Chef Johnson and his baking tips

Cooks v. Bakers, Cupcakes v. Macarons and More: Joshua Johnson of The French Pastry School, Chicago Shares Insights

Recently, Joshua Johnson joined world-renowned pastry chefs Sebastien Canonne, Jacquy Pfeiffer, En-Ming Hsu, and others on staff of The French Pastry School in Chicago. Chatting with Chef Johnson covered a wide range of topics from macarons’ “feet”, to experimentation and tradition and whether cupcakes have jumped the shark. He also shared a traditional Alsatian holiday …

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Introduction of Erin Bolger’s New Cookbook

The Happy Baker Cookbook: Erin Bolger Writes Book on Baking for Emotional Bakers

On a sunny summer’s day, Erin Bolger arrives with a little paper bag full of goodies- the highlight of which is her first book, The Happy Baker- A Dater’s Guide to Emotional Baking. Slick, gorgeous-looking and chock full of drool-worthy recipes, The Happy Baker is any home baker’s excuse to crack out the mixing bowls …

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Home Candy Making

Home Candy Making

The Most Decadent Candy Truffles are named for, well, truffles, which are a fungus prized for its deep taste and color. Real truffles grow at the base of oak trees in areas of France and Italy, as well as in the United States. They are very expensive, usually hundreds of dollars per pound, and used …

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Baking Tips for Picnic

Baking Tips for Picnic

Bake these delicious rolls for picnic sandwiches I love whole wheat bread and rolls, if for no other reason than they hold their shape and keep their consistency when piled with lots of yummy sandwich and panini fillings. They also taste better to me; my mother always bought only whole grain rolls and bread, so …

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The Most Delicious Caramel Bars

The Most Delicious Caramel Bars

Delicious Five Ingredient Bar Cookies If you’ve never tried refrigerated cookie dough, you’re missing out on something! The cookies all by themselves are really excellent, and the dough is a fabulous ingredient to make baking quick and easy. Other great shortcut ingredients include the caramel apple dip that you can find near the apples in …

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