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Chris Hoelck

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    How to Make Sugared Cranberries

    Sugar-coated cranberries add a pop of bright color to a Champ de Noël or other holiday cake. Here's how to make them: Roll frozen cranberries in superfine sugar. After the…

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    Book Review: Happiness is Baking

    Happiness is Baking: Favorite Desserts from the Queen of Cake by Maida Heatter (Little, Brown) When the queen of baking, Maida Heatter, died at age 102 in June, she left…

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    Book Review: Pastry Love

    Pastry Love: A Baker’s Journal of Favorite Recipes by Joanne Chang (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) When my daughter started working in suburban Boston earlier this year, it was a #winning moment…

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    How to Caramelize White Chocolate

    Caramelizing white chocolate is a bit of kitchen magic. The technique imparts a toasty butterscotchy flavor to the confection; try it in a buttercream or mousse in place of regular…

  • All About Cake book
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    Book Review: All About Cake

    All About Cake By Christina Tosi (Clarkson Potter; $35) I’d love to hang out in the kitchen with Christina Tosi. After spending time with her new book, All About Cake,…

  • Genius Desserts cookbook
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    Book Review: Food52 Genius Desserts

    Food52 Genius Desserts: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Bake By Kristin Miglore (Ten Speed Press; $35) If Genius Desserts were a recording, it would be titled Now That’s…

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    Book Review: Rose’s Baking Basics

    Rose's Baking Basics: 100 Essential Recipes, with More Than 600 Step-by-Step Photos By Rose Levy Beranbaum (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; $35) Like most bakers, I value precision. So I appreciate the…

  • Chocolate Chip, Cranberry & Pecan Cookies
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    Spiced Cranberry-Pecan Chocolate-Chip Cookies

    Here’s the perfect holiday-season chocolate-chip cookie: loaded with chunks of chocolate, nuts, and dried fruit; a little crisp around the edge; and chewy in the middle. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and…

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    Great Finds: Wilton Cake Leveler

    You can trim the dome off cake layers with a long serrated knife, but for those of us whose aim isn't quite so precise, there's the cake leveler. Resembling a…

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    Cookie-Baking Tips from the Pros

    Our favorite pastry chefs reveal their secrets to help you get the best results ever

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