Every great pie starts with a carefully constructed crust. But, tragically, that's also the most intimidating part. To set you up for pie success, we're sharing a few of baker extraordinaire Gesine Bullock-Prado's top tips. These little nuggets of expert advice come from Gesine's class, Pies & Tarts for Every Season — consider this an exclusive sneak peek.
Admit it, you've skipped sifting. Never? Really??? Some savvy bakers swear this step is the secret to light and fluffy cakes and cookies. Others take a "whatever" approach and bake happily on. Turns out that while skipping the sift probably won't ruin your baked goods, there are actually some pretty good reasons to include this step.
Whether you're decorating a custom birthday cake or piping a sophisticated bead border, James shows you how to create a thick and spreadable American-style buttercream that will enhance your desserts. Then, add a delicious twist by flavoring it with chocolate, strawberries or even peanut butter.
Baklava has a ton of layers, but it's easier to make than you might think. All you need is a handful of ingredients, a little sense of adventure for handling that phyllo dough, and a genuine love of butter. Sound like you? Go forth and bake!
HAAAPPY BIIIRTHDAAAY TO... well, it doesn't matter. It doesn't even have to be anyone's birthday. Don't let little things like details stop you from making this perfect birthday cake recipe because it's, well, perfect.