Everyday Baking Blog at Allrecipes.com (2/2009)

Everyday Baking

 
Feb. 11, 2009 3:11 pm 
Updated: Feb. 26, 2009 4:13 pm
      I made cookie valentines to send to my nephews across the country. Decorating cookies makes me happy. Yes, it can be an ordeal, and yes, it always takes longer than I plan for, but personalized cookies make such great gifts. And when I'm making them for people I… MORE
Filling a piping bag
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Test it: let the icing drip back into the bowl, forming a ribbon that slowly sinks into the surface.
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Spreading icing with an off-set palette knife is one way to cover a cookie.
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"Flooding" a cookie with icing is another method. A rim has been piped around the cookie's border.
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Feb. 1, 2009 8:56 pm 
Updated: Oct. 30, 2009 5:18 am
      Well, it's a little embarrassing to admit, but not everything I bake turns out beautifully. Every once in a while I forget to add baking powder to cornbread. This weekend I baked an exceedingly unlovely coffeecake. Let me qualify this by saying that it was… MORE
It doesn't look too bad, does it?
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Cracked Coffeecake
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What a mess! Cheese & berry filling sank to the bottom. The still-raw center is oozing, too.
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FrancesC

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Sep. 2006

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Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Dessert, Gourmet

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About Me
I am thrilled to be able to combine my love of the written word with my passion for food in my job at Allrecipes.com. I have a background in publishing and in the food service industry, both "front of the house" and back. I graduated from the Culinary Institute of America's Baking & Pastry program and have worked as a baker and pastry cook in Wisconsin, for a season at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, and at bakeries in Seattle.
My favorite things to cook
My baking career really began when I was in first grade and my family was living in Germany. Every morning my father and I would walk to the local bakery for bread and an afternoon treat, like Apfelkuchen. I love dark sour breads, baking anything with yeast in it, and anything that requires hours of patient work, like croissant and Danish doughs.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Food we ate while camping. Animal pancakes. My mom's meatloaf. My grandfather's breakfasts.
My cooking triumphs
I think a baker's real triumph is getting to work at 4 am, day in and day out, so that there are beautiful pastries and loaves of bread on display when the bakery opens three hours later. A personal triumph was making my own wedding cake.
My cooking tragedies
Heavens! Too shameful to list: all that wasted dough, those burnt nuts, spilled milk to cry over....
 
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