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What is Allspice?

What is Allspice?

Allspice, contrary to the sound of the name, is one single spice, not a blend of “all spices”. Allspice is the dried berry of the evergreen pimento tree, which is native to the West Indies and South American. The berry is also known as a Jamaica pepper, as Jamaica provides most of the world’s supply of allspice. The dried berries are dark brown and look ... Read More »

Chai Spice Apple Crisp

Chai Spice Apple Crumble

I find that I use a lot more spice in my baking during the fall and winter months. This is partly because spices are so warming, and partly because you don’t quite get that same variety of fresh fruits that you do during the summer and spices are a good alternative when it comes to mixing up the flavors in a recipe. I like to ... Read More »

Chai Spice Scones with Candied Ginger

Chai Scones

I have always been a fan of chai teas and often use the warm and spicy flavors found in masala chai for for inspiration when I’m looking for a way to spice things up in baking. Chai Snickerdoodles, for instance, are a favorite variation on classic snickerdoodles in my kitchen. These scones are loaded with chai spices and have a very warm, satisfying flavor as ... Read More »

Chai Spiced Bundt Cake with Candied Ginger

Chai Spiced Bundt Cake with Candied Ginger

Some recipes look intimidating because they’re long. Sometimes, recipes are long because they are very complex and involve a lot of totally different elements. Sometimes, they’re long because the involve a lot of the same elements. Good spice cakes are like this because they often have a half-dozen more ingredients than a plainer version of the same cake. Luckily for those of us who like ... Read More »

Lemon Frosted Cardamom Chai Cupcakes

Lemon Frosted Cardamom Chai Cupcakes

It’s easy to make filled cupcakes and it’s a handy kitchen skill to have because it allows you to do more with your cupcakes than just frost them. You can improve a dry cupcake by infusing some moisture into it with a creamy filling and you can bring in new flavor to an otherwise plain expanse of cake. I filled up these Cardamom Chai Spiced ... Read More »

Chai Snickerdoodles

chai snickerdoodles

┬áTraditions are very well and good, as are traditional recipes. But every tradition can use a little spice now and again, if for no other reason than to cultivate a new appreciation for the original. This is evidenced to an extreme by the rise of the molecular gastronomy movement, which was accompanied by a hugely renewed interest in traditional comfort food. Here, we’re taking the ... Read More »

Chai Latte Muffins

I usually have a small jar of pumpkin pie spice sitting around. It’s easy to make, but in the morning it is very convenient to have some ready to go when I want to spice up my oatmeal on a chilly morning. A few weeks ago, I picked up a jar at Trader Joe’s and was very surprised to discover that it tasted nothing like ... Read More »

Chai-Tea Apple Bread

While I am a dedicated coffee drinker, I do love tea. One of my favorite coffee shops, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf carries over 40 original tea blends, one of which I picked up the very day that IMBB #17: TasteTea was announced by Clement of A La Cuisine!: Pomegranate Blueberry Tea. This tea makes a fabulous iced tea because it is a black ... Read More »

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