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Bake Tom Colicchio’s Parker House Rolls for Thanksgiving

Parker House rolls at Colicchio and Sons restaurantTom Colicchio wrote a great article in the November issue of Saveur Magazine about the Parker House rolls they serve at his Colicchio and Sons restaurant in New York City. Parker House rolls are delicate, slightly sweet yeast rolls that melt in your mouth.

While the recipe is a rather simple milk enriched yeast roll, Colicchio adds a couple spins to the recipe.

Eden Foods Organic Barley Malt
While most recipes call for a small amount of sugar, we add malt syrup, a natural sweetener made from sprouted barley that I think tastes more interesting than plain sugar, lending caramel and molasses undertones to the flavor of the bread.
Bread Winner – Tom Colicchio

Colicchio also uses a cast iron skillet instead of the traditional pan for baking the rolls.

The main difference between classic Parker House rolls and the ones that I serve is the shape: most traditional recipes call for cutting the dough into rolls with a round or oval biscuit cutter and folding them in half like a taco; mine are formed into balls and baked in groups of six in cast-iron baking dishes. Mario Batali Rectangular Side Dish, Persimmon
The cast iron gets hot enough to give the rolls a good exterior crust, and clustering them prevents the bread from drying out. Since cast iron retains heat, it also keeps the rolls warm over the course of a meal—though if your Thanksgiving table is anything like ours, it’s unlikely that they’ll stick around that long.
Bread Winner – Tom Colicchio

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Decorate your cakes like Norm Abram

Ask a manly man about woodworking and they’ll immediately think of Norm Abram’s
masterfully converting a log into a shaker inspired table. Norm’s a master builder with a garage filled to the rafters with the best tools.

Table saws, reciprocating saws, nail guns, and planers are great fun. But nothing is as cool as a router. Routers magically transform square blocks into groovy and swoopy masterpieces.

Wilton 2104-12 Icing Sculptor Set with Handle and 64 Design Blades

This sculptor set is like a router for cake decorating. Why settle for a flat cake when you can create a New Yankee work of art.

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Bake a traditional Norwegian Kransekake cake

The kransekake cake is a traditional Norwegian cake served for special occasions, such as weddings and Christmas. These cake forms allow you to create the individual rings that are stacked to generate the cake.

Kransekake Forms for Norwegian Wedding Cake

Here’s a recipe for Kransekake by Norway Hei



Preheat oven to 300°F. (150°C.)

Whip egg whites some, but not until foamy. Gradually add powdered sugar and egg whites to ground almonds. Work dough until pliable. Wrap dough in plastic and keep in fridge overnight. It will be easier to work with chilled dough.

Sprinkle forms lightly with cream of wheat or farina. Form dough into rolls the size of your finger and place into ring-shaped forms.

This recipe will make 18 rings, which is standard.

Bake for 20 minutes in middle of oven. Let rest a few minutes before taking cakes out of forms.

Visit the site to get more information on how to serve the cake – Kransekake – Norway Hei

Watch this family enjoy their Kransekake

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Celebrate 60 years of bundt cakes with this anniversary edition pan

Sixty years ago the world changed… for the better. One day the world was dark, somber, gray, and boring. Then one day a new cake came out of the oven. Poodles jumped for joy, housewives rejoiced, and little kittens began playing with balls of string.

Now you can celebrate this glorious event by throwing your old Bundt pan into the recycling bin and buying this special edition pan. It’s got the larger original dimensions, handles for easily removing it from the oven, and a beautiful non-stick finish that  leaves sharp edges on your cake.

Nordic Ware Platinum Collection Original Bundt Pan

You can still get the older finish with pretty colors to make these fabulous cakes.
Nordic Ware The Original 12 Cup Bundt Pan Assorted Colors

Bundt Cake Bliss: Delicious Desserts from Midwest Kitchens has a veritable plethora of Bundt cake recipes.

Bundt Cake Bliss: Delicious Desserts from Midwest Kitchens

Betty shows you how to level that curvy cake:

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Pop on over for a popover

Thelmas popoversPopovers are a culinary miracle. They are created by pouring a batter into a tall muffin pan and watching it rise above the lip. Inside you’ll find it moist and custardy.

The popover pan

Popovers require special pans that let the crust develop while the interior stays soft. The standard pan has cups suspended from a wire shelf.
Chicago Metallic Gourmetware Nonstick 6-Cup Popover Pan

NordicWare has an interesting variation on the popover pan. The cast aluminum pan also makes great muffins and yorkshire pudding.

Nordic Ware English Popover Pan

Popover Recipe

Popovers have a fairly basic recipe. This recipe from Worth the Whisk is as simple as it gets

Thelma’s Popovers

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs, room temperature

Mix all ingredients.  Put in well-greased muffin pans* half full.  Bake 400 degrees F. for 35 minutes.

Thelma’s Popovers

The Barefoot Contessa also offers a foolproof popover mix.
Barefoot Contessa Foolproof Popover Mix 12.5 oz.

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