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Silikomart Chocolate MoldsSilicone baking products are starting to infiltrate the kitchen at an astonishing pace. I remember the good old days when we had to walk in the snow for 13 miles, uphill in each direction to find paper to make paper mâché food molds that would catch fire in the oven. It would bind to our food and we'd go "oh no, there's paper in my food". That's the way it was and we liked it. Now we have a variety of silicone cookware options from spatulas to baking sheet liners to... chocolate molds.

Silikomart has introduced silicone chocolate molds to make light work of your chocolate truffle making endeavors. Read on to see how well they fared.
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Soyatoo Soy and Rice WhipWhip cream is frosting's long lost cousin. This is a good thing because it's enabled us to top everything from pies to ice cream to cake with it's creamy goodness. Sensing a vacuum in the vegan whip cream space since Hip Whip disappeared from the market (RIP Now and Zen), Soyatoo has stepped up to the plate with Rice Whip and Soy Whip. These vegan whipped creams give you no excuses to leave any tastebuds behind in your quest for the ultimate desserts.

I tested this whip on some Pumpkin Cheesecake to see how it stacked up. Is it worth it's compressed nitrous oxide? Read on to find out.
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Vegan Cream Cheese Taste TestWe're finally in the age where there's an increasing number of options when it comes to vegan food products. Back in the day we used to have to forego cheesecake or take matters into our own hands if we decided to eschew animal products. Then Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese came out and everyone rejoiced because they could finally have cheesecake and New York style bagels that were easy to make and didn't suffer from flavor compromises. But then a huge Doh! moment occurred. It's chock full of trans fats! Toffutti answered the call with Better Than Cream Cheese Non-Hydrogenated. Other companies are now following suit with their own vegan cream cheeses such as Follow Your Heart Cream Cheese Alternative. Which of the lot is recommended for your cheesecakes this season? Read on to find out.
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Pie crusts are simple but vulnerable to many different variables that can cause failure or lackluster results during baking. The crust is the frame of your pie so it's important that it comes out as perfect as possible. I recently had a Trader Joe's pie that had such a poor, mealy crust that it disracted from the rest of the pie.

When making pie crusts, there are several things you can do to ensure it comes out as perfect as possible such as using ice cold water, Vegan Butter or margarine in stick form instead of tub form due to it containing more saturated fat, etc. Another often overlooked crust trick is the use of a pie weight.
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How to make homemade vanilla extractIn these trying times purchasing baking ingredients to sustain your sweet tooth/hobby can add up. Many of us have more time than funds these days so it can be fun to discover the art producing things we take for granted. This is the heart of what DIY culture is all about. It's fascinating to create, learn and save some dough in the process.

Lately I took that approach to making homemade vanilla extract and was able to create a one that was comparable to high end extract for slightly more than half the cost.
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How to Choose an Oven ThermometerI've always recommended to have at least one thermometer in the oven at all times. Do you really want to trust that other shady built-in oven thermometer? Last I saw that dude he was blinking 12:00 like it was actually that time (maybe it was). The fact is, your built-in oven thermometer is usually off and it's a good idea to take steps to correct oven temperatures before you wake up and realize that you've grown into an adult at the same house accompanied by almost 1,053 slightly burned Friday night pizzas.

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Manna BreadAround 150 years ago it became cost effective to mass mill grains into the shelf stable product we know of as flour. Since this time, a host of health related anomalies have been occurring in the United States. The beginning of the mass production of food is regarded as marking the beginning of the Standard American Diet, or more appropriately named, the SAD diet. These health issues are likely caused by products containing flour and sugars that, after they're quickly digested, turn into a flash flood of sugar that our bodies aren't capable of handling multiple times a day. To reduce having major health issues later in life, we'd like to remind you that highly processed foods should be enjoyed in moderation. When you're not overindulging in desserts, It's a good idea to eat natural food that is minimally processed and provides consistent energy without spiking your blood sugar. Luckily, this can be done while still eating amazing food. Enter Manna Bread.
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How To Make Pumpkin PuréeDuring the Fall there are few things better than pumpkin infused treats like pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins and pumpkin cookies. Probably the least understood part of making these treats is getting the pumpkin purée out of the pumpkin. There are lots of different ways to make pumpkin purée. Some methods use boiling pumpkin chunks in water, others use baking the pumpkin in the oven. Still other methods detail using the microwave. Each method has it's pros and cons. Read on to find out how to select the best pumpkin and recommended steps for making good quality pumpkin purée.
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Sometimes I don't know what I like better: cookie dough or freshly baked cookies. Recently I picked up a 12 oz. tub of Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from Emily's Desserts and found myself in the same conundrum. Emilys basically giving you no excuses for easy access to vegan eats. Don't feel like eating a ginormous store-bought cookie? Fine. Don't feel like going through the rigamarole of baking a batch of smaller cookies? Alright. With Emily's Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough you no longer have any more excuses. Read on as we put them through their cookie paces.
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The Problem with Palm OilI love baking with vegan margarines like Earth Balance because they taste almost as good as butter and contain no hydrogenated oils. Hydrogenated oils are oils where hydrogen is forced into oil at high pressure. This chemically changes the unsaturated fatty acids into saturated ones. The benefit of this is that the oil is solid at room temperature and has an extended shelf life. The drawback of this is that trans fats are created during this process. In the 1980's food scientists began to notice adverse health affects associated with trans fat intake. This finding has led to a disaster in the food industry as food processors scramble to re-engineer their food to forgo hydrogenated oils but allow them to retain their flavor, shelf life, consistency and profit margins.
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Many people these days have difficulty finding time to make their own food due to busy schedules. Homemade food tends to taste significantly better than store bought food because store bought food usually sits on the shelf losing it's freshness for days or weeks. By the time it gets to your mouth it's sometimes gotten a little bit stale. Food manufacturers often compensate for this by adding ingredients to improve freshness which also can have the side effect of changing the taste or mouthfeel of the food slightly.
In attempt to create the taste of a homemade cookies without the hassle of making them from scratch, Moo-Cluck offers Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough for your hungry hearts. Read on for our complete review.
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Best apple varieties for bakingOne of the reasons Fall is the best time of year for baking is the plethora of fruits and vegetables that have been growing to perfection all summer. Of these, apples are one of the most appreciated and varied. It's common to dedicate a whole afternoon to apple picking, searching for our favorite varieties in nature's perfect form and discovering new varieties along the way.

Read on for my recommendations for the best apple varieties to use for baking your apple pie, strudel, apple butter, apple cake, apple galette, etc.
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These little beauties were picked up recently at the local health food store. Actually they weren't little by any means, measuring about four inches across. They're from Cindy Klotz Productions which is a secret vegan cookie lab located inside a volcano guarded by unicorns. Ok, we just made that last part up. But there is no website info on the cookie and we're a little dumbfounded as to where to find more information about these cookies. A website that made us feel all warm and snuggly while at the same time describing their cookies would be a great place to start. Update: Cindy Klotz Productions now has a website!
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The Big Vegan Cheese ReviewWhen it comes to things like pizzas, it's  a good idea to increase the fun factor by topping it with some vegan cheese. Vegan cheeses have improved vastly over the last decade and it's often difficult to keep up with the latest offerings. I've always wondered how vegan cheeses would fair side by side in regards to flavor, meltiness and overall authenticity. In this review I'll show you how well these cheeses faired in those regards and let you know which topping came out on top.
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Zeroll Original Ice Cream ScoopI used to think that ice cream scoops were kind of a joke. Why not just use a spoon and run it under warm water before for the best scooping action? That's all fine and dandy if you just want to get ice cream into a bowl. There's something to be said about presentation though, especially when it comes to desserts. As humans, we're very visual when it comes to interpreting things like food and this does make a difference with how food is perceived. You might only be concerned with getting ice cream into your mouth with the least amount of effort but if you're interested in making the best possible eating experience then it's a good idea to pay attention to your visual presentation. Also if you frequently serve ice cream, convenience is key. When it comes to ice cream this is where the Zeroll Original Ice Cream Scoop comes in.
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