April 2010

Black Bean Brownies Recipe Remix

Black Bean Brownies Recipe Remix

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.

Recipe: Black Bean Brownies...

Deluxe Decorating Tip Set

Deluxe Decorating Tip Set

Ateco 55-piece Decorating Tip Set

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.)

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Introducing Our Hot New Baking Bloggers

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!

Celine
"Biking and baking fool who writes cookbooks and has a penchant for all things vegan."
Her blog: Have Cake, Will Travel

Heather
"Inspired baker, vintage cookbook collector and dessert artist."
Her blog: Sprinkle Bakes

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

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Chrysanthemum Cupcakes

Chrysanthemum Cupcakes

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.

Story and Recipes: Buttercream in Bloom

Traditional British Pudding

Pudding Trio

If you love super moist and delicious cake then you'll love this traditional British steamed pudding.  Learn how one simple batter can be made into a variety of flavors!

Recipe: Traditional British Pudding

Cocoa Squares with Himalayan Salted Ganache

Cocoa Squares with Himalayan Salted Ganache

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.

Recipe: Cocoa Squares with Himalayan Salted Ganache, Candied Ginger and Chocolate Curls

Big Beautiful Bamboo Spoon

Big Beautiful Bamboo Spoon

Totally Bamboo 16-Inch Big Spoon

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.

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Olive-Rosemary Bread

Olive-Rosemary Bread

This beautiful easy-to-bake focaccia-like bread incorporates the classic Mediterranean combo of rosemary and black olives, along with healthy whole grain spelt flour.

Recipe: Olive-Rosemary Bread

Traditional Chinese Mooncake Molds

Traditional Chinese Mooncake Mold

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.

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Traditional Baked Mooncakes 中秋月饼

Traditional Baked Mooncakes 中秋月饼

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.

Recipe: Traditional Baked Mooncake 中秋月饼

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