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    Any batter dispensers for small amounts, like pizelles?

    I got a pizelle maker a couple of years ago and have made some excellent amaretto white chocolate pizelles with it, except I wish the process of making them was easier. If the batter is on the thick side, you have to scrape it off the spoon onto the iron, delaying getting the batter on the...
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    Can baking make you happier?

    Here's an interesting article about using baking as informal therapy for depression; I love the "Depressed Cake Shop" idea to raise funds and awareness! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23756645
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    Wanted: cookie recipes from around the world!

    Experimenting with new cookie recipes is one of my favorite things to do, and I'd like to expand my repertoire to include more cookies from other countries. Please share a cookie recipe native to or symbolic of your country, or a country your ancestors were from! (Or just a country you like...
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    Need help finding some sort of honey sparkly-ish crunchy thing

    I recently happened to taste a chocolate bar that had tiny crunchy honey crystals mixed in, which made me think something like that would be perfect to add to the honey cookies I'm trying to come up with. Unfortunately my sister threw out the chocolate bar wrapper before I thought to ask the...
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    Hiding vegetables in baked goods?

    I'm wondering if there are more ways to eat your vegetables than just the standard carrot cakes, zucchini chocolate cakes, substituting applesauce for oil, etc. Any new recipes I haven't heard of?
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    Frugal kitchen tips

    There's already a thread here about saving money, for general money-saving tips, but I thought we needed one specifically about how to save money in the kitchen. For instance, which generic brands are made by the same companies as branded foods and are really essentially the same? Buying in...
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    Honey cookies recipes?

    Now that the weather has turned unseasonably cool, we've been doing some baking we thought would have to wait until fall. Among the experiments, we've been trying to find a great recipe for honey cookies, that really lets the honey flavor come through. It seems to me the honey flavor really...
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    Decorated pies!

    When I was a kid a pie was considered fancy if it had woven pie crust on top. Lately I've been seeing more and more actual decorations on them, usually by using cookie cutters on the crust. Here are some amazing designs:
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    Blackberry Upside Down Cake

    Ingredients: 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus extra for greasing pan 2 1/3 cups cake flour (sifted, then measured), plus extra for dusting pan 2 1/2 cups (10 ounces) fresh blackberries 1/4 cup plus 1 1/3 cups sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/2...
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    What sort of stencil designs would you use?

    My mother used to decorate cakes quickly and easily by putting a paper doily on top (usually without frosting) and shaking some powdered sugar over it, then carefully removing the doily. These days they have cupcake and cookie sized stencils for sale to do much the same thing. Have you ever...
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    Did anyone have a doll dress cake as a child?

    I hadn't thought about it for years, but recently I came across a picture of a cake someone made in the shape of a doll's dress, with the doll torso on top, and was reminded of how I'd seen a similar image in the Wilton yearbook as a child and always wanted one.
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    Royal baby cakes

    I admit it, I like fancy dresses, palaces, and other trappings of royalty as much as the next girl. I'm not so much enamored of the royals themselves, but occasionally they give us an excuse to watch a fairytale wedding. So it's no surprise some bakers (even some Americans) made elaborate...
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    Cherry and Chocolate Oat Cookies

    Ingredients: 105g butter 1 large egg 150g caster sugar 100g muscovado sugar 160g plain flour 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 tsp baking soda 75g jumbo oats 100 dark chocolate chips 150g morello sour cherries Method: Pre-heat the oven to 160°C. Cream the...
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    What's the secret to making caramel from condensed milk?

    I've heard from more than one source that an easy way to make caramel sauce is to just boil an entire can of condensed milk, but I haven't had success with that method. The first time my family tried it, I think the issue was that whoever started it had left it unattended and the water boiled...
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    Black Raspberry Pound Cake

    Here's another recipe I'm salivating over and planning to make when it's cool enough, only substituting blackberries (are they the same thing? Close enough) from my garden: Recipe adapted from My Madison Bistro ½ cup unsalted butter (room temperature) 1 ¼ cups plus 2 tablespoons...
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    Cake Shots

    This is a cute idea for serving small amounts or tastes of cake. Great for portion control, too. Essentially it's just a mini cupcake sliced into three layers with frosting, but if you want the recipe pictured here check out Sweet Society.
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    How do you convert a recipe into a formula?

    I'd like to learn more about how bakeries actually work, especially how they deal with mass-producing things. I understand they use formulas instead of recipes so that they can easily scale the amount. But how do you convert a regular recipe for home use into a formula?
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    Orange Creamsicle Cookies

    from Ari's Menu: Ingredients 1 1/4 cups white whole wheat flour 1/2 tsp baking powder dash salt 1/2 cup sugar Zest of one orange 1/2 cup reduced fat cream cheese, softened 1 tbsp fresh orange juice 1 large egg white 4 oz good quality white chocolate squares or chopped into large chunks...
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    Resources for printable decorations?

    What are your favorite places to find printable decorations, for cupcake toppers and the like? Specifically I'm hoping to find some pennants to stick in the towers of my sandcastle cake, but I'd love to see what else is available out there for easy decorating.
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    Triple Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

    From Easy Dessert: Ingredients: 1 1/4 c. all-purpose flour 1/2 c. cocoa 2 tsp. baking powder 1/4 tsp. salt 1 c. butter, softened (2 sticks) 1 c. firmly packed brown sugar 1/2 c. granulated sugar 1 tsp. vanilla extract 2 eggs 2 c. old-fashioned oats 1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 c. milk...
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