Just the Recipe: Angel Food Cake

Just the Recipe: Angel Food Cake

If you want to create pure baking magic, and have an air-raising experience, make an angel food cake. Air, and air alone raises it to cloud-like puffiness. How to manage that? Read on to find out!

Just the Recipe: Chocolate Pecan Meringues

Just the Recipe: Chocolate Pecan Meringues

The original posting of this recipe has a funny baking story from Greg’s childhood. But, if you are looking for just the recipe, here it is! (The original is linked on the page.)

Maida Heatter and the Half-Blood Prince

Maida Heatter and the Half-Blood Prince

Failure in a Maida Heatter recipe? Highly unusual. So I wrote Maida, telling her my woes, and she wrote back very sympathetically but said she couldn’t help me at all because she has never lived at high altitude. Missoula, Montana, where I live, is 3,400 feet above sea level.

Fresh Strawberry Soufflé

Fresh Strawberry Soufflé

A soufflé is pure drama.  And it’s one of the proudest achievements of any baker.  The oohs and ahs you’ll get alone will make your spirits soar.  Not to mention the joy of eating your creation. So please believe me when I tell you that…

Lemon Curd

Lemon Curd

What’s in a name?  How unfortunate that lemon curd is saddled with its. Curd suggests a texture of cottage cheese, doesn’t it? But lemon curd, made from lemons, sugar, butter, and sugar, is silky smooth and creamy and completely non-curdy.  It’s an ideal mate for…

Baking Tip: Whipping Egg Whites with a Flat Wire Whip

Baking Tip: Whipping Egg Whites with a Flat Wire Whip

When whipping whites you can do the job by hand with a wire whip or with an electric mixer. For angel food cake, which uses about 14 egg whites, either elbow grease or electricity accomplish the task in minutes. When I posted my recipe and…

Recipe and Tips: Angel Food Cake

Recipe and Tips: Angel Food Cake

If you want to create pure baking magic, and have an air-raising experience, make an angel food cake.  Air, and air alone raises it to cloud-like puffiness. How to manage that?  Read on to find out!

Chocolate Pecan Meringues: A Special Kiss

Chocolate Pecan Meringues: A Special Kiss

Meringues have always fascinated me. What a stunning notion that you can beat air and sugar into a viscous mass of gloppy egg whites and transform it into a billowy white stiffness that bakes into something crunchy yet chewy.

Ingredient Feature: The Miraculous Egg

Ingredient Feature: The Miraculous Egg

The chicken egg is an amazing invention of nature.  It has an appealing ovoid shape and comes in all sorts of colors depending on the breed. And aside from its original purpose as a self-contained chamber for the development and nourishment of an embryo, its…

Mildred Knopf’s Orange Puff Cake

Mildred Knopf’s Orange Puff Cake

Then I thought, Why on earth wouldn’t a mixer work? It does a great job with angel food cake and sponge cakes, why not this cake?  Why did it not work for me the time I tried it?