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Stewart to launch baking show

Published February 01. 2011 05:00PM

NEW YORK (AP) - The oven is on, Martha Stewart is in the kitchen, and class is in session.

Stewart is adding a new show dedicated to teaching the basics of baking to the growing list of programs her company produces for the Hallmark Channel, the cable network to which she moved her daily show, "The Martha Stewart Show," in the fall.

Stewart's initial ratings after the move were disappointing, but she says they have improved and she believes viewers looking to learn will appreciate the 13-episode "Martha Bakes" series.

The format of the series - Stewart in the kitchen walking viewers step-by-step through recipes - is at odds with much of the most popular food television today, which favors competitions and other reality-based programs.

The series will cover 13 basic recipes, such as puff pastry, cheesecake and yellow cake, as well as ways to transform them into other recipes.

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