Category Archives: Sweet Stuff

How to toast coconut

Toasting coconut

Shredded coconut is an ingredient that is packed with possibilities, both in terms of texture and flavor. Raw shredded coconut, whether you prefer sweetened or unsweetened, has a sweet coconut taste and a chewy texture. Toasted coconut still has the same basic flavor, but it also has a caramelized nuttiness and a crisp-chewy texture that raw doesn’t offer. It’s easy to toast coconut at home ... Read More »

White Gold Honey, reviewed

White Gold Honey

Different types of honey have different colors, flavors and consistencies depending on what flowers the bees visited to produce that honey. Clover honey, for instance, has a fairly neutral floral flavor that is often associated with “plain” honey. Orange blossom honey, on the other hand, definitely has citrus notes to it. It’s easy to differentiate the two, even though they are similar in appearance. The ... Read More »

What is Dutch Processed Cocoa Powder?

dutched cocoa powder

There are two types of cocoa powder: natural and dutch processed. Natural cocoa powder is made from the solids of a roasted, dried cocoa bean, which are very finely ground into a powder for packaging. The powder is slightly acidic and has a very sharp taste to it, though it usually contains fruity or smokey notes just like dark roasted coffee beans do. Natural cocoa ... Read More »

Homemade Girl Scout Cookie recipes

Homemade Thin Mints

Girl Scout cookie season is just around the corner. As usual, I’m not really planning to buy any of the Girl Scouts’ offerings – although I am happy to support local troops in other ways – because I know that I can make cookies that are as good or better at home. Girl Scout cookies still contain partially hydrogenated oils, even if they have decreased ... Read More »

Foodie New Year’s Resolutions 2009

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There is a lot of pressure to pick out New Year’s resolutions once the first of the year comes around. I’m not that big on resolutions, mostly because I don’t think that you need to wait until January to set goals for yourself, but it never really hurts to have a reminder to look at some of your goals and give your plans for the ... Read More »

World’s Heaviest Fruit Cake

In Romania this week, a Guinness-approved record was set for the world’s heaviest cake. Normally, being “heavy” is not a real selling point for a cake. Cakes are expected to be light and tender. Even pound cakes, which are known for their tight, dense crumb, are still expected to on the light side. The one exception to this general rule is the fruit cake. These ... Read More »

Baking Bites Holiday Cupcake Contest Winners!

Iheartcuppycake's Santa's Favorite Cupcake

I want to thank everyone who participated in this year’s Baking Bites Holiday Cupcake Contest. The entries were all fantastic, with great looking cake, delicious and creamy frostings, and creative toppers. Judging was tough because there were so many entries to choose from. Some of the judges complained that they thought taste testing would be part of the process, but once they buckled down, a ... Read More »

Edible Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

Edible Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

Gifts from the kitchen – and from the heart – are always welcome around the holidays. You don’t have to worry about sizes, sales, fighting traffic or return policies. They’re usually budget-friendly and end up seeming very personal because you put in the effort to make them yourself. If you’re shipping your treats, remember to choose things that will travel well. Biscotti, for instance, will ... Read More »

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