Kaylene asks: We made brownies tonight. The recipe calls for margarine, cocoa, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and flour. The only thing I did different was I used “I can’t believe it’s not butter”. It had a very strong metallic taste. We thought maybe the whisk we used was rusted so we dumped the whole thing and [...]
Last week, I taught two baking classes: How to make pie from scratch with the theme: “New Twists on Thanksgiving Favorites.” I chose to make Pumpkin Pie and Pecan Pie because those are MY two favorite pies for Thanksgiving.
Creating a new twist on Pecan Pie was easy: pecan pie always tastes better with chocolate [...]
Becky asks: During the holidays I played around with white chocolate to make a variety of flavored barks. One thing that I ALWAYS had problems with was after melting my white chocolate, when I added my flavoring/extract, it always seized. I rescued it with butter, but I’ve read where so many other people were able [...]
Julie says: I have my husband’s family recipe for an Irish potato cake. My husband’s sister makes one every year for him. I can’t eat it; it’s just too dry. What makes a cake moist? It’s a good cake, just too dry!
Baking S.O.S. says: Thanks for this very intriguing question, Julie, and just in [...]
Erica asks: Does it make any difference if I use salted butter when it says unsalted? Is it just a flavor thing? My husband picked up the wrong kind, and I’d like to just use what I’ve got if it won’t ruin everything!
Baking S.O.S says: It is preferable to use unsalted butter in [...]
Beth asks: I love to bake, but mostly stick to the basics. On occasion, I want to try a recipe that calls for bread flour or self-rising flour. Is there something I can add to all-purpose flour as a substitute?
Baking S.O.S. says: You CAN substitute all-purpose flour for self-rising flour with the following adjustments: [...]
This year, I will again be making my traditional dark chocolate truffles for Valentine’s Day. They come in 2 varieties: rolled in bittersweet chocolate cocoa (the traditional method) or rolled in finely chopped and toasted almonds.
Dark Chocolate Truffles
A gift box of 1 dozen truffles costs $12.00.
I am also offering a new [...]