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  • How to Make a Perfect Meringue

    How to Make a Perfect Meringue

    Meringue is one type of dessert that appeared originally in France although it is believed that Gasparini, an Italian chef, invented meringue sometime between the 17th and early 18th centuries in the town of Meiringen in Switzerland. Meringue is a very sweet and light dessert, which is also considered a candy. It is generally made from sugar and whipped egg whites. The typical measurement is half a cup of caster sugar and 2 beaten egg whites. Meringue recipes sometimes call for small amounts of flavor extracts, for example, half a teaspoon of almond and/or vanilla extracts. Basically, the sugar is dissolved into the beaten egg whites to make meringue. This mixture will harden when baked but easily melts in the mouth. In the Italian version…

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  • Brownie Cupcakes

    Brownie Cupcakes

    The allure of the cupcake has gone beyond children’s party fare. All the world, it seems, has a passion for cupcakes these days. Cupcake bakeries are opening across the country. Cookbooks devoted to the art of the cupcake are turning up in bookstores. When a cupcake crosses with a brownie, a satisfying, deep chocolate flavor is presented in the form of a little cake. Brownie cupcakes make a deliciously dense cake, especially tasty with a sweet addition of natural raisins. The recipe comes together quickly in a single pot on the stove top, a great option for quick cleanups. Top the cupcakes with a sprinkling of powdered sugar or a drizzle of glaze, excellent for lunchboxes. For the full cupcake effect, traditional butter cream frosting dresses up the brownie cupcakes for a…

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  • Baking Terms for Beginners

    Baking Terms for Beginners

    Baking is a hobby many love to do but in order to fully understand how it works or how to do it you will have to familiarize yourself with the different baking terms used. They are many baking terms used by professional bakers or by cook books. You have to figure out what each one is in order to do the job and so that the baked goodies will be delicious enough for seconds. Below we will discuss a few basic baking terms that everyone should know. The most basic of the terms is: Bake. To bake means to cook in an oven using dry heat. You have to remember to turn on and heat up the oven 10-15 minutes before use in order to equalize the temperature. Another important term to remember is: Bakers Dozen. For bakers, a dozen of an item means 13 pieces. Remember this when people tell you them want…

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