Baking Tips: Caramel


oh caramel- I love thee as much as I love chocolate and the two of you, just .. oo la la! Horrible for my waistline. This week’s tip comes from my friend and fellow avid baker…….. drumroll!….. Tina!!!!! This was something important that we learned while making the St. Honore cake at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. Just imagine lots…

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Baking with Abby & Sophie!


Yesterday I was over at my friend Peter’s house teaching his kids Sophie and Abby how to bake! We made the nearing celebrity status browned butter brownies, pastry crust, and then folded together whipped cream and a lime curd I’d made the day before to make a delicious berry/lime tart. yum! oh and Frozen was on in French in the background.…

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Baking Tip: Avoiding a Messy Kitchen


I’ve got this little series going on called Baking Tips! If you’ve got a tip, let me know! I’d love to feature it. Today’s Tip of the Day! Use your tools/bowls wisely. There’s nothing more fun than baking- including a massive mound of dishes afterwards. Sometimes it can’t be avoided but there are a lot of times where you can use…

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Baking Tip: Bread & Kneading!


Our bread expert is back! And this time Ian Chin of the Baking Chin is talking about Kneading bread! And here it is…. drumrollll…… today’s tip! Smooth, Springy dough makes for a well Kneaded dough! This takes about 6-10 minutes by hand and 4-7 minutes by machine. The dough will look smooth on top and elastic, bouncing back when touched. Bonus…

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What’s Up in Tejas!


Qu’est-ce qui se passe au Texas? I haven’t been writing too many personal blog posts lately! You’ll know fairly soon why…. To recap- I’ve been back in the US since mid-March, about 4 1/2 months now. Just crazy! It seems like it’s been so much longer. I’ve actually wanted to write so many blog posts about this and haven’t. They’ve been…

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