Have you ever seen those beautifully decorated royal icing cookies and thought to yourself “how do they do that?!” Royal icing cookies can be intricate and detailed, which can make them intimidating. However, with just a few techniques anyone can make gorgeous cookies! The Wilton School offers a Cookies 101 class that will teach anyone – beginners or advanced decorators – how to use these techniques. I recently took this class and would love to share with you what I learned.
Archive for January, 2017
Which of these would be the perfect finishing touch to any dessert? Find out what your sprinkle style says about you, and shop your sprinkle style here!
It’s all about attention to detail for you, especially when it comes to decorating. When you add a few dashes of these colorful nonpareils, it makes your baked creations even more beautiful. You take pride in your work and love being complimented on a job well done. Being a little bit of a perfectionist is what makes you so good at whatever you do.
“Shimmy Me with Jimmies!”
Be it rainbow or traditional chocolate sprinkles, if jimmies are your favorite, chances are you’re a creature of comfort. You don’t like fussing around with a bunch of tools and ingredients…a simple cake with a dash of sprinkles will do just fine! For you, decorating should be easy, breezy, lemon squeezy!
Happy New Year! Out with the old, in with the new – and that goes for your bakeware, too. Worn out and beat up bakeware can lead to burnt cookies and uneven baking, among other issues. Here’s when it’s time to replace your bakeware:
- Scratching: If your non-stick pan is badly scratched, it may still be usable; although it will not be as non-stick. If the coating is scratched to the point that it is actually chipping or peeling off, then it’s time to replace.
- Warping: If your pan is warped – bent or twisted out of shape – pick up a new one. Warping can when pans are exposed to high heat. You may hear a popping sound from your oven as the molecules in the pan expand due to the heat. This is normal, but some thinner materials may not recover from the stress. Avoid moving pans from one temperature extreme to another – for example, don’t take a hot pan from the oven and run it under cool water.
- Build-up: Are you finding your muffin pans, loaf pans or other bakeware have residue caked on them? Over time, oils and other materials can build up on your bakeware. If your build-up goes beyond some slight staining, it’s time to toss them.