Posts by PJ Hamel

PJ Hamel
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About PJ Hamel

PJ Hamel grew up in New England, graduated from Brown University, and was a Maine journalist before joining King Arthur Flour in 1990. PJ bakes and writes from her home on Cape Cod, where she enjoys beach-walking, her husband, two dogs, and really good food!

Golden soft dinner rolls in a bowl, one on a bread plate.

Amish Dinner Rolls

The soft potato rolls everyone loves

Slice of apple pie on a plate, flakes of crust scattered around slice.

An unorthodox path to flaky pie crust

Does it yield better results than the standard?

Gluten-Free Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies dusted with sea salt on a marble board

Gluten-Free Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

Discover this enticing new version of an American classic

Loaves of sourdough bread on a cutting board, one loaf sliced.

Rustic Sourdough Bread

Sourdough made simple

Opened can of pumpkin, bowl of homemade pumpkin purée

Leftover pumpkin

Whether half a can or most of a bowl, how to deal with your surplus purée

Square of apple cake with brown sugar frosting on a plate with a fork, coffee on the side.

Old-Fashioned Apple Cake

Oh, that brown sugar frosting!

Loaf of oatmeal bread sliced, with knife and saucer of butter pats

Back-of-the-Bag Oatmeal Bread

Taking a beloved classic in new directions

Loaf of white sandwich bread, sliced, on a cutting board in front of a pain de mie pan.

There's more to this pan than pain de mie

The 9" x 4" loaf pan is your newest kitchen workhorse

Yellow layer cake with a chocolate crumb coat, final layer of icing being applied on top.

How (and why) to crumb coat a cake

The simple path to faultless frosting

Peach scones on a baking sheet, fresh from the oven.

Tender Peach Scones

A sweet salute to summertime breakfast

Skillet cornbread, corn muffins, and cornbread in a pan, on a table and ready to serve

Cornbread, reimagined

A simple start leads to tasty takeoffs

Sourdough for breakfast via @kingarthurflour

Sourdough for breakfast

Starter adds a flavorful edge to buttery biscuits

The secret to super-flaky pie crust via @kingarthurflour

The secret to super-flaky pie crust

Two pivotal ingredients and a special twist

Classic Sourdough Waffles step-by-step via @kingarthurflour

Sourdough Waffles

The ideal use for your discard starter

A pair of pan pizza recipes via @kingarthurflour

A pair of pan pizza recipes

Thick and thicker

How to build great strawberry shortcake via @kingarthurflour

How to make great strawberry shortcake

Build layers for flavor

The best pie pan via @kingarthurflour

The best pie pan you'll ever own

Five key reasons you need this pan

A simple way to shape cookies via @kingarthurflour

A simple way to shape cookies

No spoons, no scoop, no hassle

Almond Flour Brownies via @kingarthurflour

Almond Flour Brownies

The gluten-free, grain-free, hassle-free brownie everyone can love

Alternative baking pan sizes via @kingarthurflour

The essential alternative baking pan sizes

Finding a match for any recipe

Best way to store whole grains via @kingarthurflour

The best way to store whole grains

Simple steps ensure freshest flavor

2019 April Fools via @kingarthurflour

April fools in the kitchen

Still foolish after all these years

How to bake high-rising cakes via @kingarthurflour

How to bake high-rising cakes

Which mixer attachment works best?

Where to put dough to rise via @kingarthurflour

Where to put dough to rise

Finding your kitchen's comfort zone