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Pizza and Bread Crust Texture

Published September 1, 2008.

What happens when you add extra water to bread dough?

Warming Tortillas

Published September 1, 2008.

Here are three easy ways to warm tortillas.

Yeast Types

Published September 1, 2008.

What are the differences between instant and active dry yeasts?

Best Apples for Baking

Published September 1, 2008.

Which are the best apples for baking?

Prepping Peaches

Published July 1, 2008.

When baking peaches in a dessert, the delicate skin can easily turn leathery. To avoid this problem, it needs to be removed. Here's how.

Blueberry Pie

Published July 1, 2008.

Sweet, delicate blueberries are easily overshadowed by a dull thickener. Our goal was a sliceable pie with bright, fresh flavor.

Tapioca

Published July 1, 2008.

Tapioca thickens stews and sauces, and it protects fresh fruit flavor in a pie. But just what is tapioca and what type should you use?

Berry Fool

Published May 1, 2008.

Most fools are soupy and loose, with dull, overcooked fruit. The key to a fool that's both creamy and intensely fruity is all in how you thicken it.

Whipping Egg Whites

Published March 1, 2008.

Whipping egg whites requires optimal conditions. Use a copper or stainless steel metal bowl rather than plastic, glass, or aluminum.

Melting Chocolate

Published March 1, 2008.

In the Test Kitchen we melt chocolate two ways: we often use a microwave, but the other method is to melt it in a heatproof bowl over barely simmering water.

Frosting a Layer Cake

Published March 1, 2008.

We demonstrate the simple steps required for a perfectly frosted layer cake. You'll need the right tools and techniques.

Quick vs. Instant Oats

Published January 1, 2008.

Different oats are more heavily processed than others. Here's our guide to the right (and wrong) oats to use when you’re baking.

Making Almost No-Knead Bread

Published January 1, 2008.

Could we improve on the famous no-fuss bread recipe? Creating a flavorful loaf without kneading put our Test Kitchen staff to the test.

Baking Cookies One Sheet at a Time

Published January 1, 2008.

While it's okay to double up when making many other cookies, our thin and crispy oatmeal cookies brown unevenly when baked using two trays at once.

How Does Bread Rise?

Published January 1, 2008.

In this time lapse video, we set up the cameras to film overnight to capture the rest and fermentation process of no-knead bread.

Butter Cookies

Published December 1, 2007.

It's easy to use this quick-to-assemble dough and simple icing recipe to make a wide variety of different shaped holiday cookies.

Drop Biscuits

Published November 1, 2007.

We wanted a simple, tender biscuit that could be easily broken apart and eaten piece by buttery piece.

Buying a Rimmed Baking Sheet

Published November 1, 2007.

A heavy-duty rimmed baking sheet is a workhorse that every cook should keep in their kitchen. But which one should you buy?

When Should I Take Apples out of the Microwave?

Published November 1, 2007.

Correctly precooked apples are essential for a successful pie. Too little cooking means runny juices and a soggy pie. Too much, and the apples become mushy.

Making Pie Dough

Published November 1, 2007.

It took us more than 100 tries, but we finally came up with a foolproof, moist, supple pie dough that's easy to roll out.

Apple-Cranberry Pie

Published November 1, 2007.

We wanted to combine these two classic fall fruits so that the full flavor of both came through and the crust remained crisp.

Rescuing Problem Pastry

Published September 1, 2007.

When making dough, adding too much water is the biggest problem. It will make the dough sticky, tough, and hard to work with.

Coring and Slicing Apples

Published September 1, 2007.

In our apple galette, it's essential that the apples are cut to the thickness of two dimes. Here's how to do it correctly every time.

Apple Galette

Published September 1, 2007.

Getting a flaky crust and caramelized apples can make this simple French tart not so simple. We wanted both every time.

Properly Incorporated Butter

Published September 1, 2007.

The food processor does only part of the work. We also use a French technique called fraisage to create really flaky dough.

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