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How to avoid baking mistakes

What in the wide tarnation is better on a winter's day than the smell of something sweet baking in your oven? OK, world peace, I suppose.

Oh, and justice. Justice for everyone. Justice and world peace are better than nice smells, then, but, seriously, that's about it.

Let's spend a little time talking a bit about baking, then. Namely, why it's so easy to screw it up and what are some steps we can take to give ourselves a fighting chance.


Baking's not like savory cookery, where you can fix stuff as you go along. "Taste. Analyze. Adjust. Taste." That's what we tell our culinary students over at Kendall College. But, with baking and pastry, there's

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