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What is Allspice?

What is Allspice?

Allspice, contrary to the sound of the name, is one single spice, not a blend of “all spices”. Allspice is the dried berry of the evergreen pimento tree, which is native to the West Indies and South American. The berry is also known as a Jamaica pepper, as Jamaica provides most of the world’s supply of allspice. The dried berries are dark brown and look ... Read More »

Calvados Ice Cream

Calvados Ice Cream

Calvados is an apple brandy that is frequently called for in recipes that use apples, such as apple tarts and cakes, because it provides a way to boost the apple flavor of a recipe. The spirit starts with fresh apples, which are pressed into juice and fermented into a hard cider. That cider is then distilled and aged in oak casks for about two years ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Bites from other Blogs

I love baking with plums and other stone fruits in the early fall. Plums and pluots are juicy, sweet and can infuse some brilliant color into your baked goods. I often use them in cakes, and The Bojon Gourmet‘s Poppy Seed Pluot Financiers are beautiful little cakes that really showcase the color and flavor of these fruits. The dense, tender cakes are gluten free and ... Read More »

How to Bake with Nectarines

How to Bake with Nectarines

Nectarines are a wonderful fruit to eat and they’re a wonderful fruit to bake with. These stone fruits are in season through early fall, and they are often at their best towards the end of the growing season. Nectarines have a very sweet, floral flavor to them and a firm, yet juicy, flesh that really shines in most desserts – yet peaches tend to be ... Read More »

Round Sandwich Cookie Pan

Wilton Sandwich Cookie Pan

Homemade sandwich cookies are a real treat, but they’re not the easiest type of cookie to make. Not only to they require both a cookie dough and a filling of some kind, but those cookie rounds need to match up perfectly to make your cookies look as good as they taste. There are a couple of ways of getting those cookie rounds to be the ... Read More »

Ricotta Cheesecake Brownies

Ricotta Cheesecake Brownies

Cheesecake brownies are always a crowd pleaser because they combine two desserts into one delicious bite – and one delicious bite that you can pick up and pop into your mouth, rather than having to eat with a knife and fork. It’s a win-win dessert. I’ve been making cheesecake brownies for years and, while I’ve made variations on my basic cheesecake brownie many times to ... Read More »

The Hello Kitty Baking Book

Hello Kitty Baking Book

Hello Kitty is a global phenomenon that is synonymous with cuteness. The Sanrio character appeals to kids of all ages – and to many adults, as well! – and her likeness is instantly identifiable. The¬†Hello Kitty Baking Book¬†turns that cuteness into something edible, with recipes for dozens of Hello Kitty-inspired baked goods that you can make in your own kitchen to celebrate a family member’s ... Read More »

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

I love a good banana bread, and banana muffins are right up there on my list of great everyday baked goods, as well. A good banana muffin should have all the flavor of banana bread, but with the bonus of being even easier to make, since it requires a shortened baking time. I don’t always add mix-ins to my banana breads, however I often throw ... Read More »

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