egg whites · forgotten cookies · hygroscopic · meringue · meringue cookies · pistachio · recipes · rosewater · sugar

Forgotten cookies

Two ingredients is all it takes to create wispy, pillow-like clouds for your sweet dreams.  Egg whites + sugar = meringue.  So easy to make yet elegant and colorful wispy treats that make it seem like you spent hours slaving in your kitchen. There are three variations of meringue:  French, Swiss, and Italian.  French meringue… Continue reading Forgotten cookies

baking · baking love · cinnamon · cinnamon rolls · comfort · comfort food · easy recipes · fall baking · puff pastry · recipes · spices · sugar · vanilla bean

Secret cinnamon rolls

A cup of tea or coffee with a plush blanket surrounding me in warmth is my idea of comfort.  I’d add a good book and a fireplace (which I don’t currently have) to complete the effect.  Baking comforting treats are a given in this scenario.  During the fall, the smell of cinnamon, sugar, and other… Continue reading Secret cinnamon rolls

baking · baking science · candy · caramel · caramelization · coconut · coconut caramel · coconut milk · food science · Maillard reaction · recipes · salt · sea salt · sugar

Key Largo, Montego…

The heat has been rising in the northeast and for whatever reason, the Beach Boys song “Kokomo” kept popping into my head.  So, I thought it would make a fitting title for a post about coconut caramel. I came up with the recipe a couple of summers ago in a tiny test kitchen in Manhattan.  It was… Continue reading Key Largo, Montego…

agitation · baking science · candy · chocolate · chocolate tempering · crystallization · ESL · food science · language · sugar · sugar crystals · words

Agitation

Agitation.  What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of it?  Your first thought is of something negative.  In fact, it is a verb meaning “to excite and often trouble the mind or feelings of,” according to m-w.com.  I would argue that in cooking and baking, agitation is something you depend on to… Continue reading Agitation

alchemy · baking science · bread · bread making · Cooked · dough · flour · gluten · kneading · salt · sugar · water · yeast

A Common Bread

“Bread is the biggest alchemy of all.”—Michael Pollan, Cooked: Air Episode   Alchemy.  A power or process that changes or transforms something in a mysterious or impressive way (from m-w.com).  The process of making bread has a transformative property not many other foods can claim.  You create with your hands to nourish people.  It is a… Continue reading A Common Bread