Ep 64: Nothing Says I Love You Like a Savory Pork Pie

February 19, 2018

Andrea is reporting back from the Cascadia Grains Conference and is excited about being part of the movement to revitalize the grain economy in the Pacific NW, and bake Whole Grain Digestive Biscuits.

Our hosts review the Pork, Apple and Cider Pie from Paul Hollywood's Pies and Puds cookbook. Andrea and Stefin had equal success, and both hosts agree that a side of mashed potatoes are absolutely essential for the delicious gravy that comes naturally with this pie.

Up next is Alton Brown's Shoo-Fly Pie, another pie from the popular 'desperation pie' or 'pantry pie' category. Be sure to read the instructions carefully on this one (or make it easy on yourself and use February's sponsor Pie Provisions Pie Crust mix!)

To wrap up this week's episode of Pie School, the hosts share their essential pie tools, including a pastry wheel, a tapered rolling pin, and, finally, a PieBox!

Bake along with Stefin and Andrea in their baking Facebook group, Preheated. You can find links to recipes on their baking website www.preheatedpodcast.com, as well as on their Pinterest page. You can also follow the hosts on Twitter and Instagram, using handle preheatedpod. Join the fun!

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Ep 63: Of Pies and Pearls

February 12, 2018

It's week two of Preheated's Second Annual Pie School, but before Stefin and Andrea call the roll, they're talking sweet treats for Valentine's Day and Mardi Gras. Stefin's recommending a Nutella-stuffed chocolate chipper (though not a Nutella-inspired grocery store riot) for the chocolate lovers in your life. Meantime, Andrea is fulfilling her Year of the Shortbread by making not one but two variations on London Fog Shortbread from Episode 61 -- a lemon version for Mardi Gras and a chocolate heart for her valentines -- and is trying out a mini loaf of King Arthur's Whole Grain Banana Bread. Up next the duo review the Butterscotch Pie with Curry Crust and decide that the incredibly delicious payoff is worth the challenge. (Tip: Read the recipe. Then read it again. Then rewrite it. Then begin.) Finally, Andrea and Stefin chat about Seattle "pie artist" Lauren Ko, recently featured in both The Seattle Times and the UK's Waitrose Weekend, before sharing their own somewhat simpler techniques for decorating homemade pies. (Family jewels not required.)

Bake along with Stefin and Andrea in their baking Facebook group, Preheated. You can find links to recipes on their baking website www.preheatedpodcast.com, as well as on their Pinterest page. You can also follow the hosts on Twitter and Instagram, using handle preheatedpod. Join the fun!

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Ep 62: Pie School is Back in Session!

February 5, 2018

Stefin and Andrea are back with their Second Annual Pie School! But before they take a deep dive under the top crust, Andrea updates Stefin on the "nourishing nibbles" she made using new-to-her maca. Did this "pleasant-tasting" powder delight this root-veg loving host? In other nutritional news, Stefin celebrates after losing a pound -- of wheat germ that is! Next up is the first pie of the month: Butterscotch Pie with Curry Crust. Will this unusual flavor combination prove delicious or just a delicious experiment? Turning to that pie essential, crust, both hosts share the recipes they're currently loving, and chat about variations, the options for blind baking (pie beans, pie weights or ... sugar?), and a reminder that pie doesn't have to be square (or perfect) to be a success. Finally, in the Language Lab, Andrea defines "short crust" while Stefin reads from a charming essay on (what else?) leaf-lard pastry.

Bake along with Stefin and Andrea in their baking Facebook group, Preheated. You can find links to recipes on their baking website www.preheatedpodcast.com, as well as on their Pinterest page. You can also follow the hosts on Twitter and Instagram, using handle preheatedpod. Join the fun!

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Ep 61.5 January Bonus: Chocolate Bundts and Blue Ribbons

January 29, 2018

January has five Mondays, so Andrea and Stefin are up with a sweet bonus episode! After discussing "functional food" trends in Episode 60, the hosts are seeing the them everywhere -- including their beloved Waitrose grocery-store newspaper and app. (Can you guess which host uses paper and which is digital?) 2018 is shaping up to be a busy year in London, with the royal wedding of Prince Harry to American actress Meghan Markle in May, as well as Stefin's hometown NFL team the Seattle Seahawks playing a game in the UK in October. Will Stefin get an invite to the wedding, and/or host a "boot"gate for the big game? Stay tuned! Next up, the duo discuss a Tale of Two Bundts -- Andrea attempted to convert the Contest Winning Moist Chocolate Cake to a gluten-free mini version with ... er ... interesting results. Stefin, however, thinks the recipe (as written) is a new TNT ("tried 'n' true"). Are you ready to celebrate National Hot Chocolate Day on January 31? You will be after listening to the hosts' tips for enjoying the seasonal beverage hot, cold or even frozen. Finally, the duo each award a coveted Preheated Blue Ribbon to the dessert they most enjoyed making this month. Will Classic Cream Puffs, Peanut Butter Pie, London Fog Shortbread or Contest Winning Moist Chocolate Cake take top honors?

Bake along with Stefin and Andrea in their baking Facebook group, Preheated. You can find links to recipes on their baking website, www.preheatedpodcast.com. Join the fun!

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Ep 61: London Fog Shortbread & Communal Ovens in Morocco

January 22, 2018

King Arthur has named their 2018 Recipe of the Year - a whole grain banana bread that we're sure Preheaters would love to try. Both our hosts rave about the London Fog Shortbread from Oleanerandpalm.com which is a sophisticated cookie that uses loose Earl Grey tea leaves and produced a crisp and buttery shortbread with a unique flavor. This week's bake along is a Contest Winning Moist Chocolate Cake from Taste of Home. It's a one bowl recipe in a bundt that should be a quick and delicious cake, and Andrea is very excited about the coffee component! Stefin reported in for the Globetrotting Gourmet about her recent trip to Morocco where the highlight of the trip was being able to experience the community oven and have an expert baker bake your items while you hang out, chat, and drink your mint tea. Andrea also traveled to a slightly less exotic (but no less beautiful) locale and visited Victoria, British Columbia.

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Ep 60: Peanut Butter Pie & 2018 Food Trends

January 15, 2018

National Baking Month continues! Stefin wonders if she and Andrea can name their top 10 Preheated episodes, while Andrea loves being a member of the "cookie jar club." In celebration of National Pie Day and National Peanut Butter Day, the duo whipped up a decadent No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie -- well, Stefin did. Andrea created her own nut-free modification. Which Preheated-favorite ingredient did she use? Next up in a month full of celebrations is London Fog Shortbread to honor National Tea Month and National Shortbread Day. Finally, it's time to name the hot food trends of 2018, and it seems Stefin and Andrea are once again on the cutting edge: Andrea's been making protein-packed treats for years; Stefin's a big fan of floral flavors rose water and cardamom; Andrea's experimenting with "alt-sugar" and vegan ice creams; and Stefin's vowed to rekindle her love of traditional breadmaking. Trendsetters forever!

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Ep 59: Classic Cream Puff Success

January 8, 2018

Our hosts start the show with an update on New Years' resolutions and some new habit forming tips and tricks. With apologies to Martha Stewart, Andrea raves about the Classic Cream Puffs and No-Fuss Pastry Cream and Stefin finds this to be one classic and impressive dessert (bonus: you can make it ahead of time). Next week is Peanut Butter Pie in tribute to National Peanut Butter Day (January 24) and National Pie Day (January 23). Finally our hosts reveal what Common Baking Mistakes they're making!

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Ep 58: 2018 Baking Resolutions

January 1, 2018

Happy New Year! Stefin and Andrea are ringing in 2018, National Baking Month, and National Cream Puff Day (January 6) with a challenge from Martha Stewart: Classic Cream Puffs -- airy pastries filled with vanilla custard cream. Andrea issues a warning for anyone making homemade candy during a downpour, and both hosts share their 2018 baking resolutions -- who wants to organize their pantry, and who wants to bake more bread? Listen in!

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Ep 57: Gingerbread Cookie Bars are a New Holiday Baking Favorite!

December 25, 2017

Andrea's prowling the aisles at Seattle Goodwill, looking for the most commonly donated Unitaskers in the houseware aisles (banana hooks, anyone?) Meanwhile, Stefin's raving about the Gingerbread Cookie Bars from The Laughing Spatula food blog and has already and dubbed them "The Christmas Cookie of 2017." Next up in our month of BonBons and Bars is Apple Cider Caramels from Smitten Kitchen. Both hosts are newbies at the candy-making game, but with a month's worth of solid success behind them, they're sure they are up to the challenge.

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Ep 56: Candy for Everyone!

December 18, 2017

Stefin has a delicious update from International Night, and, in keeping with Bon Bon & Bars month, introduces listeners to the Brazillian "national candy," brigadeiros. Andrea's wondering if she's up to the challenge of a classic Yule Log, and both hosts discuss holiday desserts they've never eaten. Both also loved the easy and quick (!) Homemade English Toffee (introduced in Episode 55) and have now made it several times, while contemplating a commercial candy venture. Next up are Gingerbread Cookie Bars from The Laughing Spatula, reminiscent of Andrea's Christmas Cookie Challenge in Episode 6. Finally, the duo discuss favorite kitchen gifts they've received over the years, including Kitchen Aid mixers, Cuisnarts, double-sided measuring spoons, food scales, French rolling pins and cookie jars.

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