Baking Blog

How to Make Gooey Butter Cake: Unlike Anything Else!

By Jessie Oleson Moore
Gooey Butter CakeGooey Butter Cake: every part of this sweet treat’s name sounds just so right. Perhaps calling it a cake, however, is a bit misleading, since it's a layered affair with a cakey crust and soft, buttery filling that's baked in a shallow pan, then cut into squares, more like lemon bars or brownies. While the finished product may resemble a lemon bar, it is a very different taste experience: a buttery, tangy, gooey, almost cake batter-esque flavor that is unlike anything else you've ever experienced. Learn how to make it here! Read more »

Food Lover Friday: How to Make Flavorful Homemade Bagels

By Jessie Oleson Moore
Homemade BagelsThis recipe will not only reveal how to make homemade bagels, but will yield a wonderful result. The finished bagels are wonderful in their simplicity: chewy but not tough, flavorful owing to a bread starter which adds a well-rounded flavor, and assertively but not overpoweringly dense. Plus, when they're your own bagels, you can top them with whatever you'd like! Read more »

Works of Tart: 10 Tart Recipes, Sweet & Savory

By Jessie Oleson Moore
Tart RecipesFirst things first: let's not confuse tarts with pies! While the pastries are certainly related, and often share flavors, they are not the same thing. Here, I'll provide you with a better understanding of tarts, and ten amazing recipes to inspire you to start your own baking adventure: five sweet, and five savory. Read more »

Savory Saturday: 2 Recipes for Making Croutons at Home

By Jessie Oleson Moore
CroutonsCroutons: they're a little but powerful garnish, with the ability to make salads sing, upgrade soup from snack to hearty meal, or add a welcome crunch to casseroles. They're also a fantastic way to use up stale bread, which gives them a similarity in function if not form to such dishes as French toast or bread pudding. But best of all, they're extremely easy to make, and they keep beautifully, so you could bake up a half loaf or more bread and have croutons for weeks to come. Here, enjoy a primer on croutons, including two ways to make them and some ideas so you can explore the virtually limitless flavor variations. Read more »

Sweet Sunday: 20 Creative Doughnut Flavors

By Jessie Oleson Moore
Creative DoughnutsDoughnut worry...be happy! It’s certainly easy to keep smile on your face when you’ve got a doughnut in your hand. But what type of doughnut do you favor? In recent years, all sorts of creative interpretations of the doughnut have appeared in recipes in books, blogs, and in retail stores. Ranging from the use of unusual flavors such as bacon or even spam in doughnuts to interesting uses for the holey treats such as using them for French toast or even ice cream sandwiches, it seems that doughnuts are the medium of choice for creative chefs. Read more »
How to make doughnuts at home: A free step-by-step tutorial

How to Make Doughnuts at Home

By Jessie Oleson Moore

Homemade doughnuts are fun to make and extremely fun to decorate! Let's start frying — this recipe is certainly worth treating yourself to.Read more »

Not Just Pie in the Sky: How to Make a Basic Pie Crust

By Jessie Oleson Moore
Homemade Pie Crust For some reason, people fear pie crust. Maybe that's because of all of the rules in the recipes. But really, rules aside, pie crust is a fairly simple thing to make. True, to hone it to an art may take time and require some trial and error, but really, doesn't just about anything worthwhile? Read more »

The Secret Is Science: How to Make Cake in a Mug in the Microwave

By Jessie Oleson Moore
Microwavable Cake in a MugMicrowaves aren't just for torturing Peeps anymore! Here's a quick-fix dessert that doesn't taste like desperation: cake prepared in a mug, in the microwave. With a consistency something like a steamed pudding, this recipe with vanilla and chocolate variations might not rival a fancy French gâteau in sophistication, but nonetheless hold its own as an easy yet tasty dessert. Read more »

Taste of Summer: How to Make Peach Pie

By Jessie Oleson Moore
Fresh Baked Peach PieThe taste of a fresh peach in the summertime is truly an inimitable experience: a sun-warmed, fuzzy exterior yielding to reveal a juicy and subtly sweet flavor. During their peak season (July and August), peaches proliferate in stores and on roadside stands, beckoning us to snack...or better yet, to bake. Pie is a perfect way to bake peaches in a way that allows their unique sweetness to shine. Did you know August is National Peach Month? Let's celebrate with this mouthwatering recipe for juicy, fresh peach pie! Read more »