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Bread-Making Tips and Recipes

Remember, there is absolutely no work involved in letting your dough sit on the countertop to reap a lower temperature, a slower fermentation process and, therefore, more flavorful bread.Photo by Ditte IsagerBite into a warm brioche muffin and savor the fact that you made this delicious yeast bread yourself. A little goes a long way when you follow simple bread-making tips such as using organic ingredients or preheating your baking stone. In Simply Great Breads (The Taunton Press,...

14 things under $35 you need to make the best holiday cookies

14 things under $35 you need to make the best holiday cookies (Photo: Star Pack Products / Bellemain)— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY’s newsroom and any business incentives.If you’re in charge of bringing cookies to your holiday party this year, you have an important choice to make: use...

Cooking Basics: 5 Ways to Conquer Your Fear of Baking

Some people are scared of baking, even the most seasoned cooks. It doesn’t help that people talk about baking like it’s a magic trick or a complicated science project! Good news: You can bake great-tasting treats with some starter tips that are based on common sense.Photo by Bigstock1. Pay AttentionRead your recipe all the way through at least once before you begin. Check to make sure you have all the ingredients. Get your tools and pans ready so that you don’t have to search for them in the...