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Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer – Washes

These simple little tips are the secrets behind giving your breads shine and color. Find out more on today’s Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer!

Making bread dough can be a little scary to the novice.  All that proofing, mixing, kneading, punching, rolling, shaping, forming, lamenting and washing.  Washing?  Yeah, washing. Have you ever gone into a bakery and see those gorgeous golden loaves of breads?  They shine like glass. They have deep colors of golden brown. Want to know how that happens?  It’s honestly all about that wash.

So a wash in baking terms is something that is brushed on something prior to baking or immediately after it’s done baking to produce a specific desired outcome.  Typically this is an egg wash, milk wash, bun syrup or butter baste wash. They all are applied to the dough before baking and depending on what you use, the outcome differs.

Egg wash – An egg wash consists of either the whole egg beaten with a trace amount of water or just the egg white with some water. It’s beaten until frothy and then brushed on the dough prior to baking.  While it bakes it starts to produce a glorious shine. Now if you only use the egg whites you’ll get a clear shine.  If the yolks are used too you’ll get a more golden shine.

Give your dough a good wash for a beautiful result!

Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer – Sticking to your new year’s resolution

On this week’s Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer I’m sharing with you some simple tips to help you stick with your new year’s resolution of living a healthier lifestyle.

Okay one week done in the new year, bring on week 2.  How are you doing with your new year’s resolutions to live a healthier lifestyle?  Just remember take one day at a time.  I know it sounds cliche but honestly it works.  Now I know it can be frustrating at times especially when you go to the gym and you have to stand in line to take a class or use a machine.  It’s easy to say ‘forget it’ and give up but don’t.  The first 6 weeks of the new year gyms are RIDICULOUSLY packed however come week 7 it starts to thin out and by the end of February it’s back to the normal gym crew that chose to make a lifestyle change rather than a “resolution to lose a few pounds”. Hey I’m not knocking them – I’m all for exercise and making better choices but what I don’t want to see is you becoming another stat of those that cancel their membership come March. You go this!

Now before I go let me state that by no means am I a health expert nor in tip top shape.  I got jiggle and flubadub but I’m working on that – it’s a lifelong process but it’s one that’s in the right direction. So the tips I share with you guys are ones that work for me and have worked for the past 10 years.

Here are some of my tips that work for me and hopefully will work for you.!

You got this! Don’t give up!

Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer – New Year Kitchen Tips

Okay it’s the new year so let’s start with a new, clean slate.   On today’s Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer  I’m sharing with you some of my favorite kitchen tips to kick start the new year off on the right foot!

No resolutions, no wish lists – just small, ATTAINABLE goals that you can meet with simple dedication and perseverance.  Perhaps you want to lose some weight or manage your time better. Maybe you want to take a vacation this year so start now on saving.  These are things that I do and honestly, for me, work.  Maybe they’ll work for you too.

Time Management – so how can a recipe site help you out with time management?  Easy!  When you make a recipe, double it or triple it.  When it’s done simply divide the leftover into freezer meals.  So on those nights when you’re pressed for time and you’re fretting about dinner.  Don’t fret and don’t order out.  Just reach in your freezer for a home cooked meal and relax. You got this!

These kitchen tips have helped me out for years. Hopefully they help you out too!

Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer – Last Minute New Years Eve Appetizers

Ring in the New Year with these easy but delicious appetizers! Have a glass of bubbly in one hand and a snack in the other!

Now, now it’s time to celebrate – kick the old year out the door and ring in the new year with open arms and an open mind. As my Dad used to say “the future is yours kid, make your dreams happen!” These days my New Years Eve celebrations no longer include the late night party hopping from one bar/house to another.  No longer are there the midnight kisses with strangers (wha???), copious amounts of libations and drunk 2am texts.  Now I’m completely content either staying home with Mr. Fantabulous or a few close friends or going to their house.  No longer do I need to worry about how my make up looks, my hair, my shoes or how we’re going to get home.  Nope – now it’s all about ringing in the new year with comfort, good food and great friends.

Whether you’re hosting a party or going to one, forget the huge meals – go with finger foods and appetizers.  Party foods aren’t meant for a fork and knife.  Today I’ve gathered for you some really awesome appetizers to turn your NYE festivities into true deliciousness!

Ring in the New Year with Deliciousness!

Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer – How to tell when brownies are done!

Are you a fudgie brownie lover or do you prefer that cake-like texture?  On today’s Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer I’m giving the basics on how to tell when brownies are done!

So my house is a house divided… that is when it comes to brownies. I prefer a denser, cake-like brownie that is rich and firm with a deep chocolate flavor.  However Mr. Fantabulous, he’s all about that fudge texture.  He wants ’em fudgy, almost unbaked-like and soft.  Now don’t get me wrong I’m certainly not going to turn my nose up at ‘his’ however when I’m making brownies for me I prefer my style and let the frosting or ganache be the ‘gooey’ part versus the actual brownie itself.

Cake-like brownies contain less fat (butter or oil), have more eggs (or at least more yolks – this is what lends to its richness) and more flour.  This is what gives them their height and firmness. The texture has a tighter crumb as well.  Fudgy brownies get their consistency from more fat, less flour and less eggs.  The butter is melted instead of put in cold. They tend to also have a bit more chocolate in them.  Their texture is more gooey and soft. But what about Chewy brownies?  Yeah so to be honest I never understood this type of brownie.  It’s just …weird.  But if that’s what you’re into just add more eggs and use bread flour instead of ap flour.  The higher gluten in the bread flour will also give you that chewy texture.

While both types of brownies contain the same ingredients, the proportions vary greatly.
Which school of brownies do you follow – cake or fudgy?

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