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Martha Stewart launching baking basics show

January 31, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Martha Stewart is launching a new show dedicated to teaching basics of baking for the Hallmark Channel.

Stewart recently moved her daily show, "The Martha Stewart Show" to the cable network. The show took a ratings hit after the move, but Stewart said numbers have improved and that she believes viewers looking to learn will appreciate the 13-episode "Martha Bakes" series.

The format of the new series will feature Stewart in the kitchen, walking viewers step-by-step through recipes.

"I don't think that I was put here on earth to sing and dance while I'm cooking," she says. "I'm a good teacher and I think that this show shows that and really accentuates how important a good recipe is and how exacting a science baking is."

The episodes will cover 13 basic recipes including puffy pastry, cheesecake and yellow cake as well as ways to transform them into other recipes.

Other Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia series on the channel include "Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn" and "Whatever with Alexis & Jennifer." Stewart also will produce a new series for the channel starring Emeril Lagasse.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.