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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...

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Show us your pies -- PI Day 2021

by masha 2 months ago

Sweet or savory. What are you baking for PI Day? My current plans are to make 1 or 2 mini peach pies, using 6" pie plates. I even got to use Pi in computing how to scale down a recipe for a ...

Ankarsrum - Back to KA

by mobiledynamics 2 months ago

I know for all you bakers out there, this may seem like a downgrade. Swapped a KA Pro we had with a Ankarsrum. Wifey hardly uses it . She doesn't like it. The KA I sold had this nice textured matte...

What are you baking these days? February 2021 edition!

Caitlin McGrath
by Caitlin McGrath 3 months ago

In time for Groundhog Day and a polar vortex in the Northeast, some species of winter everywhere. What are you preheating your oven for this month?

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 ...

Can I make almond butter from ground almonds?

by MadameC 2 months ago

Thinking I was getting a great deal, I bought 1kg of ground (with skin) almonds direct from an almond farmer here in France. Now I'm panicking as I know once I open the vacum packed packet I need ...

June–August 2018 Baking/Dessert Cookbook of the Month: SWEET

Caitlin McGrath
by Caitlin McGrath 3 years ago

Welcome to our Baking/Dessert COTM for June, July, and August 2018, SWEET, by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh. We’ll use this thread for all reports and discussion of recipe in the book. * Please...

Using a Dutch Oven for Bread Recipes That Don't Call For It

by tetraneutron 3 months ago

I've been baking a lot of sourdough and rye bread, and I bought a ceramic dutch oven and I get much better oven spring with it. But a lot of recipes just want you to bake it on a parchment, with we...

Sourdough - when to rise, shape, bake?

by FrznrthS 3 months ago

I’m a novice baker. Some of my efforts turn out better than others - definitely still learning. When I’m trying sourdough I get confused when recipes differ as to the best time to rise, shape , r...

Great Red Velvet Cake Recipe Using Beets?

by ninrn 3 months ago

I’d like to make a red velvet layer cake using beets for color rather than food dye. I believe this was how the original versions of red velvet cake were made. Does anyone have a tried and true re...

January 2021 Cookbook of the Month NOMINATIONS

by islandmermaid 5 months 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 ...

February 2021 Cookbook of the Month NOMINATIONS

by islandmermaid 4 months 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,...

Best New-to-You Recipes for 2020

by masha 4 months 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 ...

Mincemeat Cake

by Querencia 4 months ago

Now after the holidays we may find mincemeat marked way down in price (at my store it went from $9 a jar to $2.25) so this is the time to bake this cake that takes a whole jar. It is elegant; I hav...

Can anyone help me identify the cutout cookie filling in this video?

by kristen3 3 months ago

I was browsing cookie cutters on Amazon, and stumbled across this video (it's the 6th "photo" in the product description), and now I'm obsessed. What are they are filling the chocolate cutout cooki...

ISO: The Little Pie Shoppe 'Rum Cake" Recipe

by LJS 13 years ago

This is only for those with LONG memories, but I thought I would give it a go. There was an excellent bakery on the west side of Yonge Street, near St. Clements, about 6 blocks north of Eglinton, f...

September–November 2017 Baking COTM: FLO BRAKER QUARTER—Book Recipes

Caitlin McGrath
by Caitlin McGrath 3 years ago

Welcome to our Baking Cookbooks of the Months of September, October, and November 2017: Flo Braker Quarter! Please use this thread to report and discuss recipes from the following books: •The S...

Holiday Treats 2020

by sallyt 6 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 4 months 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 4 months 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?