Got beets? Got zucchini? Then you have the secrets to tasty quick breads

Got beets? Got zucchini? Then you have the secrets to tasty quick breads

No sneaky nutrition here. Vegetables are proud ingredients in these quick breads.

Making your own Danish pastries is like taking a mini-vacation – with butter

June 7
Making your own Danish pastries is like taking a mini-vacation – with butter
Tender Danish pastries are glorious to eat, but making your own can be good for your mental health.

Swirls of light and dark rye dough make a looker of a loaf

May 4
Swirls of light and dark rye dough make a looker of a loaf
The swirls and curves of dark and light rye add some pizazz where it's least expected, especially with sandwiches.
Variety
July 26

Piecaken — yes, a pie inside a cake! — gets a makeover that kids can bake

How do you get a pie inside a cake? Let your kids figure out this puzzle of a dessert challenge.
Variety
March 22

We're all ears for British arlettes, a treat we know as elephant ears

No matter what you call these crisp and flaky wafers of sugary, cinnamony, buttery pastry, they are both a bit technical and a little challenging. But they're delicious.
Baking Central
March 15

Recipe: Butter Roasted Leeks

Butter Roasted Leeks Serves 4 to 6. Note: Pair these with roast chicken or toss with pasta, fold into an omelet or strew on pizza.…
Variety
February 15

Gather round – we're making empanadas

Some foods are made for a crowd. To consume them, yes, but also to make them. Empanadas are one of those foods.
Variety
November 9, 2016

Baking Central: Pull-apart bread brings beauty, flavor to Thanksgiving

Some creative rolling results in a buttery pull-apart bread that doubles as an edible centerpiece.
Variety
September 21, 2016

Baking Central: Onion bialys bring bit of Eastern Europe to Minnesota table

Chewy, savory bialys can jazz up your bread basket, and are a perfect pairing with fall soups.
Variety
July 21, 2016

Baking Central: Blueberries add big flavor to Baby Dutch Babies

Don't worry; these puffs are meant to deflate, making room for a blueberry compote.
Variety
June 23, 2016

Easy-to-make pie crusts practically scream summer

Here are three pies that accommodate summer's desire for ease, mostly because their crusts are the essence of simplicity.
Variety
May 18, 2016

You've seen kouign amann at the bakery; now bake it at home

Say "queen uh-mahn" and stand back for the stampede for a pastry that's both gooey and crackling with crisp edges.
Variety
April 27, 2016

Want to bake? Here's a list of essential tools you'll need

Whether you're a beginning baker or know your way around a cupcake, here's a list of essential tools for baking success.
Taste
April 20, 2016

Choose the right equipment for baking

For novice bakersMeasuring cups for dry ingredients: Enable you to level off ingredients at the rim for accurate amounts. Remember to never pack…
Variety
March 16, 2016

Gallery: A fresh start for eclairs

Baking Central brings something new to the Easter brunch table with savory eclairs filled with scrambled eggs and a selection of accompaniments.
Variety
March 16, 2016

Baking Central: Eclairs take their place as savory fresh starts for breakfast

Whether you're looking for a new twist for Easter morning, or for any morning that could use a boost, savory éclairs offer a delicious variation on the usual toast or English muffins.
Variety
February 17, 2016

Baking Central: Mix it up with a new twist on marble cake

Marble cake is a classic, combining two flavors in one bite. We've made it even tastier with a third.
Variety
January 15, 2016

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.
Variety
January 15, 2016
Baking Central comes up with granola bars for school breakfasts and lu...

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
January 15, 2016
Process and finished product shots of apple tart for Baking. Minneapol...

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.
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.