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Share this…PrintPinterestemailFacebookTwitterLinkedinI can’t resist a baking challenge and ever since I saw this on GBBO last year I knew I had to devote a weekend to it. (Turned out to be two weekends). Actually when I saw this episode my first thought was “Oh this could be as excruciatingly painful and blissfully rewarding as macarons….

Pie Crust

Share this…PrintPinterestemailFacebookTwitterLinkedinWe went blueberry picking recently and got a ton of blueberries.  So we made blueberry muffins and blueberry pie — a family favorite.  We like blueberries so much that I once tried to plant several bushes in my yard but it was a constant struggle with the wildlife.  I would watch out my window…

Whole Wheat English Muffins in Your Bread Machine

Share this…PrintPinterestemailFacebookTwitterLinkedinEnglish muffins practically make themselves.  And if you have a bread machine, its even easier because you can do other things while the dough gets kneaded and goes through its first proof.  We got this bread machine about a year ago and I have not bought supermarket bread since then.  It is so easy…

How to Shape a Bastard of a Bread

Share this…PrintPinterestemailFacebookTwitterLinkedinUpdated: 4/13/18 That got your attention, right?  But I didn’t give it that unfortunate moniker, the French did (of course).  Only the French would come up with a name like that for a baked good.  The batard (Eng: bastard) got its name because it is not quite a baguette and not quite a boule….

Vegan Apple Pie

Share this…PrintPinterestemailFacebookTwitterLinkedinIt took me a long time to learn how to make my own pie crust.  It was very frustrating trying different recipes — all promising to be “perfect” and “fool-proof.” I tried vodka, apple cider vinegar, rolling it between parchment paper, pressing it in, you name it.  Then I learned that the trick was…