In my family, carrot cake is a sign spring is coming. I don't know what it is about February and March, but something about those months just has me reaching for the carrots and the cream-cheese frosting every year. The Carrot Cake Pan from King Arthur Flour offers a nice touch to my typical carrot cake. The glazed stoneware pan is perfect for baking a moist cake--and you can pop the cake out easily if you're planning to decorate it. However, just adding a coat of cream-cheese frosting on the cake and leaving it in the pan can … Read more
To continue our celebration of Bread Month at The Brooklyn Kitchen, a shop in my neighborhood that's the best go-to spot for appliances and kitchen gadgets, I'm introducing you to this odd-looking blade that breadmakers know as a lame (lah-may).
Maybe you've already been introduced to this curved-blade tool, also known as a grignette. But if you're like me and it's new to you, here's the deal: this little guy is responsible for the pretty patterns that show up in the crust of freshly baked breads like baguettes and round boules. Chefs use the … Read more
I'm a big fan of muffins--and maybe cupcakes as well. I bake up at least one batch of muffins each week for quick breakfasts on the go, which can add up to a lot of muffin papers if I'm not careful. And when I forget to pick up more muffin papers at the store, it can make for a whole lot of greasing and flouring my pans. Silicups eliminate all the fuss--and the waste of throwing away so many muffin papers each week. Silicups are standalone silicone cups that you can reuse. The silicone is durable, yet flexible: … Read more
While there are more than a few bakeware options out there, Green Apple Glass Bakeware is the only option with a nonstick coating that is all natural. This line of bakewares is made from borosilicate glass--a material that handles extreme temperature changes with no problem. The nonstick coating used by Green Apple is proprietary: the NAMI coating is FDA-approved, environmentally safe, chemical-free, and antibacterial. It's not clear exactly what the coating is made from, however. It eliminates the need to grease pans, which, in turn, makes for healthier baked goods. The line of Green Apple Glass Bakeware is also … Read more
While heart-shaped cupcakes only really work around Valentine's Day, you can get away with a dinosaur-shaped cake any time of year. The Dinosaur Cakelette Pan makes bringing out a plateful of tasty Tyrannosaurus Rexes and other assorted dinosaurs just a matter of pouring cake batter into the pan. This particular cake pan comes from Nordic Ware; it's a solid pan that can produce eight cakelettes at a time.
The Dinosaur Cakelette Pan has very detailed forms: there are two shapes for each of the four dinosaurs (stegosaurus, tyrannosaurus rex, triceratops, and apatosaurus) that even have teeth and claws. … Read more
There's just something about a chocolate bar--about a big piece of chocolate divided into bite-size pieces, ready to break off and pop in your mouth. Williams-Sonoma has a new brownie pan available that takes advantage of the iconic look of a chocolate bar. You can mix up a batch of your favorite brownies, pour the batter into the Chocolate Bar Brownie Pan and bake: the result is a dozen 'chocolate bars.' You can divide up your brownies--the division the pan lays out is a fair portion--and see the word 'chocolate' embossed on your brownies. Just seeing a batch of … Read more
Silicone molds have become popular vessels for baking. They store easily, allow for painless food removal, are dishwasher safe, and prevent the burned-on residue that shows up so frequently on metal pans. Since the heart is an odd shape, using a silicone mold means that your cake will come out … Read more
There are silicone cake pans for just about anything; their flexibility makes them ideal for all sorts of novelty cake shapes. Just in time for Valentine's Day, there's a cake pan with a sweet message. The Love Silicone Cake Pan can spell out your feelings of "Love" in tasty cake form, complete with hearts for the spaces within the "o" and the "e." The pan is approximately 15 inches by 5.5 inches by 2.2 inches, providing enough cake if you're planning a Valentine's Day party for more than … Read more
Each season, 32 football teams battle it out in hopes of reaching the Super Bowl. This year the Arizona Cardinals (do they have cardinals in Arizona?) are one of the teams in the big game. Besides the teams battling it out on the field, there is a second, more delicious battle, vying for your attention on game day: the food spread. When I think of the Southwest, I think of spicy food, and considering that Arizona is home to a good deal of Mexican-inspired food, it only makes sense to include it in your game day festivities. When it comes … Read more
On top of all the other dishes that I dirty when I'm baking, I almost always have to get out a fresh container to store food for later, along with any leftovers. That's just one more thing I'll have to wash down the road. However, Anchor Hocking has a line of containers that let you bake in the same dish you'll use to store food in--some are even large enough that you can do all of your mixing in the same container. The Bake n' Keep Food Storage Containers are glass, including the lids. They're … Read more