I have been on the hunt for true cinnamon since I wrote a blog about it last January. You will never guess where I found it. "WINNERS" Yep. I was browsing through the store and came upon this package. Actually there were two, my mom bought the other one.
Maple syrup is a favorite in most households. What goes better with waffles, pancakes and french toast?
Maple syrup is also a great natural sweetener to use in baking. I use it in my Pumpkin Spice Granola and it adds a great flavour with the spices. Even though it is a sweetener it has some benefits like calcium and magnesium.
There is nothing like real Maple syrup, forget the table syrup it does not compare.
A few years ago I found a recipe for making your own Fig Newtons, which are a favorite of mine. Of course when I was in the mood to try the recipe I could not find it. But, this Christmas as I was going through my Christmas magazines I found it and made a special note of where is was located. So, once the rust was over and I had recuperated from my cold I tried them out.
They are fairly labour intensive and will not become a regularly available cookie.
I also nee to play with them a bit more. The filling needs to me thicker and the dough lighter. but over all they were quite good and disappeared fairly quickly for not being chocolate.
I have been trying to expand my Gluten Free items. Today I was trying my Espresso Cookie. Since I make this cookie weekly I didn't bother to get out the recipe, after all, I was just trying out a new flour. When the cookies came out they were very big and much lighter in colour. I took them and some other samples to meet with friends to see what they thought. One said "There isn't much taste". Another said "They are very crumbly." I took note and thought maybe they would come out chewier if I made them vegan. Later in the conversation, I was telling them how much chocolate was in the cookie and then I remembered that I had forgotten the cocoa. Since I had not baked all of the dough before I went out, I was able to add the cocoa and then bake them. Look at the difference. The taste is improved as well.
My husband asked me to make a big round carrot cake for him to take to work. The largest pan I thought I had was 8" for very big. I phoned the Bulk Barn to see what their largest pan size was, 16", very big. I went and got the pan, doubled the cake batter and then put the pan in the oven. The pan was too big for the oven, and got pushed up when you closed the door. I thought, maybe if I rotate the pan frequently it will come out even. NOT TRUE! I later remembered that I have a 10" spring form pan that probably been big enough.
I had one of my customers ask if I would be willing to make her some biscotti using a sugar substitute since she needs to watch her sugar intake. A few weeks later she brought me this jar of Xylitol. I have made the biscotti. It looks good and tastes okay, but is not as crunchy as it should be. A soft cookie might be a better choice for this substitution.
I have also checked out where xylitol comes from. It is a natural sugar, not a factory made chemical. Xylitol has a low GI value of 7, meaning it has little effect on blood sugar levels and insulin. It is therefore seen as a useful alternative fordiabetics. It contains only 2.4 calories per gram and is slowly absorbed. It is partly digested by the liver and then travels to the intestinal tract, where it is broken down further.
A lot of sugarless chewing gum has xyliol in it.
There are side effects to eating xyliol. The main one is gas and bloating. Also do not give products with xyliol to your dog.
I first became aware of black sesame seeds when I found the recipe for my Peppery Pistachio Brittle, which has both regular and black sesame seeds. I did some research and found that these seeds are very good for you. They have fibre, protein, magnesium, zinc as well as some other vitamins and minerals. They help prevent cancer, improve bone and skin health, lower cholesterol to name a few of the health benefits. They also taste good and look great in things like my scallion and black sesame seed scone and of course the brittle is amazing as well.
In the winter I found a recipe for savory scones that called for scallions. I thought they looked like something between a green onion and a leek. I went to the store and was unable to see anything that looked like that. When it got time to start going to the Port Perry Farmer's Market I asked in the store for scallions. Well, scallions do not look anything like a leek or a green onion. They are more like a garlic. I now know what to look for, so I will be bringing scallion and black sesame seed scones to the market.
I was right scallions are green onions. The picture about is of shallots. The scones still tasted great but I think they are better with scallions
I have been selling my Southern Iced Tea at the Port Perry Farmer's Market. It has been previously contained in a large thermos, but the other day I saw a similar container at the Queen Beans. I thought a container like that would look much better beside my cute coffee urn. Well , just my luck, I was at the Kitchen Plus store in Whitby the other day and they had a whole assortment of glass dispensers on sale. Had to get one!
I am often asked what make my Iced Tea Southern. The recipe comes from a recipe card that was taped to the range hood in my Uncle from Mississippi's kitchen. My Aunt must have left is for him before she passed away. You cannot get much more southern than Mississippi.
These are supposed to be the same cookie. Guess what happened this time.
I was once again doubling a recipe. I had what I thought were two 1/2 cup portions of butter in the fridge. I tossed them in the mixer and continued on with the recipe. When I was finished I thought they looked a little darker than usual, and the dough was a bit stiffer.
No red flags until I baked them, so this recipe calls for two trays that you flip half way through baking. For some reason the cookies on the bottom pan were burnt, and they were also way smaller and darker than usual.
So I started thinking what could I have possibly done to get this result. Then I remembered that I had just grabbed the butter and not done a check to see that they were actually 1/2 cup each. My guess is that one or both were just under.
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