A Buyer’s Guide to Cinnamon

When it comes to using cinnamon in baking or cooking, you have to think about the flavor you want for your recipes. Do you want a sweeter cinnamon, a spicier cinnamon, or a more citrusy cinnamon? There are three types of cinnamon to consider: Korintje Cassia cinnamon, Vietnamese cinnamon, and Sri Lankan or Ceylon cinnamon. This guide will discuss all three, so you can decide which is the best cinnamon for your needs. Korintje Cassia Cinnamon Korintje cassia cinnamon comes from Indonesia, usually Sumatra. It comes from the cassia tree, not the true cinnamon tree, and is the cinnamon we …

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Round Brownies in a Springform Pan

This is our Saturday Morning Brownies recipe modified to work in a 9-inch springform pan.  It makes a smaller batch of round brownies.  It’s still firm and not gooey but moist and dense.  We recommend a glass base springform pan.  The advantage of using a springform pan with a glass base is that you can cut right on the base and not have to dig brownies from the pan.  It makes for an elegant presentation. Ingredients: 1 cup rich dark cocoa with a high cocoa butter content (See note.) 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, melted 1 …

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What’s the Big Deal with Cocoa Butter?

Cocoa butter is what gives chocolate its rich, smooth taste that we love. Without it, chocolate just wouldn’t taste the same. That’s why it’s so important to have a higher percentage of cocoa butter in your chocolates and cocoa. Understanding Cocoa Butter and the Cocoa Bean The cocoa bean consists of cocoa butter and nonfat solids. In processing, the two are separated, but anywhere between 8-26% of the cocoa butter is left coating the solids, leaving a richer taste. These coated solid particles become the base of the chocolate flavor in cocoa powder. Chocolate melts in your mouth because the …

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How to Bake Bread Machine Mixes in Your Oven

You don’t have to own a bread machine to enjoy the variety of bread machine mixes. And you don’t have to make blocky, square loaves with holes in the bottom. You can make wonderful rolls, traditional sandwich loaves, and artisan loaves with or without the aid of a bread machine. In this article, we will tell you how to convert any bread machine mix into great breads by hand or with your stand-type mixer and in the oven. Prepare the Bread Machine Mix: Heat the butter until it is almost melted. (If your mix calls for butter, it will be …

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Upside Down Donut Cake

It’s a Donut! It’s a Cake! It’s an Upside Down Donut Cake! Get Your $1 Donut Mix Now! Add it to cart and use code “ZDON” at checkout. Donuts surely can’t get any better than this, an upside down donut cake. Everyone loves donuts, and I know that upside down cake has always been a family favorite, so when we mixed the two together, using raised donut dough instead of cake batter, the result was an absolute masterpiece. Here’s how to do it. Step 1: Mix the Donut Dough Use a Daily Dozen Raised Donut Mix for this donut cake, or …

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The Secrets to Baking Almost Everything Perfectly

Are my breads, cookies, or cakes ready to come out of the oven? The ability to tell when products are baked properly seems to cause more trouble than almost any other phase of baking. And it’s critical. Over-baked cookies are dry and hard; under-baked bread is soggy. But you can get it right. In this post, we will give you the techniques and pointers to bake your goods to perfection. Yeast Breads — Internal Temperature The tendency is to under-bake yeast breads. The internal temperature of most yeast breads should be 210 degrees and must be at least 185 degrees. …

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How to Bake: The Art and Science of Baking

Become a Culinary Expert for FREE! Who needs an expensive culinary school when you can learn it all here with this free 250-page ebook? Learn how the ingredients work together, the best baking methods, tons of recipes, and even secrets from the baking pros. You’ll be an expert in no time and even have some tasty recipes up your sleeve to show off your new skills and impress the guests. Learn what they teach in culinary school–without the tuition! Baking: An Art and a Science I believe baking to be an art. There’s a certain creativity and flow to it …

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