Baking & Desserts: Fresh Breads, Cakes, Cookies and More
Flaky Pie Crust Recipe
This basic flaky pie crust recipe is perfect for making all kinds of baked pies. You can double this recipe for pies with top and bottom crusts.
What is Gluten?
Gluten is formed from the proteins in wheat flour. Gluten is developed by adding water to flour and kneading, and it's what permits baked goods to rise.
Chocolate Pudding Recipe
This chocolate pudding recipe is easy to make and it's rich and smooth and creamy. You can easily modify the recipe to make vanilla pudding or butterscotch pudding.
How to Make Pizza
Making your own pizza isn't hard — you just need a few basic tools like a wooden pizza peel and a pizza stone. But once you start making your own pizzas, you may find that you want to make pizzas all the time.
Basic Pizza Dough Recipe
This basic pizza dough recipe is enough to make three small pizzas, and you can prepare it using a food processor or stand mixer. It's an easy pizza dough recipe.
Butterscotch Pudding Recipe
This butterscotch pudding is another easy variation on the basic pudding recipe. We make it with brown sugar, pure vanilla extract and whole butter.
How To Make Your Own Baking Powder
You can make your own baking powder by combining baking soda with cream of tartar. Find out the exact formula for making your own baking powder.
Brown Sugar Recipe
Here's a simple recipe for making your own brown sugar. You can really taste the molasses in the brown sugar when you make it yourself this way.
Cinnamon Sugar Recipe
Cinnamon sugar is used all the time in baking, and mixing up a batch is as easy as stirring. This recipe makes 2 cups of cinnamon sugar.
How to Cut Shortening or Butter Into Flour
What does it mean when a recipe says to "cut in shortening" or "cut in butter?" This illustrated tutorial explains, and shows you exactly how to do it.
How To Make Creme Brulee
Creme Brulee is one of the most elegant desserts around and also one of the simplest recipes. This tutorial will show you how to make Creme Brulee.
How To Caramelize Crème Brûlée - Part 2
It's the marvelous caramelized sugar on top of the crème brûlée that makes it such a classic. In part two of this tutorial, you'll learn how to caramelize a crème brûlée.
English Muffins Recipe
You can cook these tasty English muffins on a griddle or even a cast-iron skillet, and they're delicious, warm and yeasty, perfect for breakfast or brunch.
How to Make Biscuits
Homemade biscuits are easy to make if you know the right technique. Learn how to make perfect, flaky biscuits.
Easy Banana Bread
Banana bread lets you put overripe bananas, that would otherwise be destined for the garbage, to good use.
Buttermilk Corn Bread
For a delicious variation on the basic corn bread, try this buttermilk cornbread recipe.
Basic Corn Bread
This basic corn bread recipe is sweetened with honey and is a perfect accompaniment for soup or chili.
All About Butter
Butter is the most prized cooking fat because of its delicious flavor and rich, creamy mouth-feel. Learn all about butter and how to cook with it.
Simple Biscuits Recipe
This recipe for homemade biscuits is simple and easy. The key to making perfect biscuits is to make sure you don't overwork the dough.
All About Cream
Check out this overview of several different types of cream, including my personal favorite, clotted cream.
Baking Soda and Baking Powder: What's the Difference?
Are baking soda and baking powder the same thing? Find out what happens when you try to substitute baking soda for baking powder.
Creme Anglaise Recipe
This creme anglaise recipe is simple to make, with only eggs, milk, sugar and vanilla. Creme anglaise is a classic vanilla custard sauce.
Tips for Making the Perfect Cheesecake
Making cheesecake can be tricky, as it can sometimes crack, or turn out gummy or misshapen. Here are some tips to ensure a perfect cheesecake.
Creme Brulee Recipe
This classic creme brulee recipe is simple to make, with only eggs, cream and sugar. Try this easy creme brulee recipe.
How to Make Frosting
Buttercream frosting is one of the most simple kinds of frosting for cakes or cupcakes, and it's surprisingly easy to make.
New York Cheesecake Recipe
New York cheesecake should be rich, smooth and creamy with a dense, decadent consistency. The way we bake it ensures this New York cheesecake recipe turns out just right.