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What is chicory?

Cafe du Monde Coffee with Chicory

Chicory is a root that can be roasted, ground and brewed like coffee and, in some parts of the world, is combined with coffee to make a unique breakfast beverage. In the US, New Orleans is a city that is known for the combination of coffee and chicory, but that pairing traces back to the city’s French roots. Chicory came into popular usage in France ... Read More »

What is Maple Water?

What is Maple Water?

Maple syrup is one of the most delicious sweeteners that you can have in your kitchen. It is made by collecting the sap from maple trees, then boiling that sap down to concentrate its natural sugars and flavors. The sap that actually comes out of the maple tree is much thinner than the finished syrup. That sap is being packaged and sold as “maple water,” ... Read More »

What is piloncillo?

Piloncillo, grated

Piloncillo is an unrefined Mexican sugar that is made from cane sugar made from boiling and evaporating cane juice. Piloncillo is the most common name for this type of sugar in Mexico, but the is also known as panocha or panela in other Latin and Central American countries. It can be found pressed into blocks or rounds, as well as cones, at Mexican markets. This ... Read More »

What is coconut sugar?

Coconut Sugar

Coconut sugar, also known as coconut palm sugar, is a type of sugar that is produced from the sap of the coconut palm. It is very common in areas of South Easter Asia, where coconut palms are abundant, but is growing in popularity as an alternative to cane sugar and is now becoming much more widely available. It is produced by harvesting the sap from ... Read More »

What are chia seeds?

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds have been popping up in grocery stores all over the place – and they’re not always confined to the health food section anymore. Chia seeds are the same seeds that you could mix with water and spread over a small, terracotta animal to make a trendy “chia pet” back in the 1980s, but today they are gaining popularity for nutritional benefits, as well. ... Read More »

What are candy melts?

Candy Melts

Candy melts are a product that are often recommended for easy candy making or coating cake pops wit a chocolatey coating. They come in many colors and have a plain, vaguely milky flavor that serves as a base for additional flavorings. There are other products with very similar names out there that perform in the same way.  Many people make the mistake of thinking that ... Read More »

What is canned pumpkin pie mix?

Pumpkin pie fillings in cans

Cans of pumpkin pie mix, or pumpkin pie filling, line the baking shelves at many grocery stores this time of year. They’re usually set right next to the ready-to-use graham cracker pie crusts, so they catch your eye and get you thinking about baking a pie. The filling mix is also usually next to the regular canned pumpkin puree and many bakers have picked up ... Read More »

What is bread flour?

Bread Flour

Bread flour is a high protein flour that is intended to be used in yeast breads and designed to give you a better result in those breads than you would get with another type of flour. The high protein content means that the flour has more gluten in it. The increased amount of gluten allows doughs make with bread flour to be extremely elastic, and ... Read More »

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