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Luisa and Rachel weigh in on baking protocol to sift fact from myth (shame on you, mom), share their 4th of July traditions and celebrate Sugar Cookie Day!
Rachel's Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies
Luisa's Butter cookies and Mandelbroit for Cookie Table
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Bonus Batch: More Myth Busting
Sugar only affects the taste of baked goods.
Actually, sugar also affects the smell and look of baked goods. When sniffing baked goods, you are often smelling caramelized sugar, which is also what gives baked goods their golden appearance.
Once you start whipping cream, you can’t stop.
As long as your cream doesn’t rise much in temperature during the pause, go ahead and take the phone call and then return to beating your cream.
It doesn’t matter what pan you use.
Absolutely false. Both pan size and the material of your pan can affect your bake. Sweets baked on dark metal brown, and burn faster.
Bread should be stored in the fridge.
Actually, the fridge may slow the rate your bread molds but it will make the bread go stale faster.
Shortening and butter are interchangeable based on preference.
Somewhat. Let’s look at cookies for example. Cookies baked with all butter tend to be flatter and crispier and the dough spreads a bit more. Cookies made with all shortening tend to be crumblier than their all butter counterparts.Shortening can make your frostings more stable but using all shortening sacrifices the butter flavor that’s an essential part of “butter”cream.