When I first heard about black bean brownies, I was intrigued by the concept of a brownie made with healthy fiber and protein-rich black beans and chocolate. These were my first black bean brownies, adapted from this popular recipe. The result was both delicious and unexpected.
If you've ever dreamed of being able to decorate your baked goods like a pro, with fancy flowers, swirling scripts and spectacular star-bursts, this comprehensive set of decorating tips from Ateco will help make your dreams come true. (Of course a little practice will help too!) Comes with 52 high-quality stainless steel tips, including writing, star, leaf, rose, grass, and basket weave tubes, a coupler, and 2 flower nails. A handy box keeps everything neat and tidy. (Note, you might also need a good pastry bag. Cook's Illustrated recommends the 18" version.)
Things are heating up here at Baking is Hot, and not just because it's already summer where we live. We've just invited a handful of super-talented baking bloggers to be a part of the growing Baking is Hot team. We're thrilled to now have a diverse mix of talent from around the world posting fresh pics to the site. Everyday I'm delighted to see the beautiful and delicious baked goods that they share with us all - I think we're all very fortunate to have them here. Welcome and thank you Celine, Heather, Steph and Tessa!
Steph "Engineer by day, dessert obsessed baker by night on a constant sugar high, loves whipping up sugary treats that are sometimes cute & sometimes crazy but always tasty." Her blog: Raspberri Cupcakes
Tessa "College student turned culinary student with a love of mostly healthy but sometimes indulgent baked treats." Her blog: Handle the Heat
Elissa of 17 and Baking makes these jaw-dropping gorgeous chocolate cupcakes filled with lemon curd and topped with beautiful buttercream chrysanthemum flowers. She shares everything you need to know to make some Chrysanthemum Cupcakes for yourself.
It's hard to resist anything that combines something salty and something sweet, but if you throw chocolate into the mix, then you might as well stick a fork in me because I'm done. On second thought, stick a fork in the cake: it'll be less painful for me and more delicious for you.
Looking to mix a big bowl of batter? Check out this 16-inch jumbo spoon made of eco-friendly renewable organic Moso bamboo. Light and strong, bamboo is naturally anti-microbial and harder than maple. With proper care this spoon will last for years.
Authentic Chinese baking and pastry cake mold - single round moon cake mold
If you're going to make traditional mooncakes, you're going to need a mold. I was excited to find some really beautiful Chinese mooncake molds on Amazon. This authentic Chinese baking and pastry cake mold (above) is gorgeous, and according to a couple of folks who own it, it's exquisitely crafted with a lacquer finish to help release your cakes. There are also 3-in-1 molds that each have 3 different delightful designs, and come in either round or square forms.
I've always been a fan of mooncakes. I would get them from Chinese bakeries, marvel at their beauty and enjoy the variety of delectable fillings they came with. Anncoo demystifies these treats by sharing the surprisingly simple recipe for these beautiful lotus filled mooncakes.