Baking Blog

Enliven Your Bread Basket: Creative Yeast Bread Recipes

By Jessie Oleson Moore
Rustic Bread

If you want to liven up your bread basket, you're going to need a new homemade yeast recipe or two. From pumpkin shaped rolls to light-as-air bread with a rich butter flavor to even some reindeer-themed mini breads, this is a collection bound to inspire some serious carb-o-loading.

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Homemade Holiday Cookies: An Easy Gingerbread Recipe

By Ashley Rodriguez
Iced gingerbread snowflake cookie

The holidays were made for cookies and I am thrilled to kick off the Craftsy's holiday cookie series. Every Sunday from now until Christmas, we will be sharing some of our favorite Christmas cookie recipes. Some are classics and others are sure to become instant classics. We are starting this sweet series with gingerbread cookies. This one is particularly easy, heady with spice, and perfect for rolling out and cutting into little men or making towering walls for a house.

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Veg Out: A Beginner’s Guide to Veganizing Baking Recipes

By Jessie Oleson Moore
Illustrated Cupcake Holding a Whisk

Replicating all of the ingredient processes and not sacrificing flavor may seem daunting to the vegan baker, but it need not be. These days, just about any recipe can be veganized quite easily. Here are some tricks and tips to get you started, organized by common baking ingredients.

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Sweet Sunday: An Easy Recipe for Making Pecan Pie

By Jessie Oleson Moore
Pecan PieThere's nothing like making pecan pie in the fall. Delightfully decadent and rich, it's the ultimate comforting cold-weather dessert. Learning how to make pecan pie, therefore, is an investment in your time that will pay back with dividends, ensuring that you've got a crowd-pleaser of a dessert recipe all through the holidays. Read more »

Food Lover Friday: Let’s Get Knotty — Making Pretzels at Home

By Jessie Oleson Moore
Baked PretzelDoes the idea of making pretzels at home tie you up in knots? Well, fear not, because while it looks complicated, it's actually quite an easy form of bread making. With a simple dough that comes together in minutes, the rest of the process resembles that of making bagels at home: shape, boil, bake, snack. Read more »

Sweet Sunday: Making Pumpkin Pie Two Easy Ways

By Jessie Oleson Moore
Pumpkin PieMaking pumpkin pie is a quintessential fall baking experience. This earthy, comforting, spice-infused pie is the perfect intersection of mellow pumpkin and rich custard, served in a flaky crust. A cozier late-autumn treat would be hard to imagine. Here are two easy and delicious ways to prepare this tasty dessert. Read more »

Cake Inc: Promote Your Baking Business on Twitter

By Jessie Oleson Moore
Illustrated Cupcake and Tweeting BirdsSocial media is a fantastic way to engage with your audience and promote your baking business. But how can you do it effectively? How do you gain followers, lure customers, and ultimately increase your business? Here are a few tips on how to promote your baking business on twitter. Read more »

Baking Powder vs. Baking Soda: Is There Just One Winner?

By Jessie Oleson Moore
Baking Powder and Baking SodaWhat's the difference between baking soda and baking powder? They both sound alike, they're both white powdery substances, and they're both used in baking cookies and cakes. In fact, their roles are even aligned in baking: they are both leavening agents. So why have both? As it turns out, they are activated and work in different ways--so their roles are distinct in helping you attain delicious and perfectly textured results. Find out more here, because you can't decorate a cake if it doesn't bake properly! Read more »

Fall Ins-PIE-ration: A Dazzling Array of Autumn Pie Recipes

By Jessie Oleson Moore
Baked Apple PieCool weather calls for cozy food, and nothing satisfies quite like perfect autumn pie recipes. Warm, buttery pie crust paired with any number of fillings, from baked apples and creamy pumpkin to cranberry-pecan and creamy pomegranate, is comfort food at its very best. Read more »