Category Archives: Sweet Stuff

Guittard Choc au Lait Chips, reviewed

Choc Au Lait Chips

Just as not all chocolates are created equal, neither are all white chocolates. White chocolate chips should be made with cocoa butter to give them that creamy, melt-in-your-mouth texture that all chocolates should have and they should also be made with a good amount of milk and vanilla for flavoring. A good white chocolate chip should taste like cream and vanilla, should melt smoothly and ... Read More »

Yemas from Confiteria la Campana, Seville

Yemas, unwrapped

Every area has its own unique foods and pastries if you take the time to look for them. It wasn’t hard to find in Seville where the Confiteria la Campana has been serving up all kinds of pastries since 1885. The beautiful cafe has a huge pastry counter inside filled with all kinds of goodies, including custard cakes and whipped cream-filled pastries. Everything is made ... Read More »

La Cure Gourmande, Seville, Spain

La Cure Gourmande, the aftermath!

La Cure Gourmande has to be on of the sweetest looking shops in Seville, Spain. And, since it is a candy and cookie shop, it is probably one of the sweetest in general. The store is actually a French one, started in 1989 to preserve and share some traditional french recipes for butter cookies, hard candies, caramels, nougats and chocolates. Since the first store opened, ... Read More »

Dark Chocolate Covered Pomegranate Seeds

Dark Choc Pomegranate Seeds

Pomegranates are delicious fruits, but they are a little bit trickier to eat than, for instance, an apple, due to all of their jewel-like seeds. They’re not that easy to incorporate into recipes – particularly recipes for baked goods – unless you’re looking to use just the juice. Once, I bought a big bag of dried pomegranate seeds, planning to put them into some cookies ... Read More »

Nun-Baked Cookies from Spain

Nun Cookies

When I heard that I could buy nun-baked cookies in Spain, I couldn’t wait to track them down. For me, it sounds like such a novel item and certainly something that I am unlikely to find in the states. The cookies are exactly what they sound like: cookies baked by nuns. Different nuns at different convents seem to specialize in different things, but cookies seem ... Read More »

What is candied ginger?

There are many ways to get a spicy, gingery flavor into baked goods. One of the easiest is to add dried, ground ginger right into your batter or dough, just as you might add in ground cinnamon or any other dried spice. This adds a lot of flavor, but if you want even more of a gingery bite, opt for grating in fresh ginger, which ... Read More »

Cook’s Country Rates Chocolate Ice Creams

Cook's Country Rates Chocolate Ice Creams

 I usually suggest pairing baked goods with vanilla ice cream. Vanilla ice cream goes well with just about any dessert. Just as vanilla extract can really emphasize the flavors in recipe, so can vanilla ice cream. But even though vanilla goes well with so many things, that doesn’t mean that other ice cream flavors don’t work in its place. In fact, switching to coffee ice ... Read More »

Why is there coffee in my chocolate cake?

Coffee and Chocolate Cake

When you bake enough chocolate cakes, or simply look at enough chocolate cake recipes, you’ll notice a trend: many of them include coffee or instant coffee as an ingredient. This isn’t because most people are looking for a mocha-flavored cake. Rather, coffee is commonly included because it is a great way to enhance the flavor of cocoa powder, resulting in a more chocolaty cake – ... Read More »

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