Tag Archives: Baking

A fondant swan cake helped land Atlanta’s Molly Brodak on the Great American Baking Show

Source: Atlanta Magazine

Molly Brodak’s chamomile lime swan cake with honey Swiss meringue buttercreamPhotograph courtesy of Molly Brodak A three-dimensional swan, a lemon pepper-flavored portrait of Killer Mike, and six near-identical cookies decorated likes mermaids complete with iridescent golden seashell bras—these are just a handful of the creations Molly Brodak has whipped up in her kitchen this year. As if being a Kennesaw State University professor and successful writer (she’s penned an award-winning book of poetry and an acclaimed memoir) weren’t enough, Brodak has taken her sweet tooth to another level as a contestant on this season of ABC’s the Great American Baking ...

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High-Design Pie Is Instagram Food We Actually Love

Source: Grub Street NY

For at least the last month, Lauren Ko has been forcing pies on her friends and family. Ko has a full-time administrative job in Seattle, but she is also the person behind @lokokitchen, a pie-only Instagram account that, until recently, counted a few hundred followers. Then, the site

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A Baking Book That Celebrates the Science of Junk Food

Source: Grub Street NY

Stella Parks doesn’t really like cookbooks. That’s surprising, since Parks is an award-winning pastry chef, a successful baking blogger, and now a cookbook author. And she does like the idea of cookbooks, but she says she’s been turned off over the years by books that rely on repetitive recipes, outdated …

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6 recipes for a rainy day

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Need a project on a rainy day? Make biscuits using a recipe from Flora & Flour owner/chef Lauren Raymond. (Chris Hunt/Special)

The weather is miserable in Atlanta today. Storms rolling through the area may have put a dent in your plans, but don’t let it wreck your day. Turn on some tunes, get the oven warming, don the apron and start cooking. Here are six recipes for a rainy day.

Beef barley soupNew York Times food writer Melissa Clark is helping home cooks everywhere change their dinner game with her latest cookbook. Clark also comes to your ...

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Here’s How You Bake Bread Using the Heat of a Volcano

Source: Grub Street NY

Here you thought your three-day sourdough made with hand-harvested, house-milled heritage grain was hard core. Over in Iceland, Viktor Sveinsson makes Icelandic rye bread the traditional way: with help from his local volcano. To bake his bread, he hits up a local patch of sand where a hot spring heats …

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Love Sister Schubert’s Parker House rolls? Meet Sister in person

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Patricia "Sister Schubert" Barnes, famed for her dinner rolls, will be in Atlanta on Jan. 21.

Patricia “Sister Schubert” Barnes, famed for her dinner rolls, will be in Atlanta on Jan. 21.

Iconic Southern bread-maker Patricia Barnes, aka “Sister Schubert,” is back in Atlanta.

Barnes, known for her rolls that are found in frozen food cases in grocery stores across the country, will be on-hand at All Inspired Boutique in Johns Creek, Ga. on Thursday, Jan. 21 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. During this free “Evening with Sister Schubert,” Barnes will discuss how she went from selling bread at a church bazaar some 25 years ago to building the Sister Schubert’s brand that produces ...

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Hot new Happiest Little Baker creating memories for children and adults alike

Source: Dining Dish



Who can’t recall those moments in the kitchen with your mom, dad, meemaw or bubbie – one-on-one, laughing and smiling? 


Loving this new company called Happiest Little Baker; I call it memories in a box.  The gist is a subscription, though you can buy just one, pre-measured baking kits that are geared to children baking with an adult. Happiest Little Baker’s founder, Lindsey Maurath wanted to translate her happy memories of baking with her mother and grandmother into fond memories for others.

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Hot new Happiest Little Baker creating memories for children and adults alike

Source: Dining Dish



Who can’t recall those moments in the kitchen with your mom, dad, meemaw or bubbie – one-on-one, laughing and smiling? 


Loving this new company called Happiest Little Baker; I call it memories in a box.  The gist is a subscription, though you can buy just one, pre-measured baking kits that are geared to children baking with an adult. Happiest Little Baker’s founder, Lindsey Maurath wanted to translate her happy memories of baking with her mother and grandmother into fond memories for others.

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Hot new Happiest Little Baker creating memories for children and adults alike

Source: Dining Dish



Who can’t recall those moments in the kitchen with your mom, dad, meemaw or bubbie – one-on-one, laughing and smiling? 


Loving this new company called Happiest Little Baker; I call it memories in a box.  The gist is a subscription, though you can buy just one, pre-measured baking kits that are geared to children baking with an adult. Happiest Little Baker’s founder, Lindsey Maurath wanted to translate her happy memories of baking with her mother and grandmother into fond memories for others.

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Try these baking projects with your little ones for Mother’s Day

Source: Washington Post Food Section

Baking is a great way to introduce kids to the kitchen. What better time to do that than Mother’s Day weekend? And what better person to ask for tips than baker extraordinaire and cookbook author Dorie Greenspan?Read full article >>

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Five common baking hang-ups, and how to fix them

Source: Washington Post Food Section

Editor’s note: Our new twice-monthly columnist, Dorie Greenspan, answered reader questions about her new column, Everyday Dorie, and more last week. Here is an edited excerpt from that chat.[Just Ask Dorie: On her new WaPoFood column, Valentine’s Day baking, and more]Read full article >>

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Duff Goldman launches new television series Duff Till Dawn

Source: Dining Dish

Duff Till Dawn, a new cake competition show, from the Food Network will premiere Thursday, January 29th at 10:30easterm/9:30central. It will feature two professional cake decorators along with their assistants going for the win and bragging rights. The host of the Duff Till Dawn, none other than the Food Network’s pastry boy wonder, Duff Goldman of the successful Ace of Cakes series and owner of Charm City Cakes – Baltimore and Charm CityCakes West  – Los Angeles.  

The underground after hours competitions go to the wee hours at Duff’s bakery as competitors battle it out with their most creative, tastiest over the top decorating skills.  
“The one-of-a-kind Duff Goldman is the master of dazzling and astonishing cakes,” said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network. “In Duff Till Dawn, he tests the bakers on these same talents and abilities, as well as their ability to pull all-nighters.”

Competitors must amaze rotating judges Haylie Duff (Real Girl’s Kitchen), Elena Fox (Ace of Cakes), Carrie Keagan (Television Personality), Geof Manthorne (Ace of Cakes), Catherine McCord (Guy’s Grocery Games), Alysia Reiner (Actress), Kelis Rogers (Musician and Host of Holiday Feast with Kelis), Aarti Sequeiria (Aarti Party), Kevin Smith (Writer/Director) and Sherry Yard (Cutthroat Kitchen) with the boldest, tastiest and most impressive cakes for the chance to win bragging rights and the coveted golden whisk.

The Food Network reports that this is a six-episode series, each episode is themed from dream ships, outer space, magical fairy cakes and medieval manors. 

After graduating from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, with degrees in history and philosophy, Duff Goldman went on to study at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena, California. He worked at several acclaimed culinary destinations, including French Laundry, Vail Cascade Hotel and Todd English’s Olives before returning to Baltimore in 2000 to become a personal chef. In March 2002, he opened Charm City Cakes, and it soon became a household name on the hit Food Network show Ace of Cakes, which aired for 10 seasons.

Tune in for a sneak peek on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 11|10c before the series premiere on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 10:30|9:30c.

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Bread, Popular: In case you hadn’t noticed, the…

Source: Eater Philly

highstfacebook175.jpgIn case you hadn’t noticed, the quality of bread around here has grown by leaps and bounds over the past couple of years. (But how could you miss all the jokes and gripes about artisanal toast and non-complimentary bread baskets? Please, share your secrets!) The Inquirer‘s Sam Melamed rounds up some of the very best, sharing insights from the bread programs at the likes of Fork and Vetri, and teasing the bakery side of the forthcoming La Colombe flagship in Fishtown. [Philly.com]

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Disposable non-stick bakeware – did it work?

Source: Dining Dish


The folks from Chinet reached out to me to check out their new non-stick bakeware.  I was curious, so I agreed.  What arrived was Chinet’s non-stick bakeware but an idea for a holiday hostess gift for the bakers in your life.  A gift basket with a baking mix, Stonewall Kitchens Vanilla Bean Cheesecake bar mix, Loveless ...

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Holiday pie crisis, call Crisco’s Pie Hotline – sweet or savory

Source: Dining Dish


I don’t know about you but pie in the sky is more achievable than me making a real-life pie. I am not a great pie maker, and yes, I know there is ready made pie dough.  I want to achieve pie nirvana and I’m sure there are a number of you out there who have the same dream, creating the perfect pie.  Crisco’s pie hot line success over the past 7 years has led to them extending the hours this year.
Watch the video and read the full story HERE.

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Free baking classes from King Arthur Flour – Baltimore, Greenbelt and Fairfax, VA

Source: Dining Dish


For the baking challenged here is your chance for free baking classes from the folks at King Arthur Flour, America’s oldest flour company.  Perfect Pies & Savory Scones is one class and the second is Baking with Yeast & Whole Grains. 
King Arthur Flour will bring FREE traveling baking demonstrations to the Hilton Garden Inn White Marsh in Baltimore on Thursday, October 3
Get all the details and other two locations HERE

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