BakerSNam

I love baking and think I have good instincts when it comes to flavor and presentation, but I would like to learn more about basic food techniques.
Bread Pudding
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Strawberry Dream Cake I
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Vanilla Cupcake
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Apple Pie by Grandma Ople
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This is indeed one tasty pie. A few suggestions: 1) Make sure to cook the apples thoroughly. My apples were a little too crunchy when the pie was done. Next time I might cook the apples in the sugar mixture before I put it in the pie (and definitely "toss" the apples with the mixture instead of just pouring over). 2) I added the spices as others recommended and it was definitely better this way (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, etc.). 3) You don't need 8 apples, it's more like 6 (MAYBE 7). I had a bunch of apple filling left over.

Zucchini Brownies
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these...are...SO..GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The texture is unbelievable and actually, better than other recipes which use eggs. I accidentally "pureed" half of the zucchini, and the rest I shredded and the consistency was good. Also, I didn't make the frosting so I don't know how they would have been with it, however they stand alone just fine without. YUM!!!

Chocolate Chip Meringue Drops
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I used this recipe omitting the cocoa powder. Word to the wise: make sure all the utensils/cookware are clean and grease-free, otherwise your eggs won't reach the right consistency. I even wiped all of the stuff with a little vinegar beforehand to make sure there was no grease. Also, if you can't handle too much sugar, I'd cut the sugar just a bit as it was a smidge too sweet for my taste.

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Homemade Banana Pudding Pie
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1) REDUCE THE SUGAR!!!!!!!!!! Way too sweet the way is, even after I reduced it, I wish I would have reduced it some more because it was super-sweet. 2) I suggest following another merengue recipe for the topping, as someone suggesting, adding cream of tartar helps it to reach the right consistency. 3) Unless you're okay with more of a "pudding" than a "pie", I would suggest using a ready-made pie crust. The vanilla wafers don't hold too well as a crust (but it is delicious). 4) Make sure you cook the pudding long enough so that it's nice and thick. I think mine was a little too runny and I wish I would have cooked it just a bit longer.

Tiramisu
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Absolutely delicious! Guaranteed crowd-pleaser! A couple of suggestions: 1) Definitely up the amount of coffee/rum for the ladyfingers. 2) Definitely make this two days in advance. I've made it the day of, the day before, and I think two is the magic number (though it seems to taste so good in the days following too!). 3) I'd wait until the day of to sprinkle the cocoa on top, otherwise it gets soaked up by the cream and turns into a dark color.

Janet's Rich Banana Bread
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I would reduce the sugar a little and not add the salt. Also, my bread burned on the outside but I had to keep it in for a little longer because the middle was not done. The taste was good though.

The Best Lemon Bars
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Very good! I followed other's suggestions to up the lemon juice (to about 3/4 cup or 5 lemons, which will make a very tart bar but that's the way I like it) plus the increased flour to balance it out (1/3 cup). Added the 1/4 tsp. of salt. Added the zest of 2 lemons. In the end I increased the ingredients by 50% and made it in my lasagna pan, and I thought the thickness of the bar was perfect this way. I also baked the bottom part first for at least 25 minutes (kept my eye on it until the edges were browned), cooled it, then added the lemon custard and baked it for at least 25 minutes, eying it again to see when it looked ready (slightly browned on the top). Next time I'll copy down the exact amount of time it took so I'll know for next time.

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