Don't Let Your Baked Goods Fall Flat This Holiday Season

Jack Bishop & Bridget Lancaster

This article, entitled "Don't Let Your Baked Goods Fall Flat This Holiday Season," is presented by Cook's Illustrated.

It’s almost that time of year again—holiday pies, cookies, cakes, and breads are right around the corner. But as fun as baking can be, it can also shake the confidence of the most steely-nerved cook.

Once your biscuits, pie, or cheesecake is in the oven (or, rather, in the pan), all bets are off. Why? Baking is essentially chemistry. Success doesn’t just depend on the right mix of ingredients; it also relies on proportion, mixing method, and temperature—all of which need to work in harmony to produce a perfect tall and fluffy biscuit, a handsome loaf of fine-crumbed pound cake, or a plate of thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies.

Make this year’s baked goods the very best they can be with baking basics from the experts at America’s Test Kitchen.

In the video below, Jack Bishop and Bridget Lancaster, both cast members of America’s Test Kitchen, the most watched cooking show on public television, will show you how to perfect holiday classics with tips from their new book—The Cook’s Illustrated Baking Book: Baking Demystified with 450 Foolproof Recipes from America’s Most Trusted Food Magazine.

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