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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 »

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 »

What is dried buttermilk powder?

Dried Buttermilk Powder

Buttermilk is a staple ingredient in my kitchen, so I always have it on hand. It lends a great flavor to baked goods without adding a lot of extra fat, and since it is slightly acidic, it also acts as a tenderizer that helps produce a soft crumb in breads and cakes. But if you don’t do a lot of baking, you may not keep ... Read More »

How to Substitute for Buttermilk in Baking

How to Substitute for Buttermilk in Baking

ButtermilkĀ is an ingredient that I always keep in my refrigerator because I use it a lot for baking. It not only adds great flavor to baked goods, but it helps to tenderize cakes, muffins and other treats, too. Although I usually have it in stock, buttermilk is an ingredient that you might not always have on hand when you decided to do a little baking. ... Read More »

What are conchas?

Mexican Concha

Conchas are a sweet yeast bread roll that can be found in many Mexican markets. The pan dulces, or sweet breads, are named for the shape of their topping, which is applied with a shell-like pattern. The dough used to make these buns is a light yeast dough that is typically enriched with eggs, butter or shortening, and sugar. The bun itself is only lightly ... Read More »

What are Cara Cara oranges?

Cara Cara Oranges

Cara Cara oranges are a type of navel orange that has been steadily growing in popularity over the past few years. The oranges are a hybrid between the Washington navel orange and the Brazilian Bahia navel orange, and they were first discovered in 1976 in Venezuela at a place called Hacienda Cara Cara, which is where their name comes from. The Cara Caras look similar ... Read More »

What is Snow Sugar?

Snow Sugar

A dusting of confectioners’ sugar is a great way to finish off a cake or a batch of cookies before serving them. I usually add confectioners’ sugar at the last minute before serving because the moisture in a baked good will usually cause the sugar to melt right into the cake. This means that you might bet left with a slightly sugary crust but without ... Read More »

What is King Cake?

King Cake

A King Cake is a large yeasted cake that is similar to a coffee cake or a kringle. It is typically made with a Danish dough that is filled with cream cheese, praline or a swirl of cinnamon sugar and twisted into a large oval shape. The cake is baked and drizzled with a white confectioners’ sugar glaze and topped with green, gold, and purple ... Read More »

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