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Baking Ingredients

14 Kitchen-Tested Ingredients

Dark Chocolate
Published: November 2013
Dark Chocolate
It’s easy to find a great snacking chocolate. But cooking is different: Choosing…
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Molasses
From the EpisodeSpicy Fall Sweets
Published: November 2011
Molasses
Terms like "mild," "full," and "robust" are meaningless when it comes to molass…
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Vanilla Beans
From the EpisodeCool and Creamy Desserts
Published: July 2011
Vanilla Beans
For custard-based recipes in which vanilla is the star, we’ve found that vanill…
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Whole-Wheat Flour
Published: March 2011
Whole-Wheat Flour
If you thought all whole-wheat flours are created equal, you were wrong.
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Unsweetened Chocolate
From the EpisodeChocolate Torte
Published: November 2010
Unsweetened Chocolate
With no added sugar or dairy, 100 percent pure chocolate can be a clear route to…
All-Purpose Vegetable Oils
From the EpisodeStuffed Beef Tenderloin
Published: March 2010
All-Purpose Vegetable Oils
Vegetable oil should stay behind the scenes, whether you’re baking, sautéing, or…
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Vanilla Extract
Published: March 2009
Vanilla Extract
In the battle of pure versus imitation extracts, could we declare a winner?
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Quick Oats
Published: July 2009
Quick Oats
For emergencies only?
Stone-Ground Oats
Published: July 2009
Stone-Ground Oats
We tested one brand of stone-ground oats. Could they please our tasters' palates…
Steel-Cut Oats
Published: July 2009
Steel-Cut Oats
Judging from the brands and styles cramming supermarket shelves, there's an oat …
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White Chocolate
Published: November 2009
White Chocolate
We tasted real white chocolate alongside "fake" supermarket brands to determine …
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Yellow Cake Mixes
From the EpisodeLemon Layer Cake
Published: December 2006
Yellow Cake Mixes
Can any come close to homemade?
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Baking Powder
From the EpisodeSunday Brunch
Published: December 2015
Baking Powder
We always assumed all baking powders were created equal. Boy, were we wrong.
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Milk Chocolate
Published: February 2011
Milk Chocolate
Has trendy dark chocolate changed our taste for good old milk chocolate?
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