10 Tips For Perfect Pie Crust Every Time

Getting pie crust right every time can be a struggle, even for the most experienced bakers. Perhaps you are asking yourself: what could be so hard about this? Well, it's true that pie crust can be tricky. Baking is a science, and you can't deviate too far from the formulas. Here are the most common problems: Your dough is too crumbly. It breaks when you press it in the pan. It shrinks when it bakes. It's pale and underbaked. It's too tough. The bottom is soggy. Avoiding these problems is easier than you think. Here are 10 pro tips for creating the perfect pie crust (almost) every time: Keep it cold. Gluten is the enemy of tender flakiness, and cold is the enemy of gluten. Keep ingredients

Amazon: Primed And Ready To Take Whole Foods To The Next Level

Here at The Country Oven we are all about foods that bring people closer to their homemade roots. Remember when the stuff we ate contained ingredients we could pronounce? Well, we have this core value in common with Whole Foods, the nation's largest retailer of natural and organic consumables. And what's going on with Whole Foods? Well. in case you haven't yet heard. it was purchased by Amazon in August for over $13 billion, and the retail food industry is abuzz with the possibilities. What will Amazon do with this new holding? Well, they've already cut prices on many items by up to 43% . But that is apparently just the beginning. Enter Prime. Or more specifically, Prime Now, Amazon's 2-hou

Pillsbury Bake-Off Is Back!

First launched in 1949, the Pillsbury Bake-Off has long been one of the most anticipated events in the baking universe. In 2017, after a 4-year hiatus, the Bake-Off is back. Entries are being accepted starting this October, and the winner will be announced in February 2018. And what are the baking gurus at Pillsbury looking for? Well, in their own words, "We are in search of the best made-at-home recipes, and the heartfelt, funny, crazy family stories behind them!" While some of us would rather not make public the "crazy family stories", others out there probably won't mind doing this for the chance to win $1 million. If you are interested, here are the basic rules: 1. Bakers must use at le

Top 5 Baking Tips For Beginners

Whatever it is we are doing, we all had to start somewhere. And, when it comes to baking, most people would agree that the best place to start is at the beginning. Learning best practices right off the bat leads to better results, which leads to the confidence to continue--and enjoy it! So, we bring you our top 5 baking tips for beginners--in no particular order of importance: 1. Get your butter right. The biggest factor affecting your butter's performance is temperature. This can dramatically affect the texture of baked goods. All recipes call for butter that is either softened, melted or chilled. Softened (room temperature) butter creates a light and fluffy batter when beaten with sugar.

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