Fresh bread, layer cakes, and casseroles: if it cooks in the oven, it's fair game. Our baking guides share tips and tricks for baking the best sweet and savory fare.

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The Science of Sourdough Starters
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What Is Gluten? The Science Behind Great Dough
What to Do With Leftover Vanilla Bean Pods
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The Quickest Way to Soften Brown Sugar
Measuring spoons, measuring cups and a kitchen scale.
The Best and Most Accurate Way to Measure Wet and Dry Ingredients for Baking
Bowl scraper and dough
Every Kitchen Needs a Bowl Scraper
How to Make a Paper Piping Bag
Two hands gently hold a smooth ball of dough on a wooden work surface.
How to Knead, Fold, and Shape Sourdough Bread
Bubbly sourdough starters in glass jam jars
The Best Flour for Sourdough Starters: An Investigation
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Can't Find Bread Flour? Vital Wheat Gluten Can Help
The Best Way to Refrigerate or Freeze (Most) Cookie Doughs
Two hands are placing a ball of bread dough into a bowl lined with a floured kitchen towel.
Breadmaking 101: All About Proofing and Fermentation
The Difference Between Blackstrap Molasses and True Molasses
Breadmaking 101: How to Troubleshoot Bad Bread
A pile of cocoa powder
What's the Difference Between Dutch Process and Natural Cocoa Powder?
The Science of Baking Bread (and How to Do It Right)
Pizza Flour Types, Foams, and Dough
The Serious Eats Field Guide to Chinese Pastries
Meet the Umami Bomb of Dessert: Malted Milk Powder
A Guide to Cake Frosting
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How Do Stand Mixers Work?
The Best Bread-Making Tools, According to Our Experts
What to Bake When You're Out of Flour
Watch Kenji Make No-Knead Bread With Beer
Watch Kenji Demonstrate How Foolproof His Pan Pizza Recipe Really Is
KitchenAid Pro-6
This Is the Best Stand Mixer You Can Buy
A container of baking powder next to a spoon full of baking powder.
How Does Baking Powder Affect My Cookies?
What's the Difference Between Light and Dark Brown Sugar?
A white casserole dish filled with Thanksgiving bread stuffing
Forget Stale Bread: How to Oven-Dry Bread for Faster, More Flavorful Thanksgiving Stuffing
The Right Way to Toast a Bagel
Cookie Science: Why Cream Butter and Sugar?
Overhead shot of a round layer cake, sheet cake, and rectangular cake with portions cut out and plated.
How to Scale a Recipe for Cake to Fit Any Pan
Keep Brown Sugar Soft in One Easy Step
How to Measure a Cup of Flour | BraveTart
Does Refrigeration Really Ruin Bread?
A Very Unofficial Snack Cake Field Guide
We Tested 9 Casserole Dishes—Here Are the Best Ones
Real Talk: DIY Vanilla Extract Is a Waste of Time and Money
Cookie Science: The Real Differences Between Brown and White Sugars
The Best Way to Temper Chocolate | The Food Lab
How to Use a Bundt Pan
Baking Guides: How to Make Mini Pies
How to Make Vegetable Galettes
How to Blind Bake Pie Crust Without Weights
How to Rescue Swiss Buttercream, No Matter the Problem
a ball of pizza dough on a floured work surface
What's The Best Way To Freeze Pizza Dough? | Ask The Food Lab
Pizza Protips: How's the Water?
How to Line a Cake Pan With Parchment
How to Make Vibrant, Flavorful Fruit Frostings
Beyond Vanilla: Extracts, Oils, and Waters That Can Improve Your Baking
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Make an Easy Tart With Fresh Summer Fruit and a Creamy Spread
For Your Next Baking Adventure, Mix and Match Your Layers
I've Baked Thousands of Cakes—This is My Favorite Cake Pan
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Breadmaking 101: How to Mix and Knead Bread Dough Like a Pro
Cookie Science: How Do Eggs Affect My Cookies?
11 Essential Tips for Better Pizza | The Food Lab
The Science of Pie: 7 Pie Crust Myths That Need to Go Away
The World of Buttercreams: 6 Varieties to Try at Home