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Substituting Butter for Vegetable Shortening

Aretia asks: Is it safe to substitute butter for butter-flavored Crisco?

Baking S.O.S. says: Yes! You can substitute butter for butter-flavor Crisco. Your baked goods may spread more because butter contains more water, but they will taste better with butter, too!

White Pizza with Fresh Asparagus, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Caramelized Onions & Goat Cheese

I was asked to create a dish featuring asparagus for an upcoming event called Asparafest! I used my own favorite recipe for homemade pizza dough and enhanced a recipe I found on the Internet to come up with the following dish. It’s time-consuming, but unique and delicious. I can’t wait for the event to share […]

Buttermilk Pancake Recipe: Inspired by Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

I read a newspaper article recently about Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. In the article, a woman was attempting to make pancakes from scratch for the first time in her life. She didn’t know how to make pancakes that didn’t come from a box mix. Unfortunately, her experience represents that of most Americans.

I want to […]

How to Keep Sugar Cookies From Spreading

Cut-out sugar cookies

Andrea asks: I am looking for any tips or advice on sugar cookie cut-outs. Whenever I make these, the cookies spread so much in the oven that the shapes become puffy-looking. Is there anything I can do to keep the shapes cleaner?

Baking S.O.S. says: There are a number of […]

Biscotti help

Marcia asks: I just purchased a biscotti pan made by Chicago Metallic. It came with a recipe that I wasn’t crazy about: It used oatmeal and advised you to form a loaf and place it in the pan and bake for 25-30 minutes.

From going to different recipe sites for biscotti, some say to shape […]

My mom’s Corn Bread recipe

No, it’s not what you think. This is not the yellow stuff you make to go with chili and soup (mine comes out of a Jiffy box!). This is a delicious yeast-raised bread sweetened with honey. A childhood favorite my mom always made when I was growing up: perfect comfort food for the Winter season! […]

Recipe help: Chantilly Cream and Creme Anglaise

V. says: I love chocolate cake and vanilla ice cream. I have tried without success to come up with a vanilla frosting that taste very much like vanilla ice cream. I then thought about a vanilla mousse which is probably as close to vanilla ice cream as I probably will come. I have tried several […]

How Long to Whip Egg Yolks & Sugar for a Sponge Cake?

Jennifer asks: I have an old family recipe that states “beat egg yolks and sugar adding coffee mixture during the last 15 min.” How long should I be beating the egg yolks/sugar total? I believe this cake would be a sponge cake.

Baking S.O.S. says: That’s a really tricky question. Without reading the entire recipe, […]

Beet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

I belong to a CSA–community supported agriculture–where I purchase a “share” or a portion of the crops grown by a local farm. Organic, fresh vegetables and fruits are delivered to my door once a week, and it is always an exciting surprise to see what will be in my delivery each week. When beets arrived […]

Raspberry Cupcakes with White Chocolate Frosting

A friend requested raspberry recipes after she picked 7 pounds of fresh raspberries. I tested and loved this recipe, which I modified slightly from the original recipe by Elinor Klivans published in the “Washington Post” Food section (2001).

Raspberry Cupcakes with White Chocolate Frosting

Yield: 12 cupcakes