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  • Seasonal pumpkin ale holds the key to moist and savory pumpkin bread.

    Pumpkin ale makes quick bread more savory Oct 29, 2012 12:00 AM
    Pumpkin can bring more to the fall dessert table than a standard custard pie or overly sweet cake, yet most bakers view this humble squash as a non-contender in the ingredient arena and overlook the culinary possibilities. Admittedly, plain pumpkin purée lacks that spark needed to ignite on our taste buds. But underneath its rough exterior and well, those pesky seeds, hides an ingredient bursting with potential.

  • Butter and orange-flavoring make this frosting a good fit for after-school cupcakes or a tiered wedding cake.

    Baking secrets: Butter makes frosting betterSep 18, 2012 12:00 AM
    Most wedding bakers spend the bulk of their time focused upon design and decor for the cake. Understandable, but this approach misses a unique opportunity to capture attention and ignite anticipation through the most powerful of human senses: our keen sense of smell. For a wedding cake I made for my niece this summer, I set out to design a frosting that would create an enticing aroma that would elevate the typical wedding cake experience.

  • Give the oven, and yourself, a break and serve Peach Brulee Ice Cream Pie to guests this summer.

    Warming up to ice cream pies Jul 23, 2012 12:00 AM
    Organizing the sweet course for a recent family gathering got me thinking about infusing fun into the usual summer dessert offerings. Warm weather immediately brought cool thoughts of ice cream pies to mind.

  • Tuxedo strawberries are an elegant, fresh-fruit treat for summer entertaining.

    Strawberries get dressed up for summer partiesJun 14, 2012 12:00 AM
    Most bakers shy away from these sweet table gems in the summer and I understand why. Yes, the presentation is stunning, but the fruit poses perishability challenges and summer heat creates challenges when working with temperature-sensitive chocolate. Before you close the cookbook on this dessert dynamo, let me share the secrets behind my favorite strawberry recipe, Tuxedo Strawberries.

  • This boldly-flavored picnic cake will tempt everyone at your summer gathering and they’ll never guess it was made without eggs and butter.

    Flavor not lacking in chocolaty vegan cakeMay 21, 2012 12:00 AM
    Today's parties call for extra attention to food details as guests bring allergies and taste preferences to the table. Baking for this diverse crowd brings on a few culinary challenges. Unlike entree or salad buffets that allow diners the option to pick and choose from a variety of ingredients, once a cake hits the over it's impossible to hold the eggs and butter.

  • Banana bundt cake uses whole wheat flour, proving the more healthful flour isn't just for bread anymore.

    Baking secrets: Whole wheat flour makes surprise appearance in cakeApr 11, 2012 12:00 AM
    The recent push to get consumers to add more whole grains to our meals has inspired me to think about infusing whole wheat flour into a dessert. Not a sweetened yeast or quick bread recipe, but a bona fide after-dinner cake dessert. King Arthur, America's oldest flour company, now offers home bakers unbleached white whole wheat flour, milled from white wheat kernels.

  • Enjoy Irish soda bread for St. Patrick's Day.

    Why the Irish use baking soda in their bread Mar 14, 2012 12:00 AM
    Order soda bread in Ireland and you will enjoy a plain loaf with a slight tangy edge. Traditionally, Irish bakers don't embellish their daily bread with dried fruits, but for tea they serve spotted dog, a loaf studded with raisins or currants. Other variations include Treacle bread made with dark molasses and brown soda bread baked with whole-wheat flour and oatmeal.

  •  Enjoy Irish soda bread for St. Patrick’s Day.

    Traditional Irish Soda BreadMar 13, 2012 12:00 AM
    Traditional Irish Soda Bread: Annie Overboe

  • This deep dark pudding doesn't just look rich, it tastes rich, made with 72-percent dark chocolate.

    Baking secrets: Falling in love with dark chocolate Feb 8, 2012 12:00 AM
    Dark chocolate has come a long way since my days at the Culinary Institute of America. Today's selection of commercially available dark chocolate bars boasts exquisite chocolate varieties and diverse ingredients pairings like sea salt and chipotle chilies. My taste buds lean toward the savory notes in dark chocolate made with 72 to 78 percent cacao. In these bars, cocoa dominates the stage with sugar and dairy as a supporting players. Milk chocolate, on the other hand, contain around 30 to 40 percent cacao with sugar and milk adding the rest of the flavor.

  • Whip up a batch of Pantry Muffins and clear the shelves of ingredients leftover from holiday baking.

    Baking's building blocks Jan 25, 2012 12:00 AM
    What do flour, sugar and leavening have in common? Need a clue? With countless ingredients at our fingertips, almost every baking recipe calls for this trio. Still stumped? They're the building blocks of the baking world. That said, let's find out more about these important ingredients.

  • Annie Overboe's Peppermint Snowflakes

    Sweet butter secret to success for scrumptious holiday baking Dec 6, 2011 12:00 AM
    With holiday festivities in full swing, we look forward to enjoying the homemade cookies that inspire our yuletide cheer every season. What's the secret behind those treats from your favorite baker's oven? It's none other than sweet butter. This luscious ingredient infuses smooth texture and mild creamy taste into cookie doughs and melds seamlessly with diverse partners such as nuts and spices, without overpowering.

  • Would you believe this pecan pie doesn't have corn syrup in it?

    A pecan pie without corn syrup? Oh, my! Nov 14, 2011 12:00 AM
    Pies rule the dessert table for Thanksgiving, and on this traditional American holiday our tastes fall into three distinct flavor themes; fruity apple, spicy pumpkin and the ultimate sweet dessert … the pecan pie. Could pecan pie made without corn syrup find a place at the holiday table?

  • Treat goblins young and old to Halloween Pumpkin Cupcakes.

    Surprise ingredient turns cupcakes into Halloween treat Oct 18, 2011 12:00 AM
    For bakers, especially, Halloween allows us to showcase extreme culinary creativity. Usually I advise a light and balanced hand when decorating baked treats for a diverse crowd, however, for Halloween desserts I say pull out all the colored sugar, sprinkles, gummy worms and spooky finishings you can find.

  • Apple cake studio shot for Pankey.

    Kuchen recipes makes the most of Honeycrisps Sep 27, 2011 12:00 AM
    As summer transitions into fall, that cool breeze signals the arrival of baking season. Unlike spring that tiptoes in after a cold winter, autumn roars out of the gate offering the finest dessert fruit front and center: the crisp and juicy apple.

  • Marshmallows, 54 of them actually, give a slightly firm yet creamy body to a no-bake cheesecake that’s perfect for end-of-summer entertaining.

    Marshmallows add body to no-bake cheesecake Aug 25, 2011 12:00 AM
    After a season of ending meals with juicy watermelon slices and fruit salads, we’re ready for an upscale dessert again. Yet it can still be too hot to want to turn on the oven. I’m on the contant lookout for no-bake dessert recipes; specifically ones that showcase an unusual ingredient or theme.

  • A splash of coffee liqueur and a sprinkle of salt make these brownies blue ribbon contenders.

    Sweet tips for blue-ribbon bakingJul 25, 2011 12:00 AM
    While at the fair people always ask me two questions: What qualities, besides taste, capture my attention when reviewing an entry? What inspires me to award that coveted blue ribbon or Best in Show trophy? Today I'll give you a sneak peek into the secret world of food judging. Follow these 10 rules and you'll be a contender for the top prize in culinary competitions.

  • Strawberry jam that preserves flavor Jun 21, 2011 12:00 AM
    A recent trip to the California Strawberry festival at Oxnard Meadows got me thinking about preserving the fresh taste of this succulent fruit. Speaking with local growers, not to mention tasting a few extraordinary strawberry desserts, inspired my culinary creativity.

  • Biscuit bars fit for a prince May 31, 2011 12:00 AM
    By now we all know the dashing Prince William across the pond fancies chocolate desserts. To this fan of all things chocolate, his choice of a chocolate biscuit groom's cake seemed bold, inspiring and quite brilliant. Before the wedding I knew little about this distinctively English dessert.

  • Annie Overboe for Baking Secrets column.

    Carrot gives lamb cake a break Apr 19, 2011 12:00 AM
    Think Easter desserts and coconut-covered lamb cakes quickly spring to mind. This holiday favorite looks enticing on our dessert tables, yet seldom offers more than a dry cake topped with sugary icing. The sweetened coconut and jelly beans do this dessert no favors.

  • Annie Overboe for Baking Secrets column.

    Corn bread recipe shows flexibility Mar 22, 2011 12:00 AM
    Occasionally my son likes to play the “mom's a chef” card to his advantage. On a recent snowy Sunday he stopped by and noticed chili simmering on the stove. Looking for moving help, he pitched his friends an offer they couldn't refuse: a free meal and mom's corn muffins. Then he called the chef for reservations.

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