Kitchen Hints and Tips

To "age" candied fruit fast for baking fruit cakes, muffins, cookies, breads, etc., microwave 1/4 cup brandy or any liqueur in a 1-quart bowl on HIGH for 30 seconds. Stir in 1 cup candied fruit or raisins and heat on HIGH for 2 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed.

Baking Pans


Baking Powder


Breads and Rolls



Top five cheesecake rules

  1. Have all ingredients at room temperature for maximum mixability.
  2. Cool the crust thoroughly before adding filling.
  3. Wrap your pan in aluminum foil to prevent water seepage if using a water bath.
  4. Chill your cheesecake at least overnight before serving it.
  5. Slice cheesecake before putting it on your cake stand.
  6. When using a cookie crust recipe in the springform pan, bake the bottom crust first, then add the side crust and filling and bake the whole cake. An easy way to pat the dough up the sides of the pan is to remove the bottom of the pan.
  7. After removing a cheesecake from the oven, keep it away from drafts and cold places while it cools. Too sudden a temperature change can cause the top of the cheesecake to crack.


Cream Puffs and Eclairs

Cupcakes and Muffins



High Altitude - General Tips for Adapting Sea Level Pastry Recipes to Altitudes Above 3,000 feet:


Oven Temperature and Baking Times

Pastry Bags

Phyllo Dough



Vanilla Extract

Yeast Dough

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