There are many different kinds of pizza. Different doughs. Different toppings. But they are always squares or circles, right? What about rectangles? Narrow ones. I’ve been baking long, skinny Sicilian pies with Lloyd long pizza pans now since the end of January and my only regret is that I didn’t order more.
I’m not usually a proponent of using box mixes. It’s often just as easy to mix up the ingredients yourself and skip the shelf stabilizers and other weird chemicals. But sometimes, life intervenes. You need a hack. You need chocolate funfetti cupcakes fast.
No matter the holiday, no matter the season, no matter the dessert spread, my Mom will always choose the cookies first. Chewy oatmeal raisin or chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are her favorite. I’ve taken to stocking the freezer with frozen cookie dough so I’ll always have them on hand when she visits.
Why should the kids get all the home baked treats? With all the dog food recalls recently, it’s easy to forget that making simple, nutritious homemade dog biscuits for your furry friend is easy and usually involves just five or six pantry ingredients.
Why pay six, seven, eight dollars or more for organic, natural dog biscuits when you can make a batch of your own in less than a half hour that easily avoids preservatives, strange ingredients, fillers, and harmful chemicals?
The whole point of this year-long exercise is to improve and get better at making pies so failure is to be expected, even encouraged. A brief guide to improvement: lots of research, lots of attempts with a focus on refining and trying different things, and lots of repetition once you find a good method.
Is there anything worse than cutting that first slice of pie and then watching the filling slowly slide out from under its cozy crust?
Like the chewy versus crispy cookie debate, the perfect slice of pie is also up for debate. For me, I like a pie, especially a classic fruit pie, to be slice-able and for the filling to hold its shape. Just is fine but not so much that it resembles soup. I want pie. I want a firm filling.
But how do we get that perfect slice? What’s the difference between each type of pie thickener? What about pectic? How do we choose the right thickener and the right amount for each pie?