Guest Blog: Baking From Scratch

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Article By: Calphalon Team
Originally Published: 8/26/2013

Calphalon Unison Nonstick 8-in. Omelette PanWant a new idea for your next baking project? Try baking a brownie in a skillet instead of a traditional brownie pan! This is exactly what Roxana from Roxana's Home Baking has done, and the result is a delicious brownie with a slightly different texture than what you'd typically expect. Learn how to make Roxana's Salted Caramel Chocolate Skillet Brownie using the Calphalon Unison Nonstick 8" Omelette Pan, and read below to learn about her inspiration to always bake from scratch, no matter what the occasion.

“Hello! My name is Roxana and I'm a self-taught baker and photographer, as well as the writer behind Roxana's Home Baking. On my blog, I share original and adapted recipes designed to show readers that baking from scratch can be simple and uncomplicated. Most of my recipes rely on easy techniques and everyday ingredients that even novice home cooks can use.

Skillet BrownieI should start by saying that I haven't been baking all that long. My baking adventures started when I was 8 months pregnant with my daughter, now 3. One afternoon, I had an urgent craving for chocolate cake, but didn’t want to drive to the supermarket and go shopping. So, I decided to make one right in my own kitchen. That cake may or may not have turned out as spectacularly as I hoped, but I found a new passion. I wanted to learn more about baking science.

I started baking for family and friends, and the smiles of approval I received kept me going. I enjoyed learning about new ingredients, new techniques, new utensils and new cookware. Most of all, I loved expanding my palate. I continue to be mesmerized by the whole process. I love watching the transformations that take place in food prep, from sifting flour and cracking eggs to the rising of the bread. With every new recipe I look forward to the joy of eating something really tasty that I made from scratch, and this allows me to continue learning and growing.

I find that I'm especially inspired by the seasons and holidays. I'm always on the lookout for new ways to break away from the traditional, but still keep it simple and scrumptious. In the summer, I bake a lot with fresh fruit. In the winter (especially around the holidays), I love taking my family on a culinary tour around the world, recreating traditional dishes from different countries. I consider baking to be an art. It's an expression of creativity that the whole family can enjoy.”

- Roxana from Roxana's Home Baking

Photo Credit: Roxana's Home Baking

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