Patty's blog

Hot Times

Hello lovely bakers! A little update for you all on where things are at here at Baking is Hot.

After a summer "vacation" for the site, we realized we're just to busy with life and work to keep accepting more submissions. Baking is Hot got so popular that we were having a hard time keeping up. We really enjoyed showcasing your goods, picking seasonal fav's, posting fun polls, promoting healthy baked goods, hosting awesome giveaways - and getting to know you! Baking bloggers are the sweetest.

So instead of taking down the site, we're keeping it up - as there's a TON of wonderful baking inspiration that we'd like to keep up for everyone to enjoy. We're also keeping the homepage fresh every day, by showcasing some of the best seasonal pics and links. We've also added Google ads to the site hoping they'll cover the cost of keeping the site up - wish us luck. :)

Will we ever start accepting submissions again? If an angel investor wants to keep things going, or a great baking company wants to sponsor the site or take over, then yes!

But for now we need to focus our design studio.

So please continue enjoying Baking is Hot, we know we will!

And if you miss us, drop us a line, we'd love to hear from you.

xo Patty and Crispin

Summer Vacation

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Summer's officially here in the tropics, and we've decided to give Baking is Hot a much needed vacation. After featuring almost 2000 beautiful baked goods, we need a little break from running the site, so we're not accepting submissions right now. We're definitely going to be doing some hot summer baking and visiting Baking is Hot for inspiration however - and we hope you will too!

We're also planning to update the site over the summer to make it fresher, more fun, and more interactive. We're really excited about the changes and we think they'll make the site even better.

Still we'll miss you, and if you miss us too feel free to contact us, say hi or send us a suggestion.

See you in the fall. :)

xo Patty and Crispin

Mexican Sourdough

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For the last several months I've been busy making dough… sourdough! I love it. It's so old school, tactile, physical, chemical, biological, nutritious, delicious... And it may seem very technical at first, but once you figure out what works for you, it can be a fun creative free-style type of baking. It requires no fancy equipment, or special ingredients - and kneading dough is a great way to relieve stress. :)

Healthy and usually vegan, sourdough can be made with wheat flour, rye flour, gluten-free flour...

Gorgeous Le Creuset Casserole Winner!

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The winner of our Gorgeous Le Creuset Casserole giveaway, is comment #61!

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Congratulations Kristy from Casual Dish! :)

Thank you to everyone who entered! We especially want to thank everyone for their awesome comments - we loved hearing about all the hearty savory AND sweet dishes, from homemade mac 'n' cheese to sweet fruit cobblers - yum! Thank you all for "liking" us, tweeting about the contest, subscribing to our RSS feed, and generally spreading the word. And of course, a big "Thank you!" to CSN Stores for sponsoring another awesome giveaway!

xo, Patty & Crispin

Win a Gorgeous Le Creuset Casserole!

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We're having another awesome giveaway to celebrate our 1-year anniversary! Also, to celebrate Valentine's Day and warm cozy winter baking. The super folks at CSN Stores are sponsoring this fun giveaway (they sell everything from backyard swing sets to beautiful bakeware) - thanks guys!

As you may already know, we love Le Creuset. And we really love this gorgeous versatile cherry red casserole pan with lid. Lids rock. So we're giving one away to one lucky baker!

The giveaway is now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered!

To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment telling us what you would bake in this lovely casserole.

We'll keep the comments open until Thursday February 24th, 9 PM EST, and email the winner (chosen randomly) on Friday February 25th. The winner will have until 9PM EST on Sunday February 27th to get back to us to claim their prize. If we have not heard from you by then, another winner will be chosen at random.

This giveaway is open to USA residents only.

Bonus Entries:

2. Follow @BakingIsHot on Twitter, and (re)tweet this: "RT @BakingisHot Win a Gorgeous Le Creuset Casserole! http://bit.ly/hyAOlS"

Then come back here and leave a *separate* comment letting us know you tweeted.

3. "Like" our fanpage on Facebook, then come back here and leave a *separate* comment letting us know you've done so.

4. Sign up for our RSS feed, then come back here and leave a *separate* comment letting us know you've done so.

Good luck and thanks for all your love and encouragement during our first year! :D

Alice in Wonderland Cake

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Oh my ears and whiskers - this whimsical cake by Bernadette is a masterpiece! "Five layers of white cake with fresh strawberry filling. Frosted in vanilla buttercream and covered in fondant. Gum paste tea cup and saucer with gum paste fantasy flowers. Wafer paper (rice paper) Wonderland characters around the sides of the cake along with white chocolate playing cards."

Chocolate Toffee Crunch Cookies

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These delectable cookies are quick and easy to make, and "combine the winning combination of chocolate, toffee, oatmeal and coconut all in a delicious cookie." Yum!

Grain-Free Lemon Coconut Cut-out Cookies

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"Crispy on the outside and chewy in the middle, these sweet lemony cookies are naturally sweetened and lovely. Grain-free and gluten-free, they feature a mix of high protein and high fiber flours.  They are also vegan, featuring coconut oil instead of butter."

If Kim opened a bakery, I'd be there EVERY day. :)

Crumb Cake Muffins

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Kelsey celebrates her 1 year blog anniversary by sharing these spice-kissed not-too-sweet crumble-topped muffins - a healthy and delicious breakfast treat. Happy anniversary Kelsey!

Peanut Butter & Jam Heart Cookies

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In anticipation of Valentine's Day, Lillian bakes these adorable Martha Stewart peanut butter cookies with a sweet heart of raspberry jam. I think these delightful treats are really perfect anytime of the year!