What is the difference between rolled oats and steel cut oats?

Rolled oats vs steel cut oats

  This year for Christmas, there were some steel cut oats into my stocking.  I had never seen steel cut oats before and was surprised by what they look like. I had heard great things about steel cut oats but had never seen them. Would they taste good?  They looked an awful lot like horse food.   But sure enough, … Read More

What is the difference between instant yeast and active dry yeast?

what is the difference between instant and active dry yeast?

When baking bread, each recipe tells you the kind of yeast that you need to use.  Typically, for home bakers, there are two kinds of yeast that you need to worry about: active dry yeast and instant yeast.  Sometimes you can get fresh yeast at specialty food stores, but the shelf life is short, so most home bakers use commercially … Read More

What Is White Whole Wheat Flour?

So, I had hoped to have a recipe that was interesting and healthy and awesome, but alas, I burned the granola and underbaked  the banana bread.  So no new recipe.  I will have to settle with telling you about white whole wheat flour.  What is white whole wheat flour?  Good question.  I had never seen it before last week when … Read More

What Is Meringue Powder?

what is meringue powder

It came up over the Christmas season, from a good friend of mine, that not everyone might know what meringue powder is.  Considering it is a key ingredient in royal icing, it would probably be useful information to have. What is meringue powder? Meringue powder is basically powdered egg whites.  (Not powdered egg yolks, which are also available in stores, … Read More

How To Freeze Leftover Frosting

How to freeze leftover frosting

For some reason, it took me far to long to realize that you can freeze your leftover frosting.  I would bake cakes and cupcakes and I would find myself frustrated with having a dab of this kind of frosting or a bit of that kind of frosting leftover.  I first read about freezing your leftover frosting from Rose Levy Beranbaum … Read More