Blog

Happy Birthday, Sacher-Torte

original sacher-torte

Birthday cakes are nothing new, but what about a birthday for a cake? The Austrian Sacher-Torte celebrated its 175th birthday this week with a rooftop party in Austria organized by Vienna’s Hotel Sacher. The original cake was created in 1832 in Vienna when a young apprentice chef – 16 year old Franz Sacher – had to create an original dessert of short notice. As unlikely ... Read More »

Carrot Cake Frozen Yogurt

ccakefroyo.JPG

I love the idea of mix-ins for ice cream and I know I’m not the only one, as evidenced by the continually growing popularity of ice cream shops that offer mix-ins to their customers. More frozen yogurt shops are starting to offer the same service, so frozen treat fans can get the same combinations in a slightly healthier way. Aside from standards like chocolate chip ... Read More »

Restricting the sale of baking soda?

A St. Louis lawmaker wants to make baking soda harder to get and has suggested that it be moved behind the counter in stores and pharmacies, where the shopkeepers/pharmacists can oversee who buys it and how much they’re buying. The reason for the proposed legislation is not to restrict the number of cookies that can be baked, but because baking soda is (apparently) “a base ... Read More »

Ham and Swiss Bread

hamnswiss.JPG

 Ham and swiss is a classic combination for a sandwich, but how about incorporating ham and swiss into the bread intself, rather than just sandwiching it between slices? A surplus of ham leftover from Easter dinner gave me the perfect excuse to try out this combination in a loaf. And much as I expected, it worked beautifully. The bread is moist, tender and slightly sweet. It ... Read More »

Diet Coke Plus, reviewed

new diet coke

Have you heard about Diet Coke Plus? It is regular, zero-calorie diet coke that has had vitamins and minerals added to it. The soda is Coke’s newest offering and is designed to turn diet coke into a health drink in the minds of consumers. The company has no plans to change or replace regular diet coke, but merely to give consumers another (healthier) option when ... Read More »

Freezing bread dough

breaddoughbowl.JPG

I find that one of the things that keeps people from baking more yeast breads is the time it takes from start to finish. The active time is not necessarily that great, but because the bread dough must rise at least once to give the yeast a chance to work, there is a lot of down time for dough. This is often not a problem ... Read More »

Low fat donuts?

low fat donuts

Holey Donuts says that their donuts are neither baked nor fried, but cooked in a secret process that produces a perfect donut. As though that weren’t perplexing enough, their donuts are also low in fat, which makes them a donut anomaly in more ways than one. The fact that they’re not fried is not that surprising, given that the fat content of even the cream-filled ... Read More »

Flourless Nut Butter Cookies

nutbuttercookies.JPG

While the types of nuts used in cookies and baked goods can vary widely from pecans to hazelnuts, the type of nut butter used in cookies is almost always peanut butter. Widely available, inexpensive and tasty, it is easy to see why it had been such a good choice for so many years.These days, there are an ever increasing number of natural peanut butters to compete ... Read More »

Scroll To Top