Category Archives: Sweet Stuff

What is superfine sugar?

Superfine sugar

Superfine sugar is granulated sugar that has been ground into finer crystals than regular granulated white sugar. Also known as caster sugar, it is popular with bakers because the smaller crystals cream very easily into butter and dissolve more readily into meringues and batters. This leads to products that have a finer crumb and lighter texture when finished, a result that is preferred by many ... Read More »

What is Biscoff Spread?

Biscoff Spreads

Nutella is a creamy chocolate hazelnut spread that was developed in Italy and released in 1963. Since then, the spread has gained fans all over the world, including in the United States, where it is becoming ever-more popular. Nutella isn’t the only European spread gaining in popularity: Biscoff spread is a new treat that is rapidly gaining fans of its own. Biscoff spread is a ... Read More »

5 Great Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas

More Thanksgiving Desserts

Need a little extra inspiration for your Thanksgiving table? These five desserts are some of my favorite things to serve at Thanksgiving. Perfect Pumpkin Pie is sure to be a hit at any Thanksgiving table. Pumpkin pie is a holiday staple, and the warm spices of this pie really make the dessert stand out from any pumpkin pie you can buy in the store. Use ... Read More »

Cacao Sampaka, Barcelona, Spain

Gelato Sampler at Cacao Sampaka

Cacao Sampaka is a shop for chocolate lovers, with a huge selection of handmade artisan chocolates and a cafe in the back of the store that puts all that chocolate to good use in various sweets and desserts. The shop actually has several locations all over the world, but the one I visited was in the Eixample, in Barcelona. Just off one of the biggest ... Read More »

La Boqueria Market, Barcelona, Spain

Buying smoothies at La Boqueria Market

La Boqueria Market is one of my favorite spots in Barcelona. The market is a large, covered marketplace that offers everything from candied fruit to foie gras, just off La Rambla, one of Barcelona’s busiest streets. A market has been operating at the same location as far back as 1217, though the face of the market has changed many times over the years. The modern ... Read More »

What are custard pies?

A very simple custard of eggs, milk, sugar and vanilla (or some other flavoring) that is cooked on the stovetop or baked in small ramekins in the oven is the first thing that most of us think of when we think of a custard. A custard is a cooked mixture that is thickened with eggs, and while that simple custard may be the first thing ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Elegant Cocoa Pearls, reviewed

Trader Joe's Cocoa Pearls

Trader Joe’s frequently rotates their inventory, dropping products that aren’t particularly popular with consumers and replacing them with new and different things. Lately, their baking line has been getting a little bit bigger and one of the newest introductions is Baker Josef’s Elegant Cocoa Pearls. These tiny cocoa and off white pearls are small sprinkles that are intended to give home bakers a natural option ... Read More »

What is buttercream?

Chocolate Chip Layer Cake with Chocolate Chip Buttercream

You can top a cake with whipped cream or glaze it with ganache, but the most popular way to finish off a cake is with a layer of buttercream frosting. Buttercream is a sweet frosting that is rich with butter and has a silky texture that melts against your tongue when you bite into it. There are several types of buttercream and some are far ... Read More »

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