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How to Make Pie Crust

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

8-31 How to Make Pie Crust

Pie dough freaks some people out, but when you have the right ratios of fat to flour and know how much to mix it, there’s nothing to fear. It’s quite simple, really!

Here is everything you’ll need to make perfect pie crust:

Cold butter, cold shortening, flour, salt, and water. That’s it!

I like to use a mixture of butter and vegetable shortening in my pie dough.  Why? It’s similar to Wilton’s Buttercream Icing recipe which uses a combination of these 2 fats for delicious flavor with added stability against melting. The butter in my pie dough is going to give amazing flavor to my crust, but it melts at a lower temperature than shortening. The shortening will help with the flakiness of my crust because it will take longer to melt in the oven. The longer the melting takes, the more steam the fat will give off, and that steam is what pushes the dough apart, leaving behind flaky layers of pastry. So good!

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Winning Recipes and Decorating Ideas at Walloping Teaspoon

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

I started my own baking YouTube channel, and I’m having a blast!

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Essential Buttercream Tools

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Buttercream is a classic when it comes to cake decorating, as it is soft and spreadable with a flavor most everyone loves. While there are many tools available to help you work with buttercream, here are some we consider essential.

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Treat Mom to a Tropical Getaway – in Cupcake Form!

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

I went to pastry school to learn the science of baking, but my true education came from my former boss, Milette Raz, at my first bakery job. When Milette hired me, I was hired as a cake decorator. Other people at the bakery did the actual baking, and then we finished off cakes, cookies and cupcakes. At the time, I was far more into the baking aspect of things, but this was my first job offer in the field and I was eager to learn, so I jumped right in. Milette was wildly creative, talented, patient, and caring. She taught me everything I know about cake decorating and cake design and how to work with different mediums like icing, chocolate, and fondant. Coincidentally, she is trained through the Wilton Method of Cake Decorating, having attended The Master Class at The Wilton School of Cake Decorating and Confectionary Art many years before.

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3 Spring Color Trends

Monday, April 13th, 2015

One of my favorite parts of spring is the return of color. After the holidays, winter is muted and neutral, filled with charcoal and heather gray, black, and brown. When bits of color start showing up, whether they’re plants popping through the cold or in peoples’ warmer weather outfits, it’s an instant mood lifter. (more…)

2015 Baking & Decorating Trends

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

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Spritzing Up Your Holiday Baking Routine

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

We all have tried and true recipes in our repertoire. You know what I mean – those staples you’ve made more than once, and turn out perfect every time. For me, spritz cookies are one of those recipes. Every Christmas, I press out a batch to add to cookie trays or to give as small gifts. (more…)

5 Ways to Use Parchment

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Parchment paper is a work horse in the kitchen, and it can make your holiday baking cleaner, easier, and more fun than ever before. Check out all the ways you can use it!
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4 Easy Tips for Baking with Alcohol

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

I love spiking sweet treats. Liquors, beers, wine and other kinds of alcohol bring a breadth of new flavors to baking, and it makes for a great conversation piece at parties. Here are some tips and tricks to baking with vodka.
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Use the Inlay Cake Design Technique to Create a Beautiful Sponge Cake Roll

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Whether you refer to the technique as Japanese cake roll or joconde imprime, this easy technique of inlaying designs in a thin layer of sponge cake batter is taking the baking world by storm. Let me show you how easy it is to create a beautiful, decorated cake roll with a technique called inlay cake design. I’ll walk you through it step-by-step in this video. (more…)