Making croissants is simply following steps – and using great butter

Making croissants is simply following steps – and using great butter

Home-baked croissants are possible – yes, they are – and may prove a perfect activity for a chilly winter weekend. Just follow the steps.

Rosy Posy Apple Tarts combine trendy apple roses with creamy cheese filling

January 15
Rosy Posy Apple Tarts combine trendy apple roses with creamy cheese filling
Apple roses, one of this year's hottest baking trends, find a delicious new home atop a flaky cream-cheese-filled pastry.
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Homemade granola bars move past hippie origins, become mainstream snack

January 15
Homemade granola bars move past hippie origins, become mainstream snack
There still are good bars out there, but why not make your own? It's easy, thriftier and the bars can be customized for everyone in the house.
Variety
July 15, 2015

Baking Central: Pound cake, grilled or plain, makes a great summer dessert

Is this a true pound cake? Views may differ. But it's delicious, served out of hand, or embellished with ice cream or whipped cream and fruit. You can even summer-ize this dessert by briefly grilling individual slices.
Variety
June 17, 2015

Shortbread provides a buttery finale to any picnic

Shortbread is quick to make and travels well, making it an ideal dessert for summer picnics.
Taste
June 17, 2015
Banana Cream Pie, step by step process for making crust and custard Fr...

Welcome spring with banana cream pie — and variations!

Start with a graham-cracker crust, a classic pastry cream, then add bananas, or coconut, or chocolate for a great do-ahead dessert in this month's Baking Central installment.
Variety
June 17, 2015

Baking Central: Swedish limpa is a first step to summery sandwiches

Swedish limpa melds tradition and personal taste, while providing a platform for an open-faced meal.
Taste
March 30, 2015

Strawberry Shortcake creates instant summer

Somewhere between a biscuit and a scone is a delectable creation called the shortcake. With summer's fruits on the horizon, add this to your recipe repertoire.
Taste
March 30, 2015

Sky-high meringue as easy as pie

Lemon meringue pie practically shouts "Spring!" It just takes a little planning and patience to pull off.
Taste
March 30, 2015

A homemade version of the Cronut

Whatever you call it, the world is agog at the Cronut, a deep-fried croissant-like doughnut. The originals are made in New York, but here's an option for your own kitchen.
Taste
March 30, 2015

Making your own ice cream sandwiches is worth the effort

Why? Because you can choose your own filling, they taste better – and you can say, "I made these myself."
Taste
March 30, 2015
Step by step- baking central - Black forest pancake -

These pancakes are puffed with pride

A puffy pancake provides an impressive centerpiece to any breakfast, yet couldn't be easier to make.
Taste
March 30, 2015

Fried and gone to heaven

No matter where your roots lie, eating a krofi just might taste like going home — or where you wish you'd grown up. A hint of lemon sets them apart from the pastry crowd.
Taste
March 30, 2015

Achieving pot pie perfection

Leftover Thanksgiving turkey needn't be an afterthought. In a creamy pot pie, bolstered with root vegetables, it might actually taste better than the original feast.
Taste
March 30, 2015

Back to basics with bagels

Homemade bagels are fun to make, and a few key ingredients provide a depth of flavor and chewiness that make these better than most you can buy.
Taste
March 30, 2015

Baking Central: Going head over heels for caramel flan

Flan, a Latin American dessert, is a testament to how fabulous flavors emerge from the right combination of simple ingredients.
Recipes
March 30, 2015

Recipe: Flour tortillas

flour tortillas √ Makes 8 large or 12 small tortillas. Note: White whole wheat is available with other flours at the supermarket. You can make…
Taste
March 30, 2015

Baking Central: You can't beat babka

A babka's distinctive swirls make this chocolate bread a spectacular treat. Honestly, you can't beat cinnamon and chocolate.
Taste
March 30, 2015

Baking Central: Coconut cake updates nostalgia

A beloved recipe for coconut cake gets a makeover, resulting in better flavor with less fuss, while still delivering what made it memorable.
Taste
March 30, 2015
Hamburger buns are a golden brown with a crackled, mottled top.

Baking Central: Build a better burger bun

We eat with our eyes, so watch how brushing a simple rice flour coating onto bread dough turns ordinary buns into works of art: Dutch Crunch burger buns.
Recipes
March 30, 2015

Recipe: Squash and Chard Tart

Squash and chard tart √Serves 6.Note: We found the recipe for spelt crust via the website www.leitesculinaria.com, which credits Popina Bakery in London with the…
Taste
March 30, 2015

Baking Central: Flour tortillas offer freshness

Flour tortillas are so bland, by design, that they can be overlooked. But when homemade, they make any filling taste even better.
Taste
March 30, 2015

Baking Central: Blueberries find a place in pierogi

Looking for something new to do with blueberries? Consider a bumpy dumpling from Poland offering the purest of berry flavor.