5 Holiday Baking Shows You Don't Want To Miss

I'll admit that I'm somewhat addicted to baking shows. And this is my favorite time of year for gorging on these delightful little morsels of holiday entertainment. Is it the anticipation of seeing the final result of someone's creativity? The tension I feel when the cupcakes are a disaster and the clock is down to 15 minutes? Or the ideas I get from watching? All three, for sure. If you're like me and can't get enough cake-making fun, check out my top 5 baking show picks for this holiday season: 1. Holiday Baking Championship Food Network Mondays 9pm EST Who doesn't love a baking competition? This one follows the standard formula, where contestants are up against a time limit, a theme, (o

Failure Is Not An Option: The Beginner's Guide To Gluten-Free Holiday Baking

The recent efforts of a German baking company to create crumb-free bread for the International Space Station reminds us of the importance of not screwing up the holiday baking. In both cases failure is not an option, as the consequences can be dire. We all know that holiday baking is often stressful. But if you are one of an increasing number of hosts who now have to accommodate gluten-free guests, it can be downright frightening. What if you have never successfully baked anything gluten-free before? Do not be discouraged. Gluten-free holiday baking may be an intimidating venture but it doesn't have to be the epic fail that all of us fear. Here are some things for beginners to keep in mind:

7 Essential Tips For (Nearly) Stress-Free Holiday Baking

Anyone familiar with the Scouts knows that their motto is "Be Prepared". Specifically, "by having thought out beforehand any accident or situation that might occur, so that you know the right thing to do at the right moment, and are willing to do it". Baking for the holidays very much reminds us of the type of situation to which this motto applies. Holiday entertaining can be stressful. And we're not just talking about the relatives who drive you crazy. The good news? A little preparation helps a ton. Here are 7 essential tips for (nearly) stress-free holiday baking: Tip #1: Make ahead One of the best ways to prepare for holiday baking is to make some things in advance, It's a huge time sav

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