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blackout-cake-slice

The visual of this cake, with its shaggy coating of dark cake crumbs, harkens back to the Ebinger’s Blackout Cake beloved in the New York area. The bakery closed its doors in the early 1970s and the original blackout cake recipe was never published; our version uses “black” cocoa, which is a specialty product that…..

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ménage a trois cookies recipe

These cookies have quite a history, as you might imagine from the name. In 1985, Dédé was working at a scratch bakery where she was developing recipes for the retail store. The name came before the cookie itself. She was brainstorming with her colleagues about what would sell and this provocative little term seemed perfect……

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fresh-figs

If you have only ever had dried figs, never fresh, then this simple dish will be a revelation. Dried figs have their sweet and chewy charms, but fresh figs have a delicacy that might surprise you. They are naturally quite sweet, and their almost sticky texture is sensual and luxurious. They are available from May…..

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Choosing Liquid Measuring Cups

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We constantly reach for 1-cup, 2-cup and 4-cup liquid measuring cups. We recommend having an assortment handy because you will use them for water, juices, liquid sweeteners, measuring reduced mixtures right off the stove and in many other ways. This last use is also why we like a heatproof cup. Our test kitchen uses both…..

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Using Measuring Spoons

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While measuring spoons are typically thought of as dry-measuring implements, they are often used for extracts, flavorings, small amounts of water and other similar ingredients. For liquids, pour the liquid ingredient (such as vanilla extract) into the exact-size measuring spoon and fill it up to the brim. For dry ingredients, such as baking powder, dip…..

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Choosing Accurate Measuring Spoons

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Many years back there was a small article in Gourmet magazine that completely changed our approach to baking. Sound dramatic? Well, the contents of the article demanded a dramatic reaction! The story explained how they had all their editors bring in their sets of measuring spoons from home. They measured 1 tablespoon of salt with…..

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Using Dry Measuring Cups for Sifted Ingredients

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Cocoas and powdered sugar often clump upon storage and we recommend sifting before using your dry measuring cups. 1. Sift your dry ingredient in a bowl, using a larger than required amount. 2. Using the exact sized measuring cup called for, dip it into your ingredient so that it overfills the cup. 3. Scrape off…..

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How to Use Dry Measuring Cups for Flour and Granulated Sugar

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  Before you grab your tools, please read our recommendations about choosing your dry measuring cups. Believe it or not, there are many ways to use a measuring cup. You can scoop the cup into your flour or sugar and shake off the excess, you could spoon the ingredient into the cup and level it…..

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Choosing Dry Measuring Cups Wisely

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You might think dry measuring cups are the same no matter what the brand or place of purchase, but there are industry standards for weights and measures and not all measuring cups are manufactured to those specifications. If your set of measuring tools came from the dollar store or is dented, we say toss ‘em out……

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yellow cake recipe

This is our go-to yellow cake recipe. It’s buttery, tender and moist and we developed this version with all-purpose flour because it’s a pantry staple. No need for a box mix when you have such a fast and easy recipe at hand. This cake is a great start if you are new to baking from…..

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