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Easy Easter Dinner-Just for You

The Perfect Easter Dinner
EASTER, APRIL 17, 2022

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It’s hard to believe that Easter is just around the corner and now is the time to start planning your Easter dinner. I am here to help you get things off without a hitch! Read on to find out more. Enjoy!

I think it’s best to focus on your main dishes and sides when you are planning an Easter dinner. It may sound crazy but roast ham is always a great choice for Easter dinner. I’m sure it will be the main dish served at yours this year.

Roast ham is generally easier to make because there’s less to it than a whole turkey. Since I am here to help, I’ve created a delicious recipe for oven-roasted ham with apple glaze that I think will knock your socks off.

Then I will follow this with a very easy side dish, dessert, and a drink. Then your Easter dinner will be all set and ready to go.


Oven-Roasted Apple Glazed Ham

This delicious oven-roasted apple glazed ham is so easy you will be thanking me for days and you are most welcome! Your family and friends will enjoy it too!


Ingredients:

  • 1 (4-pound) fully cooked boneless ham
  • 2 cups of apple jelly
  • 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Place ham in a baking dish and place in pre-heated oven for 45 minutes.
  3. Mix the jelly, Dijon mustard, ginger, and the brown sugar in a saucepan. Cook over low heat until the jelly melts, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove the ham from oven and pour the jelly mixture over the ham. Bake for 30 minutes longer.

Serves: 16


Donna’s Squash Dressing

This is a quick and delicious side dish that everyone will enjoy. If you have a homemade cornbread recipe, use it or try my homemade one Donna’s Famous Cornbread It is quick and delicious. Your family and friends will love this recipe and so will you.


Ingredients:

  • 2 cups drained cooked yellow squash (Fresh is best or frozen works well too).
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cups mashed up corn bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 (10-ounce) can cream of chicken soup

Directions:

  1. Combine the drained squash, onion, cornbread crumbs, eggs, and undiluted soup in a bowl and mix well.
  2. Spoon into a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  3. Bake in a pre-heated 350 degrees oven for 25-30 minutes or until the top is golden brown.

Serves: 6 NOTE: For larger crowds, you can double the recipe and cook 50-60 minutes or until the top is golden brown.


Key Lime Pie

This pie is so easy to make and delicious. I usually make a 9-inch deep-dish one or you can make two 9-inch pies if you wish. Top each serving with homemade cool whip So much better than store-bought!


Ingredients:

  • 3 egg yolks, lightley beaten
  • 2/3 cup fresh Key lime juice
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (9-inch) deep dish graham cracker pie shell or two 9-inch graham cracker pie shells
  • 1 cup whipped topping

Directions:

  1. Beat the egg yolks, lime juice, and condensed milk in a mixing bowl with electric mixer until blended.
  2. Spoon the mixture into your deep dish pie shell or spoon half the mixture into two 9-inch pie shells.
  3. Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes for deep dish or 15 minutes for the two 9-inch pie shells.
  4. Let cool for 2 hours on cooling rack.
  5. Top each serving with whipped topping.

FYI: To get that pretty green look, add a few drops at a time to get the color of green you want while mixing up the ingredients.

Serves: 12


Drinks

Serve up your guest your favorite coffee or tea. Soft drinks, lemonade, or water. You could even ask your guests what they prefer or have them bring their favorite beverage. There is no shame in doing that. After all, you are making the dinner. More often than not, people are always willing to help.😉

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I sure hope you have enjoyed reading “Easy Easter Dinner-Just for You” as much as I did writing it for you. Now you can breathe easy about what to bake.

If you would like more Easter Dinner Ideas, check out “Baking with Donna’s Recipes”


From my family to yours, Happy Easter!

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🐰

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14 Things About Baking You May Not Have Known

Baking Supplies

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Baking is a fascinating process that yields delicious results. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced baker, there’s always something new to learn. So here are fourteen things about Baking that you may not have known. Enjoy!


1. Baking is a Science

The Science Of Baking

Baking is absolutely a science as well as an art. When you add flour, sugar, eggs, oil, etc., you have to do this in a sequence of steps that bring you to the same ending, something edible every time.

As a baker, we can think of ourselves as chemists and scientists. Why may you ask? We add different ingredients together in a sequence of steps that create delicious goodies. If done correctly, you can bake over and over again.

So, to sum this up, “baking is simply a form of chemistry that results in edible results rather than other chemical solutions or creations.” This quote is brought to you by Delighted Cooking


2. Baking is an Art

Baking Is An Art

Why is Baking considered an art? Think about this for a moment; if you are adding all of these ingredients together and making, let’s say, a cake from scratch, then you are creating art! By the time you cook your cake frost it and decorate it, you have created a beautiful piece of edible art.🎂

We, as bakers, can be compared to an artist who paints or artists that sculpt. A painter creates beautiful pictures for us to look at and enjoy using paintbrushes of different sizes and paints of different colors. Sculptors create beautiful pieces of statues, bowls, animals, etc., using molding clay and a variety of tools to shape and mold their sculptures. And they use a firing process for baking the clay or sculpture. We bake our goodies just like they do, except we use an oven.😉

We sculpt our cakes, cookies, pies, etc. We can then decorate them using paintbrushes, a rotating cake stand, cake, cookie painting, cake spatulas to smooth out the icing on our cakes, and tools for shaping and cutting fondant. And I could go on and on. You get the jest of it, though, right? Do you see the similarities?


3. Baking is a Trade

A Lady Decorating A Cake

If you love to bake, why not make a career out of it and do something you enjoy. Of course, this may require a certification that you can usually obtain by doing an apprenticeship. You can get these through bakeries that offer training such as Publix, Kroger, Ingles, technical or community college programs to help you obtain an associate degree or certificate. Usually, a college degree is not needed.👩‍🎓

Steps to becoming a baker:

  1. Obtain your apprenticeship- through bakeries such as Publix, Kroger, Ingels, technical or community college programs.
  2. Obtain a business degree- do this only if you are interested in opening your on bakery. You can do this by  taking courses in small business management through a continuing education program.
  3. Get your Certification- certification is not usually a requirement by most employers, however, if you obtain your certification it will put you ahead of the competition.
  4. Attain additional experience- if you want to advance your career, gain more experience. Learn different techniques and skills that will lead you to owning your on business and creating high quality products that you can be proud of.

4.  Baking is an Addiction

My Baking Addiction

Baking is most definitely an addiction for me. I can honestly say without a doubt that “baking is my happy place.” I enjoy getting in my kitchen and baking cakes and goodies for my family for any occasion. It is a soothing therapy for me.

One of my favorite things to do is take a recipe and make it my own because it is challenging and fun! I came up with a recipe years ago that I call my “goulash.” My kids love it, and it’s always a family favorite at get-togethers.😉


5. Baking is Therapeutic

Baking Is My Therapy

Yes, Baking certainly is therapeutic. If you are having a stressful day or week, measuring out ingredients and mixing them all helps relieve stress and anxiety. It makes me happy knowing that I am creating something beautiful and tasty for my family.

Creating things has been shown to make us happy if we feel out of sorts. Also, it gives us a feeling of accomplishment and triggers our senses of smell, touch, taste, and then, finally, seeing our result. So, the next time you feel anxious or stressed, try Baking. Baking will help you feel more relaxed, happier, and enthusiastic about life. Not to mention it can give you a sense of personal growth.😁


6. Baking is Precise

Why Precision Baking Is Important

You may be wondering why Baking is so precise? Because when you measure all of your ingredients out and have your oven set to the correct baking temperature and time set, your Baking becomes like a science. If you follow your recipe step by step, you will produce the same results every time.

The correct amount of flour, eggs, oil, sugar, etc., is critical to the product’s taste and the proper consistency and density. When we are baking, we wear different hats. That must be why a chef’s hat is so tall because we are scientists, biologists, artists, painters, and sculptors. Dang, we are so talented!😊


7. Baking is Forgiving

Baking

No, Baking is not very forgiving! Instead, you ask for a disaster if you don’t measure the ingredients and take shortcuts. Baking is a science because you are mixing exact amounts of flour, sugar, eggs, oil, etc., together, guesstimating is a big No-No. So if you are baking cookies and trying to take shortcuts, you may wind up with cookies hard as rocks.

On the other hand, cooking is more forgiving. You can usually get away with adding whatever ingredients that you want to a recipe and make it your own. Baking, not so much. With Baking, the slightest miscalculation could mean a flat, dense cake should you forget the eggs. And the taste would be awful!😝


8. Baking is Challenging

Well, We Have The Answer Right Here

Yes, Baking can be very challenging. But, not to worry, practice makes perfect (well, almost perfect). We are human, and I can guarantee you that you will still make some mistakes along the way. I have been baking and cooking for 46+ years, and I still make mistakes at times. So, it doesn’t matter if you are a seasoned pro or just starting; you will make mistakes. When that happens, chalk it up to experience and a lesson well learned.

Because Baking requires exact measurements and the correct baking times make it more difficult. At the same time, whatever you are cooking can usually be saved if you make a mistake by modifying your recipe. Flour is one of the ingredients that can make them dry and challenging if you add too much to your cookies. Add too much flour to your biscuits, and they will be dry and crumbly.🤦‍♀️


9.  Baking is Rewarding

Mother Baking With Her Three Kids

Oh gosh, yes! Baking can be very rewarding because you can create all kinds of delicious treats for your family and friends. It helps relieve stress and anxiety and gives me a sense of well-being and accomplishment. And it also lifts my mood.

Lord only knows after the pandemic we have had in the last two years, I can honestly tell you that Baking and cooking have helped me a lot! Another great thing about Baking is you can spend quality time with your kids and teach them a great lesson. Who knows, they may grow up to be a famous chef.👩‍🍳


10. Baking is Delicious

Cupcakes And Pastries

Baking cakes, cookies, pies, etc., is so delicious. Nobody can deny that! There is nothing better than a piece of cake and a good ole cup of coffee, except enjoying it with family and friends. You can bake up some deliciousness that no one can resist when you have suitable recipes.☕

Get yourself some good recipes and get your Baking and cooking on!


11.  Baking is Beautiful

This beautiful cake says it all! Yes, Baking is gorgeous. Even if your cake does not look like the above picture, it is still a beautiful form of art that you created. To me, Baking is not about how beautiful the goodies turn out to be, but how much fun and thought I put into it.

Watching my family eating and enjoying what I baked is beautiful to me! 😊


12.  Overmixing is Bad

Cake Sunk In The Middle

The number one mistake people make when mixing up their cake batter. Overmixing results in a dense cake. That is weak and will fall in the middle, as in the picture above. The taste of an overmixed is disgusting. Once you overmix, there is nothing you can do to fix it. So, guess what? That means you will have to toss the cake and start all over. Bummer!

I will use flour as an example; if you mix the flour into the butter, mix it until no more white flour is showing. Then you will know the flour is incorporated with the butter. Always follow your recipe step by step. Never skip over the numbers because you will be asking for a disaster.😣


13. Baking is Versatile

Muffins

When I think of versatility with Baking, I think of muffins. Muffins are a popular breakfast item for many people, including me. You can get them in sweet form or spicy. People can find something in a muffin to satisfy most picky eaters.

With muffins, you can add almost any flavor you can imagine. I love a maple muffin with bacon on top. When my son-in-law first introduced me to them, I thought he had lost his mind! But once I tasted that sweet and salty taste of the bacon, OMG, it was awesome! So, don’t be afraid to try different flavors of muffins. You may be surprised deliciously.🤤


14. Baking is Fun

Baking is most definitely fun. I enjoy baking cookies for Thanksgiving and decorating them with my grandkids. It is so much fun to see the colors they come up with and their designs on the cookies. They enjoy it too.

The holidays are my favorite time to get in the kitchen and bake cakes, cookies, pies, etc., for gift giving and for all of the family get-togethers.🤗


I hope you have enjoyed “14 Things About Baking You May Not Have Known,” learned something you didn’t know, and walked away feeling better about baking those goodies.

Remember, always follow your recipe step by step, and you should be fine. So, get out there and get your Baking on and enjoy what you are baking. I know you can do this!

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🍰

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Baking With Donna: 10 Ways to Save Money and Time

Save Time and Money
Save Time and Money

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These days we “All” need to find ways to save money and time. With the prices of groceries, gas, and everything else skyrocketing, we need ways to save our money and get more bang for our buck. And ways to save our time.

So, I have put together a list of 10 things that I do to save money and time. Maybe, some of these will inspire you to save money too and your time.


Are you ready to get started? Let’s get to it…

Grocery Sale
Grocery Sale

1. Shop sales always–  You never know when there are going to be mega sales at your favorite store until you check out their site on a regular basis.


Shop Big Sale
Shop Big Sale

2. Do not buy things at full price-  If there is something you are thinking of purchasing, wait for it to go on sale before you buy it. This includes clothing, shoes, accessories, furniture, appliances, or even food.  I always wait for sale times before I make my purchases-I save tons of money this way.



Clip Coupons
Clip Coupons to Save

3. Always look for coupons online– If you are looking for coupons online, do not limit yourself to the sites that offer the coupons that you want. There are many other sites that can provide you with great coupons that can save you money on things that you were planning to buy anyway.


Weekly Meal Planner
Weekly Meal Planner

4. Create a meal plan for the week– Do this before you do your shopping. My goodness, you have no idea how much time this will save you! You can print a meal planner off the internet for free.


Grocery List
Grocery List

5. Make a detailed grocery list from your meal plan– This way when you get to the grocery store you want be trying to figure out what you need for the week. Such a big time saver and this will help you to save money because you want be buying unnecessary items you really didn’t need. You can print these off the internet for free.


Freezer Meals
Freezer Meals

6. Another time saver- Make freezer meals ahead of time . This is a big time saver especially if you are a busy mom taking kids to and from school, taking them to play in sports, to practice, etc. You just set the frozen meal out for 20-30 minutes and pop it in the oven to cook for the time your recipe specifys.


Fruits And Veggies
Shop Fruits and Veggies First

7. Shop the perimeter of the store first-  Fruits, Vegetables, Dairy, Frozen Foods, and Meat sections, as these sections have fewer processed foods, preservatives, and more natural ingredients.


Weekly Savings
Shop Once a Week

8. Shop only once a week-  On the same day each week. By shopping regularly you will have a feel for how much you need to buy that week and you will also see how prices change on a weekly basis which is helpful when you are watching your spending.


Lady Buying Toilet Paper
Buying in Bulk

9. Buy in bulk- When it makes sense or buy generic when possible. My husband and I share vegetables, soups, bread, toilet paper, paper towels, etc. when we buy in bulk with family members which helps us all save money. And they do the same for us.


Onions And Garlic
Onions and Garlic

10. Use a mix for part of the recipe-Oftentimes a mix will be cheaper than buying all of the ingredients separately. While you can use a mix for half of a recipe, adjust the other ingredients accordingly. You can also substitute alternative ingredients for featured ones. If a recipe calls for onions or garlic that are out of season, or if you just don’t have any on hand, try using shallots or garlic powder instead.


There you have it. I hope you enjoyed Baking With Donna: 10 Ways to Save Money and Time as much as I enjoyed sharing this with you. Maybe this will help you as much it has me.

I would love to know if you tried this and how much it helped you. Do you have anything to contribute to my 10 ways to save money and time? If you do please share below.

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy👩‍🍳

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8 Things Bakers Wish They Knew When They Started Baking

Howdy, ya’ll, I am going to discuss with you 8 things bakers wish they knew when they started baking. Are you ready?

Cookie Dough
Cookie Dough

#1. You need a little extra dough.

When you are baking, there are instances when you will need to use more dough than the recipe calls for. This is especially true when it comes to cookies. If you are making chocolate chip cookies, you will need to use more dough than what the recipe calls for in order to make all of your cookies about the same size. If you use too much dough for your mold, just use the extra dough and make a few smaller cookies or roll it out and create your own cookie cutter shapes.


Woman Forgot Something On Her Shopping List
Forgot Something on Grocery List

#2. You will always forget something.

Yes, unfortunately you will always forget something you need for your recipe. As long as I have been baking I forget stuff all of the time! So frustrating. Luckily my hubby is kind enough to go to the store for me and get what I need. But the good news is you can always be getting other things ready for your baking. You know, like measuring your ingredients, getting your pans oiled and floured, pre-heating the oven, etc.


#3. You will need extra stuff.

Collection of Pans
Collection of Pans

If you bake a lot of cakes like I do, especially around the holidays, you will definitely need more than 2 round pans for sure. That way you can get your cakes done even faster. I got tired of baking 2 layers and having to wait for the pans I was using for the next cake. Long story short, I basically have 2 of ever kind of pan I use so that I don’t run into this problem. I also have 3 sets of measuring cups, 3 sets of measuring spoons, several spatulas. It just makes baking for me easier.


#4. Please follow the recipe in order!

Follow the Recipe
Follow the Recipe

Trust me when I tell you to do this! If it tells you to mix the dry ingredients first, PLEASE do that. If it tells you to add one egg at a time and mix well before adding the next egg, better do it or I promise you bad things will happen to your cake! Like, it want rise like it should, it will be heavy and dense, and it want be moist and delicious. I know this sounds crazy, but the recipe is in steps for a reason. Just do it, ok? You will be glad you did in the end. There’s nothing worse than spending time and energy on a cake to have it flop and you have to start all over again. Plus it is a huge waste of your supplies like flour, sugar, oil, eggs, etc. you get the picture.


#5. Don’t open the oven!

The Sunken Cake
The Sunken Cake

Yep, you read that right. Don’t open the oven before the cake is done or it will sink in the middle. And you can’t fix that! Of course your kiddos will love it because they have a nice little unexpected snack. It’s always better to let it get done before you open the oven to avoid this mishap. Also, don’t let the kiddos run or stomp through the kitchen or it will make your cake sink in the middle as well. At least that’s what my mama always told me. And mama’s know best, right?🤔


#6. You will have lots of dirty dishes.

Dirty Dishes
Dirty Dishes

Yes, this is sooo true. But, luckily I have my hubby that is willing to help me clean up not only the dishes, but the kitchen. Let me tell you, I can make quiet a mess when I am baking, especially cakes. Give me flour and sugar and buddy it’s on. I just have to spill the flour and sugar when measuring them. My poor hubby went to the store for me (because of course I had forgotten something) and when he came back, he was like, “What in the world did you do?” There was flour from one side of my counter to the other! 😂 I said, “Well honey you know how I am with the flour and sugar, sorry!” Oh, I also get crap in the floor too.


#7. The cakes need to cool completely.

Cooling The Cakes
Cooling the Cakes

People, I promise you, you have to let the cake cool completely before you can apply the frosting or icing. It will run off if the cake is still the least bit warm. Guess who found out the hard way?😒 I know, live and learn I always say. Then I like to do a crumb coat, which is a thin layer of frosting, and put the cake in the fridge or freezer for about 20-30 minutes. This keeps all of those pesky crumbs out of your frosting. Then your cake will look wonderful.


#8. Don’t be hard on yourself.

If You Wait For Perfect You'll Never Get Anything Done!
If You Wait For Perfect…

Don’t be hard on yourself if you mess up. It’s ok. Just learn from your mistakes and keep on baking. I have been baking for years and still make mistakes. But guess what? The next time you will remember what you did wrong and correct it. Unfortunately that’s how we learn to be better bakers and become better at anything we do. We mess up, we learn and move on. So, enjoy baking and have fun with it!


I hope this helps you avoid some of the many mistakes I have made during my baking after all of these years.

I still make mistakes form time to time, but my love for baking outweighs the mistakes I have made and will continue to make. Like I said, just have fun with it and keep on baking.

Do you have any baking mistakes you would like to share with me? I would love to hear about them. I wish I could find some pictures, but I can’t. I’m sure they are some where. If I find them I will share.

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🍰

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the 6 best rolling pins

Assorted Rolling Pins

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A rolling pin is one of the essential tools that you are sure to need for your kitchen. This kitchen utensil is a necessity for those times when you want to roll dough, pastry, or any other ingredient. Whether you’re a hobby baker, a caterer, or a professional chef, there is a rolling pin out there perfect for you.

Rolling pins have been used for centuries now, and these days it is considered a must-have kitchen tool. It is important that you use the best rolling pin you can get for your kitchen because it can make a lot of difference to the end result.

These traditions and delicacies require a professional and special kind of rolling pin that has been made based on the needs of the baker.

Before you run out and purchase a rolling pin, there are some things you need to consider first:

  • Wooden Style- do you want the classic wooden rolling pin with handles or would you prefer a rod (which is made out of a single piece of material). There again it really depends on what you are using it for. For me, I prefer the wooden rolling pin with handles. I feel I have more control and it rolls out my cookie dough and pie dough wonderfully.
  • French Style- Is best used on delicate pastry dough. They are lighter and easier to move around for precise rolling.
  • Marble Style- Generally the marble style is best used on doughs that have butter in them that are meant to stay cold, however, marble is very heavy and can be costly.
  • Plastic Style- Is much easier to clean up because they are usually dishwasher safe, but does not last as long.
  • Steel Style- Is light in the weight department and easy to clean, but no where near as attractive as wood or marble.
  • Silicone Style- Is perfect for cookie dough, pizza dough, fondant dough, and many pasta’s. It has secure handles made of wood, so that you can apply maximum pressure to your dough’s. Very easy to clean up.

It all boils down to your preference of the style you would prefer to use. Like I stated earlier, I prefer the wooden rolling pin with handles. I have been using it for years. And trust me when I say years, and it looks as good as it did the day I bought it. It’s easy to clean and it is heat resistant.

Donna’s Top Picks

Farberware Classic Wood Rolling Pin, 17.75-Inch, Natural
Classic Wooden Rolling Pin

My Favorite Classic: Farberware Classic Wood Rolling Pin

$9.99 on Amazon

This one is by far my favorite one! This classic wooden rolling pin has the right to be at the top of the rolling pin chain. The wooden ones have been around for years and prove that they are still better at getting the job done. Rolls dough out easily and evenly while making clean up a breeze. Although you can’t stick it in the dishwasher, all you need to do is use a little soap and wipe it dry.


French Style Rolling Pin
French Style Rolling Pin

French Style: Kerryyoung Wooden Rolling Pin

$9.95 on Amazon

This rolling pin is made out of rubber wood for long-lasting durability with a classic French design. It is made for use in your home or in restaurants for tough heavy-duty jobs every day. You can use this pastry rolling pin it to roll out cookie dough, pizza dough, fondants and much more.


Marble Style: Fox Run Polished Marble

Fox Run Polished Marble Rolling Pin

$20.99 on Amazon

With the marble style, besides it’s beautiful elegant look, helps keep your dough cool while you roll it out with ease. Can be used to roll out cookie dough, pizza dough, bread dough, and much more. Very easy to clean up since the dough will not stick to it’s slick service. Comes with a decorative wooden stand for display in your kitchen.



Wilton Large Fondant Rolling Pin
Wilton Large Plastic Rolling Pin

Wilton Large Plastic Rolling Pin

$29.19 on Amazon

Wilton large plastic (fondant) rolling pin is great for rolling out large amounts of fondant for a tired cake. It’s also great for rolling out cookie dough, and pastry dough. Comes with guided color-coded rings to help you get the perfect thickness every time. Because of it’s smooth slick surface clean up is a snap.


KitchenAid Gourmet Rolling Pin, One Size, Red
KitchenAid Gourmet Rolling Pin

Kitchen Aid Gourmet Rolling Pin

$19.52 on Amazon

This elegant rolling pin by Kitchen Aid is ideal for rolling out your thickest cookie dough, pizza dough, biscuit dough, and pie dough. It has an extra-wide carbon steel barrel with a non-stick coating to help you get the job done. Clean up? It’s a breeze. No dish washer though, you will need to hand wash with mild detergent, rinse, and dry immediately.


NASNAIOLL Silicone Rolling Pin
NASNAIOLL Silicone Rolling Pin

NASNAIOLL Silicone Rolling Pin Non-stick Surface

$11.99 on Amazon

This silicone rolling pin by Nasnaioll is great for rolling out cookie dough, pastries, hand made noodles, pizza dough, fondants and other pasta’s. Light-weight, but durable. Made with food-grade a non-stick silicone material to last for many years and it makes clean up easy. Can be put in the top rack of a dish washer, but hand washing is highly recommend. Plus you get a smaller rolling pin for your little bakers, so you can teach the kiddo’s how to roll out cookie dough for fun time with family. (Check out DONNA’S BEST HOLIDAY BUTTER COOKIES ).


I think any one of the above rolling pins would be great for you, but I guess I’m old school because I still prefer the Classic Wooden one.👩‍🍳

Which one or one’s do you think you will be getting? Let me know what you think. I would love to know. Do you have a question about baking? Just ask me and I will do my very best to answer you.

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🥧🍪

donna@bakingwithdonna.com

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I don’t know about you but I love apple pie. There’s is nothing like a moist delicious apple pie with vanilla ice cream on top. Are you ready to find out how to make the perfect pie filling?

I have to admit, I don’t make apple pie very often. But when I do make it, it’s a showstopper. And that’s because I’m not using a store-bought pie filling. Nope, when I bake an apple pie, I make my own filling from scratch. It’s really easy to do and the taste is way better than the stuff in a jar or can.

Baking is something that I have loved since I was a child. As a matter of fact, my first memory of what I wanted to be when I grew up was a baker. Even though the process of baking is part science and part art, there are some tricks that you can use to ensure that you have a perfect pie every time.

When you are making your pie filling, start with about 6 or 7 apples. The more apples that you use the more moisture your pie will have. We want to make sure that there is a nice layer of apples in our pie so cut them into small pieces before you add them to the bowl.

I like to cut mine up into bite size pieces. It makes it so much easier to cut and eat. Along with making your pie filling homemade, don’t forget to check out my recipe for DONNA’S “NEVER FAIL PIE CRUST” for the best and only pie crust recipe you will ever need. I promise!

5 TIPS TO THE PERFECT PIE FILLING

  1. Always use 6-7 sweet and tart apples like Honey Crisps, Granny Smith, Gala, Pink Lady, Golden Delicious, McIntosh, Red and Delicious. Sense I only use 6, I use 3 sweet and 3 tart. Makes an awesome pie.
  2. For 6 cups of apples you will need about 5 medium sized apples. You will probably have a little bit left over. Now you have a healthy snack.
  3. To avoid your crust from becoming soggy, you need to invest in a pizza stone. I just recently found out about this and it is amazing. You will get a evenly baked pie crust that will not be soggy. Pizza stones are inexpensive and worth every penny!
  4. To prevent your pie filling from becoming to watery, make sure you have your pie crust ready to fill right after you get through mixing the filling up. The longer the pie filling sits the watery it gets.
  5. I prefer ceramic deep dish pie plates because I love thick pies. So, yummy.

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🥧

donna@bakingwithdonna.com

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If you are in need of a deep dish pie plate, no worries Amazon has them. This beautiful one below is shown in red, but there are several colors to choose from.

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Baking with Donna—How to Make the Perfect Pie Crust

Perfect Pie Crust
Perfect Pie Crust

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When people ask me what is my favorite dessert, I never give them a clear answer because I love them all! For me, no dessert beats a piece of pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It’s the ultimate comfort food.

However, pie making can be daunting for some. It’s not easy to make a perfect pie in one try. So I’m here to help!

The type of pie you’re making will largely affect the crust you make. There are different crusts for different pies. Shortcrust pastry is flaky and buttery, perfect for custard pies, such as lemon meringue, and fruit pies such as Apple or cherry. The best part about this pastry is that it’s very forgiving. The shortcrust pastry will turn out perfect even if you don’t follow instructions properly. On the other hand, American-style pie crust has an extra layer of fat between the crust and the filling to keep it moist and tender.

There are many ways to make pie crusts, but this one is by far my favorite. I think it makes a better crust than almost any other way, and it takes less time. I like to use this recipe for making fruit filling with a lattice top.

Today you are going to learn how to make the perfect pie crust that comes out soft, flakey, and delicious! You won’t have to throw away any more pies, because they came out hard or tough. The pie crust recipe I am sharing with you today will make the perfect pie crust every time. I have the best tips for making this pie crust and would like to share them with you.

Tried and True Tricks for a Soft Flakey Pie Crust

  1. For a tender flakey crust, you will want to use a glass pie plate or if you prefer aluminum make sure they are dull and not shiny. Shiny pie plates reflect heat and the results are a soggy bottom pie crust. 😝
  2. I just recently learned an awesome way to a perfectly even cooked golden pie crust every time. Are you ready for it? A pizza stone! You read this correctly, a pizza stone. I promise you they are not that expensive at all and well worth the money. You will never have Soggy Pie Crust Again! You set your pie plate right on the stone and let it works its magic.
  3. You should measure your flour by first stirring a bit before you put it in your measuring cup. Over fill your measuring cup and then sweep the excess flour off with a curved spatula or you can use the flat edge of a butter knife.
  4. To prevent puffing up of the pastry while baking it, thoroughly prick holes in the bottom and sides.
  5. To prevent your dough from becoming tough, do not overwork it! Handle it as little as possible.
  6. If you would like to flute the edges of your pastry simply place thumb and index finger about 1 inch apart on outside of raised edge. Use your other index finger to push pastry toward outside, continuing around edge. Repeating this motion will form a beautiful edge. You can also take the tines of a fork and press down on the edges all away around the pastry to form another unique design.

Some people think that making a homemade pie crust is a big deal, but honestly, it’s not and I promise you it will be well worth the effort.

Homemade pie crust tastes so much better than the store-bought ones. It is soft, flakey, and oh so delicious. Besides, the pie crust recipe I am about to give only has 4 ingredients! And it is for Single Crust, Double Crust, and Deep Dish Double Crust. Which happens to be my favorite.

If you follow my above tips, you will be making delicious pie crust that your family will rave about. Now that you know the tricks, get baking!😉

To get the recipe go to DONNA’S “NEVER FELL PIE CRUST” for your best Apple Pie ever!

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy🥧

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P. S. Before you go…

I have a product for you if you want to make a beautiful pie crust. I have one it’s called A Pie Crust Silicone Protector. I wished I would have known about this years ago! If you want to shop online for one, go to Amazon and get you one. Great investment! Here’s a picture of what it looks like.

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Have You Ever Asked the Question, “Which Flour Should I Use?”

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If you have ever asked the question, “Which Flour Should I Use?” Trust me you are not alone. Today we are going to focus on Self-Rising Flour, Plain Flour, and Cake Flour.

Why does it matter which flour I use?

I was recently asked this question and immediately thought, “It depends on what I’m making.”

For one recipe it could be all-purpose flour, and another time it could be self-rising or cake flour. But why do I need to use a specific flour for each recipe? This is a simple answer, but worth exploring. Each type of flour is treated differently during the manufacturing process. From the type of wheat used, storage containers, amount of moisture during processing, milling process, and final packaging; each changes the characteristics of the flour. If you didn’t treat each type of flour differently they would not be able to perform their jobs in the recipes you are trying to make.

With many brand-name flours to choose from, it’s easy to become confused. Which flour do I use? Which one is the best? Do I really need 3 different flours?

Unfortunately, when it comes to bread making and cake baking, there is no “best” flour. But we can learn a lot by understanding the differences between them. Let’s take a look at three commonly available flours that bakers need to know about: Self-Rising Flour, Plain Flour, and Cake Flour. Now that being said, after years of baking, I do have my favorites that I will share with you later on in this post.

In this article, we are going to help you learn about each of these types of flour and the best way to use them so that your desserts will be perfect.

Flour is a staple ingredient in my kitchen

 I use at least one type of flour in almost all my cooking and baking. And as with all things, I’m sure I’m not the only one who has ever asked the question, “Which flour do I use?”

Let’s take a look at the three main flours for any baker to have in their kitchen:

  1. Self-Rising Flour: Self-rising Flour is a mixture of flour and leavening agents. In the United States, this type of flour is marketed under the names: Self-Rising Flour, Self-Rising Cake Flour, or All-Purpose Flour. In other countries, it’s called Self-raising Flour or Raising Flour.
  2. Plain Flour: is exactly as the name implies. It is plain and does not contain any leavening agents. It is a good choice for items that you do not want to rise such as roux or batter for fried foods. 
  3. Cake Flour: Cake flour is a soft flour with low protein content, typically 12-15%. It produces tender cakes as a result of its low protein content.

Let’s take a look at what each one is best used for:

  • Self-Rising Flour is best used for: (low protein) products that should be light, like biscuits, pie crust and most cakes.
  • Plain Flour is best used for: (medium protein) products that will be handled during baking like, cakes, cookies, and pie crust. Personally I like plain flour best for my pie crust.
  • Cake Flour: (high protein) for products that should be tender and fine like angel food cake, or sponge cake and pound cake.

Now that you are educated on these three flours, get baking! Let me know what you think. Leave me a comment below, I would love to hear from you!

Happy Baking,

Donna Kennedy👩‍🍳

donna@bakingwithdonna.com

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