Baking

Recipe: Skillet Apple Crisp — Easy Dessert Recipes

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Apple crisp is an absolute must come fall. Requiring a fraction of the work of apple pie, apple crisp still delivers on autumnal delight: warm, fragrant apples bathed in sweet cinnamon, topped with a crisp, crumbly oat mixture that makes the perfect contrast in each bite. Want to make apple crisp even better? Build it in an oven-safe skillet and you can go straight from sautéing your apples to baking the whole thing in the oven without dirtying an extra pan.

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What Is Wondra Flour? — Tips from The Kitchn

Among the rows of all-purpose, pastry, cake, whole-wheat, and alternative flours (like almond and coconut) stands bright-blue canisters that look like they may have been there for decades. That's good ol' Wondra flour. I've walked past it for years, intrigued by the vintage-looking label but never enough to stop and really find out what it actually is and what makes it stand apart from the rest. Turns out it can do a whole slew of wonderful things, making it a worthy addition to your pantry.

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Recipe: Apple-Cinnamon French Toast Casserole — Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipes

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French toast is the gold-standard of slow Saturdays – a hot cup of coffee in one hand, a sizzling skillet on the stove, and Billie Holiday crooning in the background. There's nothing like the soothing repetition of whisking eggs and cream, cutting rich egg bread into impossibly thick slices, combining the two, and watching the toast sizzle in a pool of butter. That is the dream until you have two toddlers begging for breakfast before your feet find your slippers. I'm here to tell you that you can have all the things that French toast offers without hovering over a hot pan at 6:30 in the morning.

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Recipe: Baked Parmesan-Crusted Chicken — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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When I want to take basic baked chicken up a notch (which is most of the time), I have a duo of ingredients I know I can turn to for crispy, flavor-packed results every single time without fail: nutty Parmesan cheese and crispy panko. This power couple turns mild-mannered chicken breast into a weeknight dinner that hits the table with pizzazz. Mixed with garlic and a pinch of herbs, the Parmesan and panko blanket each piece of chicken with a textured coating that packs an irresistible crunch. With a savory taste that's just the right balance of salty, nutty, and fresh, your routine of baked chicken for dinner just got a two-ingredient upgrade.

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How To Bake Crispy, Juicy Chicken in the Oven — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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The promise of crispy, juicy, oven-baked chicken is one that kept me rushing home as a kid. Mostly we felt like we won the dinner lottery when our mom made Shake'N Bake instead of her usual Hamburger Helper or tuna-noodle casserole. My own children pine for chicken nuggets (they mostly know the freezer kind), but the premise is the same: Coat chicken in crispy breadcrumbs and be a champion of dinner.

While this technique isn't quite as simple as shaking chicken with breadcrumbs in a bag, the results are worth the minimal extra effort. Toasted panko breadcrumbs give the chicken a golden, crispy exterior, while a paste of eggs and mayo keeps the chicken juicy.

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20 Last-Minute Desserts for Labor Day — Recipes from The Kitchn

You've likely been having too much fun all summer to even think about Labor Day weekend. Here's some news: It's this weekend! Like always, it comes as a bit of a shock after another summer that flew by. Whether you're hosting or attending a Labor Day cookout, escaping to the beach, or just planning one last picnic, you deserve something sweet to celebrate the last few days of summer. Here are 20 last-minute recipes that fit the bill.

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