Surprising Ways to Cook With Seltzer Water

Clearly seltzer adds refreshing fizz to cranberry juice or sangría. But its colorless, odorless, tasteless bubbliness also makes it the ideal secret ingredient to lighten up foods. Think batters and soups. (Thanks, air pockets!) Seltzer and club soda can be used interchangeably, but steer clear of sparkling water, which doesn’t have enough carbonation to leaven. And be sure to use a bottle that’s fresh from the store; over time seltzer goes flat.

How to Knead Dough

Folding and smushing dough develops the gluten, which gives baked goods (like Hot Cross Buns) their chewy texture. You can use a stand mixer to knead, but it’s also an easy DIY (and triceps workout!). Follow these steps.

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They’re a trusty companion for tomato soup and tummy aches. But these squares can be wilder than that. Crush them up and they’re (better than) bread crumbs. Cover them in chocolate and almonds and you’ve got a salty-sweet, nearly criminal dessert.