The Best Vanilla Extract Substitute Is Probably Hiding in Your Kitchen

By now, you’ve probably been told once or twice to make your own vanilla extract. (One of those times may or may not have been by us.) Recipes tell you how easy-breezy it is to DIY the solution, which is essentially just vanilla pods soaked in alcohol. Just buy vanilla beans, split down the center, […]

A Chocolate Snacking Cake for Any & Every Occasion

A snacking cake is, for the unfamiliar, a one-layer cake, typically baked in an 8-inch round or square cake pan (I’m partial to square). It’s the sheet cake’s little sister. But where a sheet cake can be a big production, often baked for a special occasion (be it a birthday party, a potluck, or the […]

How to Make Any Baking Recipe Fit Any Cake Pan Size

Award-winning cookbook author Alice Medrich is here to help you bake smarter, not harder, with game-changing recipes and aha-moment techniques. Today, we’re breaking down a question we’ve asked ourselves, oh, a million times: How do we adapt cake pan sizes in baking recipes? (Say, something calls for a 8×8-inch, but you only have an 9×9.) […]

How to Make Donuts From Scratch (Like You Know What You’re Doing)

Doughnuts, for me, represent absolute perfection. Don’t get me wrong: Pie is my number one; cake is near the top of my list; and I’ve never met a cookie I didn’t like. But doughnuts…there isn’t much in this world that’s better than a good—no, a GREAT—doughnut. Sure, they can be doused in sugary glaze and […]

This Ingredient Changed My Chocolate Chip Cookie Game Forever

In 1999, my dad and I memorized how to make chocolate chip cookies in case Y2K actually happened. I’m not sure what kind of world we were expecting if it had, but we feared the future might be cookie-less. And a world without the classic Nestlé Toll House chocolate chip cookie recipe was not a […]

The No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie That Made Me Stop Hating Peanut Butter

For as long as I could remember, I abhorred peanut butter. To me it tasted harsh, almost metallic, and I hated the texture. Peanut butter felt more like a prank than a food. It reminded me of how my dad—a lifelong practical joker—would tell his unknowing friends that wasabi was “Japanase avocado” when they went […]

This Rhubarb-Ginger Coffee Cake Is 100% Relationship Goals

Strawberries and rhubarb have a relationship that I imagine all other produce are jealous of. Together they’re an incomparable couple. Simply put, they’re the fruit world’s version of #relationshipgoals. But what you might not realize is that rhubarb, like its more popular counterpart, is just as good on its own as it is in a […]

The Great Majesty of the Paris-Brest, an Éclair to Share

When you live among the beauty and majesty of Paris, as I did while pursuing my undergraduate degree, the most fantastic things become routine. Like picnicking on the lawn in front of the Eiffel Tower, which I did with friends regularly as it was the closest park to my apartment. (It’s actually where I met […]

Why This Whole Grain Flour Will Change Your Baking Game—& How to Use It

I began baking as a young adult in Germany where whole grain traditions go back centuries. But it was only after moving to the US years ago that I stumbled upon white whole wheat flour in a health food store. Ever so slightly nutty-sweet, with just a hint of texture, it soon became my go-to […]