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  • How about a faster sandwich bread?

  • Question: I read your recipe for sourdough sandwich bread, but I want to make something faster. What about the new 5-minute recipes? Answer: I like the 5-minute recipes for some things, but I don’t think they’re a single solution to all my bread needs. (The 5-minute recipes call for stirring a very wet dough together, […]

  • What can I substitute for buttermilk?

  • Question: When recipes call for small amounts of buttermilk in baking, what can I use if I don’t have any on hand? Answer: It’s easy to make a substitution for buttermilk, so don’t let that hold you back. Just stir together 1/2 cup whole milk with either 1 1/2 teaspoons white vinegar or lemon juice, […]

  • What does it mean to cream butter?

  • Question: When a recipe tells you to cream butter (or cream butter and sugar together), what do I do? Answer: Creaming means to beat the dickens out of it. The butter should be at room temperature; if you haven’t planned ahead, heat the butter in the microwave until it just gives a bit when you […]