In the first two weeks of April, there are two birthdays in the house which means two cakes and two frostings. Whether its cakes or cupcakes, I typically lean toward buttercream frosting as the topping choice because it’s easy to whip up and generally a crowd-pleaser especially with kids.
Buttercream frosting is a classic and versatile icing that is commonly used in baking. It is a rich, creamy, and buttery topping that can be used to decorate cakes, cupcakes, and other desserts. But it’s not one size fits all with buttercream frosting. There are several different types of buttercream frosting, each with its unique taste, texture, and appearance. Continue Reading
Yeast is a single-celled microorganism that plays a crucial role in the process of fermentation, which is a key step in making bread and other baked goods rise. Baker’s yeast is the most commonly used type of yeast, available in two forms: active dry yeast and instant yeast. Continue Reading
As any home baker knows, few things are more frustrating than a loaf of bread that comes out heavy and dense. Fortunately, with a little knowledge and attention to detail, it’s possible to avoid this common problem of heavy and dense bread that taste and resemble flour bricks. Continue Reading
I was surprised to learn that you don’t need to to autolyse your pizza dough. In fact, it may be detrimental. All the artisan bread recipes say you need a rest period, typically called autolyse (AUTO-leese) after the initial mix. That it is critical to let the dough rest and for the gluten chains to form. If it is so critical to good, well developed artisanal bread, then why is the step often lacking in pizza dough recipes? Continue Reading
If you are looking for legit, wood-fired Neapolitan pies without driving into Boston, de LaPosta pizzeria in Newton is a new pizzeria that might satisfy your craving. Opened in late November 2021 on Washington Street, it is owned and operated by Mario LaPosta, a former chef at Batali’s now shuttered Babbo in the Seaport. Continue Reading
Maybe your New Year’s resolution, like many, was to eat healthier. Well, don’t stop with just you. Don’t forget about your pets. Homemade pumpkin peanut butter dog treats are a nutritious and tasty way to treat your pup and start their New Year off right, too.
These pumpkin peanut butter homemade dog treats are quick and easy to make. 4 ingredients. One bowl. They are sure to put a smile on your dog’s face and a wag in their tail.
So much of what is sold in big box pet stores is filler and junk. It’s easier, simpler, and more nutritious to make your own. Continue Reading
These simple, one bowl dark chocolate sugar cookies are a simple twist on the classic confection that come together quickly and offer a satisfying double hit for either a chocolate or a cookie craving.
I was on the hunt for a cookie recipe to bake for a neighborhood block party. I wanted something easy and quick but offered something a little unique. Something that went beyond the usual chocolate chip contribution. Continue Reading