Category Archives: Baking

What is the difference between jam, jelly and preserves?

Strawberry Preserves

Jams, jellies and preserves are three very common types of fruit spreads that can be used for everything from topping a toasted bagel to adding a sweet center to a buttery bar cookie. When you’re reaching for one to spread on a sandwich, it doesn’t matter which variety you choose as long as you like the flavor, but these three spreads are very different. Jelly ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

Fans of the sweet Biscoff speculoos cookie spread will want to bookmark Have Cake Will Travel‘s Speculoos Baked Doughnuts. These light yeast donuts are made with the brown sugar cookie spread in the batter, along with ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and white pepper for a gingerbread flavor. The donuts are baked, not fried, and they’re also made with whole grain flour. They’re topped off with a ... Read More »

Real Simple taste tests Butters

Butter Brands

The brand of butter that you buy may be influenced by where you shop, the price of the butter and even the packaging. most people don’t take the time to realize that not all butters are created equal and that the flavor can vary quite a bit from brand to brand. In a recent test, the magazine Real Simple tasted and compared 78 different brands ... Read More »

Bites from other Blogs

When a recipe calls for a flavor extract, it typically calls for just one at a time. Cookie Madness‘s Five Flavor Sugar Cookies use a little bit of each of five different extracts – which means you could put almost every one in your pantry to use in one recipe. The sugar cookies include coconut, lemon, rum, butter, and vanilla extracts, which all meld together ... Read More »

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St. Patrick’s Day will be coming soon, and the Baileys Irish Cream Cookies that Buttercream Blondie seem like they would be fun to celebrate with. The butter cookies have a generous amount of Irish cream liquor in them for flavor, and they’re sandwiched together with a tasty Irish cream filling. For a holiday look, be sure to dress them up with a Shamrock cookie cutter, ... Read More »

Almond Meal vs Almond Flour in Baking

Almond flour

Ground almonds – also known as almond meal or almond flour – are a fairly common ingredient in many different types of recipes, from cookies, tarts and cakes to a wide variety of gluten free baked goods. It is also a popular choice for breading meats in place of, or in addition to, bread crumbs. Almond meal and almond flour both appear in ingredient lists ... Read More »

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Blueberry muffins are always an option when you have fresh blueberries in the kitchen, but Vanilla Sugar‘s decadent Blueberry Cream Cheese Fritters might be an alternative when you’re in the mood for something a little different. The batter for these homemade donuts is similar to a muffin batter, made with cinnamon, vanilla and blueberries. The fritters are fried in a heavy duty pan until they’re ... Read More »

What is Italian meringue?

Meringue

Italian meringue is made by beating egg whites until they reach soft, fluffy peaks, then slowly streaming in boiling sugar and beating the mixture until it is thick and glossy. A basic meringue, also known as a French meringue, is made by beating granulated sugar into egg whites until the mixture reaches soft peaks. The hot sugar syrup used to make Italian meringue essentially cooks ... Read More »

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