How To: Make the Perfect Macaron

The Guardian tests the best macaron-making techniques.


Bakers with Cork

Crate & Barrel's new Bakers with Cork line of white stoneware baking dishes nest in cork liners for bringing hot dishes directly from oven to table. Bakeware is dishwasher safe. Made in Portugal.

$24.95 for the square baker, $29.95 for the rectangular baker, and $39.95 for the lidded oval casserole at Crate & Barrel.


Automat Outrage

German bakers are outraged over the freshness claims of grocery store automats.


Gastromemes: The Cookie Splash

Cookie Splash (Desirée Delgado)

What's big on flickr? High-speed images of cookies splashing down into a cup of coffee, according to Bon Appetit.

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Gender Equality for Cupcakes

A new bakery caters to dudes who may like cupcakes, but bristle at pastel-hued frosting.


Swapping Olive Oil for Trans Fats

A Greek study has found that olive oil may be substituted in place of margarine and shortenings in cakes without affecting texture, flavor, or aroma.


Currently: Snowed In

No posting today. Just making no knead bread and tweeting about it.


A Tagine for the 21st Century

Slowcooker Called a Slow Cooker, Dutch designer Margriet Foolen's terracotta baker is really an updated version of the traditional Moroccan tagine.

Use it as you would as a traditional tagine and the white-glazed base, which has a heatproof silicone ring, can go straight from the oven to the table. Invert the device, and the top becomes a serving bowl, with lid.

$64 at the A+R Store.


No-Knead: The Book

Mybread Coming soon: My Bread: The Revolutionary No-Knead, No-Work Method, a baking book by Sullivan Street Bakery's Jim Lahey. The book detail's Lahey's now legendary technique for making "no-knead" bread and pizza, along with recipes for Sullivan Street standards like pizza bianca, desserts, and sandwiches. Due out on October 5, the book is available now for pre-order for $19.77 at (dutch oven sold separately).


I Scream, You Scream

Fun dessert idea: Michael Ruhlman's son and the chocolate chip cookie bowl sundae.