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Eclairs: Easy, Elegant and Modern Recipes

Eclairs: Easy, Elegant and Modern Recipes

Eclairs are wonderful pastries that seem to be more popular right now than at any time in the recent past. While classic eclairs are filled with vanilla cream and topped with a chocolate glaze – and there is nothing wrong with that delicious flavor combination – modern eclairs are bolder, filled with more flavor and finished with more color. In Eclairs: Easy, Elegant and Modern ... Read More »

Sweet Sherry Panna Cotta with Caramel Raisin Sauce

Sweet Sherry Panna Cotta with Caramel Raisin Sauce

Pedro Ximénez is the name of a white spanish grape varietal that is used to produce an intensely sweet sherry that is typically served as a dessert wine. The grapes are dried in the sun before being juiced, so the resulting wine – which is fortified and aged before being bottled – has a strong taste of raisins and molasses/brown sugar. I happen to enjoy ... Read More »

Thin, Chewy Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Thin, Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

This is a simple cookie recipe that yields delicious, chewy chocolate chip cookies, but I struggled a little bit with the title of the post. The cookies are dairy-free, meaning that they aren’t made with butter. Instead of butter, I used a vegan cultured “butter” that has a similar flavor, but contains no dairy. The spread is primarily made with coconut oil and, though it ... Read More »

Miyoko’s Cultured Vegan Butter, reviewed

Miyoko's Cultured Vegan Butter

The last time I was in Trader Joe’s, a product in the dairy section jumped out at me: Miyoko’s Creamery Cultured Vegan Butter. Cultured butter is made by adding live bacteria to cream before churning it into butter. Culturing gives the butter a rich tanginess to it that really sets it apart from regular butter (aka sweet cream butter). This cultured vegan butter is produced in ... Read More »

Cherry Pie Frappuccino with Pie Dome Lid

Baking Bites' DIY Cherry Pie Frappuccino with Pie Crust Lid

The other day, I saw that Starbucks Japan was launching a limited edition Cherry Pie Frappuccino that not only contained a cherry pie syrup/filling to accent the vanilla Frappuccino, but it was topped with a dome of pie crust instead of the usual plastic dome that is found on Starbucks cold cups. I wanted one immediately. Unfortunately, these wonderful drinks are only available in Japan ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Bites from other Blogs

While some weeks I’m inspired by my throwback recipe (below) as a topic for BfoB, this week I couldn’t seem to narrow it down to one specific topic. I saw lots of fabulous brunch ideas, Easter recipes and – tying in with my throwback pick – plenty of late winter/early spring citrus. Any of these would make a fine addition to an April brunch – ... Read More »

Triple Coconut Custard Pie

Triple Coconut Custard Pie

As a fan of coconut, I’m always interested when I see a coconut pie on a dessert menu. Recently at a restaurant known for their pies, I had a very disappointing slice of coconut pie that had almost no coconut flavor to it. The texture of that pie left something to be desired, as well, but I was mostly put off by the lack of ... Read More »

What is Nutritional Yeast?

What is Nutritional Yeast?

When you think about yeast, you probably think about bread dough, beer or one of the other foods where the single-celled organisms are used to produce rise and bubbles. Yeast is nearly always active – a.k.a. alive – when it is used in a recipe. Nutritional yeast is deactivated yeast that is used as a dietary supplement and flavoring agent instead of as a rising ... Read More »

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