a single pie with an apple filling and a pecan bourbon-caramel top "crust"? And what if we told you it's easier to make and assemble than either of the originals? This may be the greatest pie mashup ever.
Let's face it; there are some skills that are just cool to have. Being able to weld things, very cool. Ability to moonwalk? Always cool. And being able to turn everyday milk into wicked good cheese definitely belongs on that list. What if you showed up at your next holiday party with a wedge of queso fresco that—no big deal—you whipped up that morning? Pretty cool.
This almond cake may be healthy, at least as far as desserts go, but that's just an incidental benefit. What matters most is how light, tender, and delicious it is. The secret to its success: beating the egg whites properly. Here's how.
This "digestive" biscuit, made from spelt, oats, and dark muscovado sugar, is a great all-purpose treat that walks the fine line between savory and sweet: it could just as easily be served with jam, dipped in chocolate, or set on a plate of cheese.
Getting jam to set properly is a matter of adding just enough sugar, acid, and heat to the mix. Here are the hows and whys.
I moved around quite a bit when I was little, from upstate New York, where I remember picking wild blueberries, to Germany, where we gathered gooseberries, to the central coast of California, where blackberry vines grow in the mountains and suburban lots and our neighbors took great pride in their olallieberry jams and pies. For every spot on earth, it seems, there's a berry to be picked.
In part two of our jam-making series, we look at the tools and techniques you need to know to make the most beautiful, intense, fresh-tasting jams.
The first step in making good jam is knowing how to select the best fruit. In the case of jam, though, that doesn't necessarily mean the ripest fruit. In the first part in this jam-making series, we look at how to buy the best possible fruit for jam, with a recipe for summertime blueberry jam as a delicious example.
Bread doesn't just go stale by drying out: It also goes stale due to the retrogradation of starch. Don't know what that means? We explain it, then show how best to store bread so that you can eat it days on end.