Foolproof Baking Tips Slideshow

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As a professional baker, Tosi says she learned a lot about baking at home while writing this cookbook, as she adapted the recipes for the home cook. One of the areas she says that home cooks tend to skimp on is quality ingredients.

In fact, she says, "I poke a lot of fun at my mom in this cookbook because she loves to be a home baker but misses this step." Her mom will want to use this "great margarine" that's supposed to be good for your heart for crack pie and this doesn't work for Tosi. She believes that it's important to use fresh and good-quality ingredients in your baking, particularly with butter, all dairy, and flour.

Click here to see the Crack Pie recipe (pictured at left).

Gabriele Stabile