Category Archives: Sweet Stuff

Gelato vs Ice Cream

Vanilla Gelato, churning

While “gelato” is the Italian word for “ice cream,” the two desserts are not one and the same. There are some small, but distinctive, differences between ice cream and gelato. Ice cream is made by churning a base of cream, milk, sugar and sometimes eggs to freeze it and add air. Adding air to the mixture is what keeps ice cream soft, scoopable and helps ... Read More »

Follow the quest to bake the World’s Largest Cupcake

Just last month, the Guinness World Record for Largest Cupcake was set in Minneapolis, Minnesota with a cupcake weighing 150-lbs. The cupcake, while large, was actually not as impressive as you might think. It stood just 12 inches tall and 24 inches wide. It also wasn’t eaten after the record was recorded, although that is usually traditional with record-setting foods, but was instead shipped out ... Read More »

La Salamandra Dulce de Leche, reviewed

While you can make dulce de leche at home by caramelizing a can of sweetened condensed milk, it is a bit less time consuming to buy it if you can find a jar at a local market or specialty store. La Salamandra Dulce de Leche is an Argentinian brand that, for me, is fairly easy to find at stores and online. This dulce de leche ... Read More »

What is dulce de leche?

Spoonful of dulce de leche

Dulce de leche is a thick, milk-based caramel sauce. It is probably most popular in South American Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries, but variations exist in other countries and cultures as well. The most simple caramel sauce starts with sugar, and depending on the variation you have in mind, ingredients like cream and butter are added to the hot sugar to form caramel. With dulce de ... Read More »

Peaches with Dulce de Leche

Apples have caramel. Strawberries have chocolate. I think that peaches should have dulce de leche. Actually, I think that a lot of things should have dulce de leche, but I’ll stick to peaches for the moment. All fruits have other flavors that pair well with them, and although fresh fruit is a treat all on its own, it’s nice to have the option to make ... Read More »

Largest Cupcake World Record Set

Some of the easiest world records to set are food records, because even though it isn’t easy to build a giant food item, it is a heck of a lot easier than, say, being the fastest person up Mount Everest. In Minneapolis, Minnesota, the world’s largest cupcake was unveiled this past weekend. It measured 12 inches tall and 24 inches wide, which is much smaller ... Read More »

Car-Baked Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Car-Baked Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, wide angle

It is scorching hot here and to put that heat to good use (i.e. to give me a reason to go outside and leave the air conditioning), I decided to bake up another batch of cookies, using my car as a oven. Baking cookies in a car is very easy and has the added benefit that you don’t heat up your house at all, but ... Read More »

Bliss Safe-to-Eat Cookie Dough, reviewed

Bliss Safe-to-Eat Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Even though I could inhale raw cookie dough when I was little – and did, if no one was there to keep an eye on me when I was making chocolate chip cookies. I still eat raw cookie dough, raw eggs and all, but the practice is somewhat frowned upon these days. Raw eggs carry a risk for salmonella, and even though the risk is ... Read More »

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