Chowhounds offer the definitive guide to baking, with recipe tips, discussion on techniques like making a baguette, and more.

Best New Baking Cookbooks for Fall 2019

With summer fully melted away and fall in full swing, we're hunkering down and cozying up—and with ovens happily back on again, the agenda includes a lot of baking. Good thing that among all the new...

February 2021 Cookbook of the Month NOMINATIONS

by islandmermaid 8 days ago

A warm and cozy greeting to everyone in our Cookbook of the Month community! Let's put on our thinking caps and share ideas for our February selection. For many of us, February means chilly days,...

Fall Quarter 2020 Baking Cookbook of the Month: MIDWEST MADE

Caitlin McGrath
by Caitlin McGrath 4 months ago

Welcome to our Fall Quarter Baking COTM, running through the end of 2020, MIDWEST MADE: BIG, BOLD BAKING FROM THE HEARTLAND by Shauna Sever. We’ll use this thread for all reports and discussion of ...

Best New-to-You Recipes for 2020

by masha 18 days ago

What recipes did you make for the first time during 2020 that were a hit? Links to the recipe and/or to your earlier CH report on it are encouraged. For myself, I would note that I made many ...

January 2021 Cookbook of the Month NOMINATIONS

by islandmermaid 1 month ago

Good evening, Cookbook of the Month community! It's time to start reflecting on what we would like to cook together in the new year! What will be simmering, baking, and bubbling in our kitchens on ...

Holiday Treats 2020

by sallyt 2 months ago

Hi everyone, let's talk about making candy, cookies, treats, etc. for yourself, family, friends and neighbors, whatever your cause for celebrating may be! Even in this SD time, I plan to dr...


by ChiaraItaly 13 days ago

Hi! I'm Chiara an Italian girl and i'm new here... I would like to know your favourite plumcake's recipe because I love this type of cake but it isn't a typical Italian cake so I would like to disc...

Pie crusting

by Fritz 14 days ago

Been making crusts 50/50 crisco/butter. I want to sub out the crisco. Any suggestions that are not lard or coconut oil/butter?

Bread baking in gas vs. electric oven

by tubman 7 months ago

I have a bread recipe I adjusted to perfection in my electric oven, baked on parchment on a baking sheet on the center rack. Our new second home has a gas oven--the bread comes out fine using the s...

What are you baking these days? September 2020 edition!

Caitlin McGrath
by Caitlin McGrath 5 months ago

Sure, it’s officially fall later this month, at least in the northern hemisphere, but many of us can look forward still to a month of nice weather and the last of summer fruits, along with the firs...

Costco cranberry orange bisconie

by gsdlvr 1 year ago

Have you tried them? I love them - the texture and the flavor, but they only make them during the holidays. If you've had them and have a recipe to duplicate them, please share with me! Thank y...

First Cow

by syrup09 19 days ago

Has anyone out there seen the movie First Cow. I just saw it and I recomend it, especially for foodies. The film, set in frontier Oregon, has food and baking at the heart of it. I'm not g...

What are you baking these days? December 2020 edition!

Caitlin McGrath
by Caitlin McGrath 2 months ago

We've hit that biggest of multi-holiday months, and pandemic notwithstanding, I expect many of us will be giving our ovens a workout. What’s going in yours?

Boxed Brownies finishing in half the time

by bkoziol 25 days ago

Like the title says, when I bake brownies in my oven they finish in about half the time. Boxed brownie mixes, only. I made Ghirardelli brownies, the box stated 40-45 minutes cooking time, and they ...

Homemade vanilla extract

by Skip2 22 days ago

Following directions, I put some Grade B vanilla beans into some vodka several months ago, How do I know if the extract is ready? As well, does that mean the extract will have an alcohol taste to i...

December 2018 COTM BREAD TOAST CRUMBS: Bread

by islandmermaid 2 years ago

Welcome to Cookbook of the Month! Please use this thread to post reports on recipes from the following chapter of BREAD TOAST CRUMBS: *BREAD (p. 24-99) If you are the first one to report ...

Mary Moore Fruit Cake recipe from the 70’s

by lalto 26 days ago

I had a column from my local newspaper at the time ( in the 70’s) (The Brantford Expositor”) written by Mary Moore with the recipe for a light/white fruitcake. It has been misplaced. It is cooked ...

NOVEMBER 2020 COOKBOOK OF THE MONTH (COTM) - David Lebovitz website

by LulusMom 3 months ago

Here we are almost 8 months into Covid quarantine, and the majority of us decided it makes the most sense to stick with an online source for our COTM. We voted for David Lebovitz’s blog as our Nove...

why are my chocolate chip cookies so cakey?

by jennifer w. 16 years ago

Help! I am not a baker by any means, but thought I'd give the recipe off of the Nestle Tollhouse chip bag a try since my fiance is in town and he has a big sweet tooth. Aren't the recipes off of th...