Going all out on baking for the holidays is a family tradition: we make cookies, cakes, and anything else we can think of, handing out treats to friends and family. Since I give them to a wide variety of people, I'm always looking for a way to make mine look their best. The Baking Shapes that King Arthur Flour is offering for the holiday season easily add a little something special to a plate full of holiday sweets. The set of four includes a pair of bells, a star, a snowman, and a tree. You can fill one with … Read more
Just about every restaurant is offering up seasonal treats incorporating pumpkin on their dessert menus right now. One of my favorites is pumpkin cheesecake: it brings together two of of my favorite tastes. While making cheesecakes at home can be a little complex, I want to be able to turn out a few of my own pumpkin cheesecakes. The Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake Pan can do just that and even makes those cheesecakes in single portions, shaped just like pumpkins. You can choose any crust you feel like making and mix and match with pumpkin cheesecakes and more traditional flavors--either way, … Read more
Someday, all food will come in exact sizes and shapes. No, I'm not talking about the oft-mentioned food pills of the always-distant future, where one capsule supplies enough nutrients for the day. Hopefully, that terrifying future never falls upon us, because eating or preparing a well-made meal can be rewarding in its own right. However, there is something to be said about food that is served exactly the same every time. Just ask siblings how they feel about the concept as they try to split a particularly delicious treat like pizza or a brownie.
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If you live or work somewhere with limited space, the 3-in-1 Breakfast Maker from Sunpentown can breakfast a lot easier. It incorporates a coffee maker, a toaster oven and an electric frying pan all in one small appliance. The coffee maker can hold 4 cups and offers a reusable coffee filter. The frying pan is nonstick and ETL-approved. The toaster oven has a removable rack and tray, along with a 15-minute timer. It has a capacity of 5 liters. And all of this is in an appliance that measures just 15.5 inches by 8 inches by 9.5 inches. … Read more
With the MSR Flex 4 System Cookset, you have a complete set of cookware for a group of four--at least for basic cooking jobs. The set is versatile enough to cook at home or pack for a trip. It includes a nonstick 3.2-liter pot, a 5.3-liter pot, lids for both pots that double as strainers, a Talon pot handle, four polypropylene plates, and four insulated mugs. The only thing missing the silverware, assuming you don't want to eat with your fingers. The different parts of the cooking set nest together, minimizing the amount of space they require … Read more
Cupcakes are great, but sometimes you want to go a step beyond. The Sweet Rides Classic Car Pan, from Nordic Ware, lets you turn your cupcakes into truly sweet rides. The pan shapes each cupcake into a different car--they aren't made in any particular models, but you'll be able to pick out a truck and even a convertible. While the pan does add quite a few details to your cupcakes, there aren't so many that it's hard to remove the cupcakes after you're done baking. You can also get away without completely icing these treats: … Read more
Bundt cakes, as a rule, aren't particularly fancy. With the right pan, though, you can make your cake a little fancier. The Aloha Bundt Cake Pan is perfect if you're looking for a tropical feel. The pan's design shapes your cake to look like six small pineapples that form a ring. You don't even need to frost it to get a great look. Unlike many pans that mold details into a baking cake, the design on this pan is not so delicate that you won't be able to get the cake out of the pan … Read more
There are plenty of ways to liven up a stack of pancakes: you can mix in blueberries or add a handful of chocolate chips or even use a pan that adds fun designs to your breakfast. The Bug Pancake Pan lets you take that last option, adding pictures of dragonflies, ladybugs, and more to your pancakes.
The pan comes from Nordic Ware and has a non-stick surface that's also heat-reflective, offering uniform browning for your pancakes. The pan offers seven different sections into which you can pour pancakes, each with its own bug theme: a dragonfly, snail, butterfly, ladybug, … Read more
Sometimes one meal at a time isn't enough. I don't necessarily mean overeating; rather, I speak here of flavor. The Spanish concept of tapas or small plates is appealing to me: lots of different flavors and foods during one meal. In a single setting you can have fish, fowl, beast, and everything in-between. It's a great idea for those among us who enjoy sampling different bites during a meal. Sometimes however, we know what we want in general, but perhaps not in the specific.
Cupcakes are fun to decorate and fun to eat. But occasionally, you have to bake a bigger cake. The Dimensions Giant Cupcake Pan from Wilton gives you the option of baking a giant cupcake, and sticking with the fun of decorating and eating a cupcake in larger sizes. The pan actually bakes the cupcake in two pieces--the top and the base--which you'll be able to assemble after backing. To put the pieces together, you'll need to spread a thin layer of icing so that the top and the bottom hold together. The fully constructed cake will stand about … Read more