This AM, we began with chocolate chip cookies — we brown the butter using the Quick Bread mixing method instead of creaming it. Then let it sit with the sugar — when sugar dissolves completely it caramelizes better in oven. Yvonne, one of our editors, did her first show this year on Blueberry Muffins (made quick skillet jam as a flavoring). Did blackboard explanation of why one doesn’t use salted butter in baking — one stick of salted butter has about 1/2 teaspoon of table salt in it.
Yvonne, our best baker in the test kitchen, shows me how to make the Best Blueberry Muffins.
David Pazmino worked at ATK for years and now teaches cooking -- he came back to help us out during filming.
Erin, our test kitchen director, arguing yet another culinary point (and winning)!
I take to the blackboard to explain the salt content of salted butter: 1/2 teaspoon or so per stick.
We often show "bad food" during segments and have various examples ready to go before a recipe starts filming.