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America’s Test Kitchen From Cook’s Illustrated: Desserts With An English Accent

Airs Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 2 p.m. on KPBS TV

The best shortbread and a cup of coffee from the episode titled

Credit: Carl Tremblay WGBH

Above: The best shortbread and a cup of coffee from the episode titled "Desserts With An English Accent"

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This season, the "America's Test Kitchen" cooks Julia Collin Davison, Becky Hays, Bridget Lancaster and Yvonne Ruperti, prepare 52 all-new recipes, including ultimate chocolate cupcakes, old-fashioned beef pot roast, bread pudding, indoor pulled pork, Chicago-style deep dish pizza, cherry pie, easier fried chicken, hands-free risotto, foolproof grilled tuna and more.

In this episode, test cook Yvonne Ruperti shows host Christopher Kimball how to make the ultimate classic bread pudding. Chris then discusses the virtues of stale versus dried bread while baking with science expert Guy Crosby. Next, equipment expert Adam Ried reveals the best small appliances in the equipment corner. And finally, test cook Bridget Lancaster uncovers the secrets to the best shortbread.

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We know how frustrating it can be when things go wrong in the kitchen. That's why every single recipe in our books has been tested not once, not twice, but often as many as 20, 30, or even 40 times. And then, just to make absolutely sure, we often test our recipes using cheap cookware, mediocre stovetops, and the wrong ingredients. All of this work results, we hope, in a simple promise: Our recipes work the first time and every time. Please visit our websites:

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