The lightest baked goods start with perfectly creamed butter and sugar. We’ll show you the tips and tricks you need to know to get this kitchen technique down pat.
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Sharing food in winter is one of life’s quiet joys. As poet Edith Sitwell noted, “Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”
I contemplate her words and feel an ache that is dangerously flirting with longing. As we invest more and more of our (fleeting, precious!) time into our virtual lives, connecting not by touch or even by voice, but via endless shallow streams of social media- texting, downloading, uploading, scrolling through visual tidbits of other people’s lives (often strangers), privy to their breakfast, their political opinions, and goofy pictures of Fido and Kitty- I yearn to throw a party. To embrace the old fashioned ritual of baking from scratch, lighting candles, and inviting some human beings over for an evening of conversation and real time companionship.
Laughter and chocolate cake are good medicine, feeding not only our sweet tooth, but our sun deprived spirit as well. The spirit of connectivity, friendship and inclusion.
Yet for those of us living gluten-free (and dairy-free), the deep mid-winter season- with its twinkling celebrations centered around sharing food- too often feels the opposite of convivial. It feels gated. Off limits.
Look. Don't touch. Or taste. Smile graciously.
When you need not be hyper-vigilant about each and every forkful, the food centric holidays are, as the saying goes, a piece of cake. But to those of us with celiac disease and dairy allergies, a table heaped with food (glorious food) is a big steaming reminder of how different we are, a symbol of separation. Of not belonging.
This is when a gluten-free dairy-free chocolate layer cake is more than just dessert. It is a marvelous, beautiful thing. Bordering on luxurious.
Because to indulge (and share food) without worry is a true gift.
So pick a date. Text family and friends an invite. Or pick up the phone and call. Fire up your oven. Gather plates and candles.
Conviviality, connection, and cake await.
Pumpkin Cake to the Rescue Today I’m digging into the recipe archives (back to 2005!) to share an old favorite. My pumpkin cake recipe. We’re so busy sorting, bagging clothes and boxing up books for donation, getting ready for the big move to Los Angeles (next Thursday!) that yours truly has not had time to bake. But if I did? I’d whip up this moist and tender beauty of a
We welcome blogger Kristin Rosenau, who writes about a recent visit from her home in North Dakota to our Baking Center in Vermont. As an avid baker and author of the blog, Pastry Affair, I have spent many hours waiting patiently in front of the oven door dressed in flour-dusted clothes. I am a self-taught […]
Loaded with fiber and protein, coconut flour is an alternative flour that’s becoming very popular, especially with those looking to add extra nutrition to their baked goods. Our finely ground organic coconut flour is a gluten-free way to add protein and fiber to recipes. It’s delicious in cakes and cookies, and creates tender texture in pancakes, […]
Have you ever made a Bundt cake, cut a slice, looked at that large expanse of blank real estate (i.e., plain cake), and thought, “Hmmm, I could have added butterscotch chips.” Or blueberries. Or chopped pecans. Bundt cake mix-ins are a great way to add visual excitement and complementary flavors to your favorite cake; but […]
; “As kids, if we weren’t in the orchards gleaning or running wild, we were sitting on the beach pitting cherries, every inch of our sun-kissed, bug-bitten skin sticky with juice. We would carry our buckets full of cherries back to the kitchen of the old house to wait patiently as a cobbler or crisp […]
You decide to make cheesecake. You’ve got the 2 pounds of cream cheese, the eggs, the sugar, vanilla, cookies for a crust… Stop right there! For best results – and surely you don’t want any result but the very best – read these cheesecake tips before you even start preheating the oven. Trust me, your […]
I know you’re reading this post for our best cake decorating tips, and here’s the first one I have for you. Treat yourself, eat the cake. Pizza and cake. I could truly eat pizza and cake every day of the year, and twice on Sundays. And given the choice between the two, I’m almost sure […]
There are so many ways to mix up cake batter. Maybe you’ve always wondered why the many methods; maybe you never thought about it until now. But each technique is based on specific ingredients, and results in a different final product: from a light as air cake, to one that’s sturdy enough to hold up […]