Category Archives: Sweet Stuff

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 »

Girl Scouts to Limit Palm Oil Use in Cookies

Several months ago, two Girl Scouts started a campaign to encourage the Girl Scout organization to remove palm oil from their cookies. Rhiannon Tomtishen and Madison Vorva were working on a project to raise awareness of endangered orangutans and discovered that part of the reason that their habitat was being destroyed was to make way forĀ  palm oil plantations. Palm oil is a popular fat ... Read More »

Dark Brown vs Light Brown Sugar in Baking

Brown sugars

Brown sugar is white sugar that has had a small amount of molasses added to it. The molasses gives it a richer, deeper flavor than white sugar and also makes the sugar very moist. Dark brown sugar has a very strong molasses flavor, while light brown sugar is a little drier and has a much milder flavor. The two most common brown sugars are light ... Read More »

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