Category Archives: Sweet Stuff

What is crème anglaise?

Creme anglaise

Crème anglaise is a very rich custard that is often used as a sauce with other desserts. It is sometimes described as a “pouring custard” because it is thin enough to be poured and is not, unlike some pudding-like custards, thick enough to be scooped for serving. The custard sauce is made with cream and egg yolks, lightly sweetened with sugar and lightly flavored with ... Read More »

CI’s chocolate chip taste test

In the May/June 2009 issue of Cook’s Illustrated, the magazine staff took on the challenge of rating various brands of chocolate chips to try and find the very best for making chocolate chips cookies. In the test, they looked for brands that had a good chocolate flavor and a good amount of cocoa butter in them. Many brands of chocolate chips – especially when you ... Read More »

Ideas for Easter Brunch

Brunch will probably always be one of my favorite meals because you can serve just about anything and it will be absolutely appropriate for the occasion. Breakfast food, lunch dishes, muffins, pastries, desserts and boozy drinks all fit nicely into the category. Easter has always been one of my favorite brunching occasions because, most years, it is warm enough to sit outside and it really ... Read More »

Leonidas White Chocolate Easter Duck, reviewed

Leonidas Mini Easter Eggs

It’s hard to resist a cute little rubbery duck – and even harder when it is made out of chocolate. When Cybele reviewed an adorable little Easter Ducky at Candyblog, I was struck by how cute it was, but was disappointed to see that it looked better than it tasted. I saw that variety at the drug store and passed it by. I did not ... Read More »

Wilton’s Colored Dusting Sugars

Wilton's Colored Dusting Sugars

When you color granulated sugar, you can add a small amount of liquid food coloring to the sugar, mix it in and let the excess moisture evaporate. It is much more difficult to dye powdered sugar because it is so fine that it clumps together almost immediately after any kind of liquid is added. To make matters worse, it dissolves very easily if you mix ... Read More »

Dove Silky Smooth Solid Chcolate Egg and Bunny, reviewed

A chocolate Easter bunny is  – in addition to Creme Eggs and Peeps, of course – an Easter candy staple. Many chocolatiers put out their own bunnies in various shapes and sizes, types of chocolate and in both solid and hollow versions. My memories of chocolate Easter bunnies as a kid are of large, hollow bunnies that were made of a sweet milk chocolate. I ... Read More »

What is marshmallow creme?

What is marshmallow creme?

Marshmallow creme is scoopable, spreadable marshmallow confection. Packaged in jars, the semi-liquid marshmallow is much softer than a regular marshmallow, and both creamy and sticky at the same time. I tend to always call this confection “marshmallow fluff,” although the name might not be familiar to all consumers, as it is actually a trademark for a single product. When produced by other companies, the marshmallow ... Read More »

Cakesicles

Cakesicle

  Anyone looking for an alternative to cakes and cupcakes for their baking this summer might want to check out the cakesicles baking pan. This baking pan has popsicle-shaped depressions that, as you can imagine, produce cakes and cookies in that same shape. The popsicles are fairly shallow, but there is no mistaking the design. Cookies are thick and sturdy enough to hold their shape ... Read More »

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