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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 »

Baking Bites for Craftsy: Dark Chocolate Champagne Truffles

Dark Chocolate Champagne Truffles

Homemade truffles are the perfect treat when you need a little indulgence in your life and these┬áDark Chocolate Champagne Truffles are even more decadent than most. I’m sharing the recipe for these wonderful truffles over on the Craftsy blog (it’s free!!!) right now, so you can make them for yourself, for loved ones or as an alternative to more commercial Easter candies this year. The ... Read More »

Hot Cross Bun Muffins

Hot Cross Bun Muffins

Hot cross buns are an Easter tradition for many. The fluffy, spiced buns are made with a yeasted dough and typically include mix-ins like currants, raisins and candied citrus. They are one of those recipes that I only make once every year – and there are times that I skip them because I just don’t have the time. These Hot Cross Bun Muffins are a ... Read More »

The Great British Bake Off Big Book of Baking

The Great British Bake Off Big Book of Baking

I know that there are many fans of The Great British Bake Off out there, whether you watched it before or simply have been streaming it since it landed on Netflix a few weeks back. The Great British Bake Off Big Book of Baking is a great tie in to the show, giving you access to recipes from both the judges and contestants so that ... Read More »

Sugared Lavender Almonds

Sugared Lavender Almonds

Sometimes the best things are also the simplest ones. A few weeks ago, a friend of mine brought out a jar of almonds and encouraged me to try one. The nuts were shiny, well-toasted and appeared to have been tossed with coarse sugar. They were Sugared Lavender Almonds and they certainly prove that delicious things come in simple packages. These nuts are easy to make ... Read More »

The Best Way to Toast Almonds

How to Toast Almonds

Toasted nuts are a great addition to almost any recipe that calls for nuts, as they bring so much more to the recipe than their untoasted counterparts do. Toasting nuts enhances their flavor by bringing out their natural oils, and it enhances their texture by making them crisper than they otherwise would be. Usually, nuts are given a quick toast in a pan or in ... Read More »

Fudgy Coffee Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

Fudgy Coffee Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies may look like they’re made with cocoa powder, but they’re actually made with coffee flour! Coffee flour is made from the fruit of coffee berries, a byproduct of the coffee industry. The pulp is often used as fertilizer, but turning into flour gives us yet another use for this unique product. The flour has a fruity, tea-like flavor but has the consistency of ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Bites from other Blogs

Late winter and early spring are citrus season, so my kitchen is stocked with even more citrus fruits that usual. I enjoy citrus in all its forms, but lemon is the one I get the most requests for. This lemon-infused BfoB edition is just what you need to kick start your spring baking. A batch of Mini Lemon Coconut Cakes from Truffles and Trends is ... Read More »

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