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NYC: A Holiday Baking Celebration

Few things compare to the excitement of New York City’s hustle and bustle around the holidays. Between all the traditional bells and whistles of the city that never sleeps—from one of the country’s largest Christmas trees to Broadway shows with the family—emerges a new kind of cultural delight…trendy cupcake shops. Urbanites have left boardrooms and briefcases for baker hats, and with shops popping up all over the city, inhabitants and visitors alike are harnessing big flavor in the Big Apple. Baked NYC is a true beacon of this New York City dream.

Going CocoNUTS

This is not your ordinary cupcake. Designed specifically for the self-proclaimed coconut addict, Baked NYC’s coconut cupcakes are filled with fresh coconut curd and topped with a flurry of shredded sweet coconut. The stunning end result is a nod to the classic pink “Sno Ball” treats of years past with refreshing new flair.

The shredded coconut for the tops of these cupcakes takes well to a drop of fun colored food dye. Just place the shredded coconut in a resealable plastic bag, add a few drops of liquid food coloring, and shake the bag until all of the coconut is evenly colored.

Brooklyn Bake-Out

Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito left their day jobs in advertising to open their bakery concept in Brooklyn, to immediate praise from fans, the community and beyond. They have been featured on Oprah, the TODAY show, the Food Network, and the Martha Stewart Show. Their previous books include Baked and Baked Explorations. Lewis and Poliafito live in New York City.

Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito

About the Bakers

In their third cookbook, Baked Elements: Our 10 Favorite Ingredients, Lewis and Poliafito present 75 inventive new recipes revolving solely around their ten most-loved ingredients—from peanut butter and caramel to malt and booze. The bakers celebrate these favorite elements by baking each one into a variety of delicious cookies, bars, cakes, milkshakes, and more, sweets perfect for everyday cravings, special occasions, late-night celebrations, and weekend get-togethers. Complete with the signature stories and commentary that fans adore, chapters also include feature-ingredient infographics with quirky facts and charts, and helpful “Baked notes” that make creating these desserts as easy as pie, or, well, cake.

PaperChef Tips and Tricks

Purchase an inexpensive oven thermometer to place in the center of your oven (they often attach to one of the racks in your oven). It is essential to have a true and accurate temperature when baking, and often, the internal oven temp is off by 25 degrees in either direction. This ten dollar purchase will save you a lot of trial and error in the kitchen.

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