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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?


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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Vanilla slices are a great dessert for custard fans. The typical slice has a thick layer of vanilla custard sandwiched between two layers of crisp, flaky puff pastry. It’s also a great base for other flavors, and the Passion Fruit Slice that Hotly Spiced recently made is a great example. These bars have a plain vanilla base and are topped with a tangy and floral ... Read More »

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Custard Cream Hearts from Eat Little Bird are heart-shaped sandwich cookies where a light vanilla filling is sandwiched between two tender, crumbly biscuits. The recipe calls for custard powder, a starch-based (usually cornstarch) thickener that is used to easily make puddings and custards without eggs – to make the cream filling. Custard powder also includes flavoring and coloring. This isn’t an ingredient that most people ... Read More »

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Bananas and sweet dulce de leche are a wonderful combination in just about any dessert, but the Dulce de Leche Banana Bars that Bakers Royal made recently take that combination over the top, in a good way. These bars start out with a layer of graham cracker crust that is topped with salted pecans, crushed up vanilla Oreo cookies and lots of sliced banana. A ... Read More »

Dark Chocolate vs. Semisweet Chocolate Chips in Chocolate Chip Cookies

See's Chocolate Chips

Semisweet chocolate chips are the default mix-in for most chocolate chip cookie recipes. Over the past several years, consumers have seen a huge increase in the variety of chocolate chips (and chocolate chunks) available at the grocery store as options for baking. One question I get asked frequently is whether it is ok to substitute one type of chocolate chips for another, and what difference ... Read More »

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The Cheddar Peasant Boule that Lighter and Local baked is the kind of bread that will inspire you to do a little more baking at home because it is a simple recipe and yields a delicious result. The easy to make bread has a soft, light crumb and a little spiral of cheddar cheese baked into it for flavor. It makes great sandwiches, toast and ... Read More »

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