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Kitchen hacks for Bundt pans, cookie cutters, cheesecloth and dental floss

Hack basic kitchen tools like Bundt pans, cookie cutters, cheesecloth and dental floss to make pasta pie, festive croutons and cookies.
/ Source: TODAY Contributor

Justin Chapple, the test kitchen pro behind Food & Wine's Mad Genius Tips and author of the new book Mad Genius Tips: Over 90 Expert Hacks and 100 Delicious Recipes, shares hacks for surprising ways to use Bundt pans, cookie cutters, cheesecloth and dental floss, plus delicious recipes.

Hack #1: Bake a pasta pie

Here’s how: Mix the pasta pie ingredients in a bowl, then bake in a Bundt pan—its grooves give you more crazy-crisp edges than a plain rectangular pan.

Bundt Pan Spaghetti Pie

Hack #2: Stamp out croutons

Here’s how: Using decorative cookie cutters, stamp out shapes in 1/2-inch-thick slices of sourdough bread. Place on a baking sheet and sprinkle with shredded Gruyere cheese. Bake at 400°F for about 12 minutes, until golden and crisp. Serve with tomato soup.

Sourdough bread decorative croutons
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Hack #3: DIY a powdered sugar shaker

Here's how: Line a small bowl with a 5-by-5-inch single layer piece of cheesecloth. Add 1/4 cup of confectioners' sugar. Tie the cloth closed with unflavored dental floss or kitchen twine. Use to dust cookies, cakes or hot chocolate.