Baking Tutorials

How To Make Cheese Gougères — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Let me walk you through the experience of eating a fresh gougère. It's surprisingly light as you pick it up — almost insubstantial — and still hot from the oven. The crispy shell crunches as you pull it open, releasing a puff of savory steam. Then you hit the middle: soft, eggy, and indecently cheesy. Two bites and it's gone. You're going to want to make a batch of these soon — trust me.

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How To Make a One-Bowl Vanilla Cake — Baking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Sometimes you need a cake — like, now — and getting out a stand mixer and dirtying a few bowls isn't ideal. It's often in these situations we lean on cake mixes to get a cake in the oven. Inspired by the virtues of cake mix (it is easy and reliable, after all) we set out to create an everyday vanilla cake — something sweet but sturdy and resilient that we could quickly turn into everything from an everyday coffee cake to cupcakes to a giant ice cream cake sandwich.

Honestly, this cake can come together faster than your oven will preheat. So go set it to 350°F and then come back here to learn how to make this universal cake. It can be as simple or as stunning as you choose, and it will bake up at least a dozen different ways — all of them buttery, fragrant, and delicious.

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How To Make Kentucky Bourbon and Walnut Pie — Baking Lessons from The Kitchn

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This bourbon-spiked, chocolate and walnut pie (aka we-can't-call-it-Derby-pie pie) may well be the most controversial pie in the history of Kentucky. And controversy — and a lawsuit or two— has made this pie a part of Kentucky history. So eating a piece of this pie, you might say, is like eating a piece of history.

But we'd argue that this pie isn't just famous because of some back and forth over a name. This pie is famous because it's a downright delicious dessert that's easy to whip up and pretty as you please to look at — especially with a dollop of bourbon whipped cream on top. Try it and let us know if you agree.

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How To Make Confetti Cake Bunny Bread — Baking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Easter bread comes in all different shapes and sizes, from hot cross buns to the Greek Tsoureki I grew up with — but it's never been quite so adorable or easy. These Easter bread bunnies are quick to make and finished with a delicious surprise.

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How To Make Hot Cross Buns — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Hot cross buns are lightly sweetened, mildly spiced rolls with a distinct image of a cross that runs across the top. They are specifically associated with Good Friday, and have been for almost a millennium. Over time, hot cross buns in the U.S. became extremely sweet, and today are often criss-crossed with a sugary icing, but that isn't the recipe of yore. The original crossing mixture was more of a paste. Classic hot cross buns hold genuine symbolic value that can stand deliciously and proudly alongside any holiday baked treat.

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How To Make the Ultimate Rainbow Surprise Cake — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Just one look at this cake leaves me grinning. Everything from the Wonka-esque candy topping to the rainbow of colorful cake layers makes me giddy. And to really gild the lily, the center of the cake is filled with sprinkles and even more candy, releasing an avalanche of joy when you cut into it.

Maybe you've seen cakes like this on Pinterest, your favorite baker's Instagram feed, or even IRL at your best friend's house and thought to yourself, "That cake looks so fun and complicated; I could never make that." I'm here to encourage you otherwise! You can totally make this knock-out, show-stopping surprise-inside rainbow layer cake from scratch.

Yes, it will take some time and some planning, but we've got the step-by-step instructions to make this great-looking (and great-tasting) cake at home.

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