Whole Wheat Flour vs. White Flour


White Flour OR Whole Wheat Flour???

If you are thinking about changing your diet, and you want to notice some big changes, I suggest you look closer at the flours that you use in your everyday baked goods. One day, while in the kitchen, I asked myself “what if I started using whole wheat flour in some of my recipes?” In an attempt to make my recipes healthier this year, I have had to start substituting certain ingredients to make them friendlier to the health conscious consumer. As I was thinking about how this would affect my baked goods, I ended doing some research into the real differences between enriched white flour and whole wheat flour. The research was eye opening. Some of the following information may effect how you bake from now on, so read carefully! Continue reading


White Chocolate Orange Creamsicle Cookies


If you haven’t ever tried combining orange drink mix (gatorade, powerade) with flour, butter, and white chocolate than you better try these white chocolate creamsicle cookies! I have to be honest, at first glance, this recipe did not look too appealing to me. My initial thought was, “how could you even attempt such a disgusting cookie recipe?” Well, just like me, you will quickly find out that you are wrong. These orange creamsicle, dreamsicle cookies are delicious, sweet, and simple. I have to give a shout out to Denise Parker for enlightening me with this recipe. Not only did she supply me with the dry ingredients, but she gave them to me in a jar as a gift! Continue reading

Spicy and Delicious Mexican Cornbread


Craving some extra spice in your life? Today is your chance, if you gather the energy to bake this delicious spicy Mexican style cornbread. Not only does it involve a little more spice than your average cornbread, it incorporates Corn and Chile Salsa from Trader Joe’s, pepper jack cheese, and a red bell pepper! Continue reading

Dark Chocolate Pistachio Cherry Cookies


It’s not everyday that I feel like baking cookies. But today is a special day. I am in a great mood because I got a speeding ticket lowered by $50! All I had to do was to show up to court and ask if it could be lowered. Request granted. Continue reading

German Chocolate Cake History and Recipe


People are often misled by the name “German Chocolate Cake.” Many think the cake is a German specialty brought over to North America by a German immigrant, many moons ago. I am here to tell you that story is not true and that in fact, German Chocolate Cake has nothing to do with the country of Germany at all. Continue reading

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Oreo Cookies


Santa Barbara really brought the best out of The Male Baker. Seriously, all that sun and all those wonderful people just made my baking mind tick! One day, I found some unopened Candy Cane Joe Joe’s (Trader Joe’s style Oreo’s from the States) left over from Christmas and decided to make cookies out of them. Instead of searching for a recipe online or in a baking book, I opted to use my memory bank and make these cookies from scratch. Crazy thing is that they turned out! I grabbed all sorts of ingredients from the pantry and threw in all different goodies including cocoa powder, dark chocolate chips, Candy Cane Joe Joe’s, kosher salt, and even some whole wheat flour.

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