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Baking Basics

Who doesn't love the warm, comforting aroma of bread baking or the taste of a steaming slice of bread slathered with butter? Biting into a chocolate chip cookie with the chips still soft from the oven? Slicing into a freshly baked pie?

These tastes and smells were common in grandma's day. She thought nothing of whipping up a batch of fresh rolls and a peach pie for Sunday dinner. And recipes - who needs 'em? She'd watched her mother use a scoop of this and a dash of that.

For many of us, baking is a little more intimidating. Making a pie crust or working with yeast is a whole new world. Let these sites stand in for grandma and you'll be baking like a pro.

All you "knead" to know...

Knowledge is power and How Bread Works is a good place to learn the science behind the perfect loaf of bread. This site includes explanations, a few experiments to demystify the rising process and a basic bread recipe.

If you'd like to skip the chemistry class, Fleischmann's Yeast has a site that offers techniques, tips and troubleshooting. Don't miss Robin Hood Flour's site. It features workshops for bread machine and scratch baking, tips for the seasoned baker and a glossary. You can even post a question and have a bread-making expert get back to you.




Of course, man (or woman) does not live by bread alone. We also need cookies, cakes and pies. The AllRecipe.com Family includes cakes, pies, cookies and breads. Be sure to check out "Hints & Tips" for luscious cheesecake, the perfect piecrust, cookie texture and adventures in alternative flours.

Joyofbaking.com features detailed instructions on baking cookies, cakes and tarts and includes an excellent guide to ingredients. You'll find a history lesson at and the secrets of really good chocolate chip cookies at Stephanie Vardavas' site.

Recipes, Recipes & More Recipes

Ready to expand your repertoire? These sites will keep you busy until your grandchildren have grandchildren.

Special Diets

Those of you with dietary restrictions don't have to miss out on all the fun. These sites will show you how to "have your cake and eat it, too."

Put on an apron, roll up your sleeves and get ready to bake. Grandma would be proud!




   --- J. Walker

 
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