Sunday, April 14
What is Sour Cream
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What is Sour Cream

Sour cream has become a staple in most kitchens, kept on hand to make quick dips, thicken sauces, and of course, to top baked potatoes. Like its relative, yogurt, sour cream also tenderizes and softens baked goods. Sour cream is a dairy product rich in fats obtained by fermenting a regular cream by certain kinds of lactic acid bacteria. The bacterial culture, introduced either deliberately or naturally, sours and thickens the cream. Though only mildly sour in taste, the name stems from the production of lactic acid by bacterial fermentation, sometimes referred to as “souring”. Adding bacteria derived from lactic acid makes sour cream sour. The bacteria essentially culture the cream, causing it to become thick and sour. Untreated cream is quite sweet, but sour cream has that added zip...
Benefit of Chocolate
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Benefit of Chocolate

Chocolate is made from the beans of Cocoa. From the cocoa bean pods the beans are separated after fermentation. Then the kernel of the seeds is broken in small bits which are called as nibs. These nibs are ground finely to obtain what is called cocoa liquor. This liquor when crystallized produces the dark chocolate which is the mother of virtually all other chocolates that are prepared. Sometimes by grinding the nibs fat from the resulting mass is separated which is called as cocoa butter. This along with sugar is used to make sweet chocolate. It’s also been said that a small bar of chocolate daily can be good for your heart. That’s because of the aforementioned blood pressure benefits, and also the fact that it can help reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol as much as ten percent. Chocolate ...
How to Test Your Cupcake Baking Done-ness
Cupcakes

How to Test Your Cupcake Baking Done-ness

The easiest mistake to make when baking cupcakes is to overbake them. The cupcakes simply dry out too easily. Most of the cupcakes recipes suggest done-ness when there are still crumbs clinging when tested with a wooden toothpick or wooden skewer. I dont recommend to test cupcake done-ness with metal tester since it will give different results. The metal tester don't really allow crumbs to cling. The brownies cupcakes will show many moist crumbs when they are done - more than most, to take heed.
How to Fill the Cupcake Tin?
Cupcakes

How to Fill the Cupcake Tin?

In general, you may want to fill the cupcake tins about two-thirds to three-quarters of the way full. This will give you a very large, voluptuous cupcake. I find that filling the wells is most easily accomplished by using a spring-loaded ice cream scoop. After you bake a particular batter in your particular cupcake tins, make a note as to how high you filled them, and adjust for future batches if necessary. These are exceptions to these guidelines for filling the tins. Brownie batter does not rise very much and does not develop a dome at all. So fill the brownie butter to cupcake tins almost to the level you want it after baking. Occasionally the brownie batter will sink a bit in the center after cooling. Simply fill with cupcake frosting, as desired. On the other hand, when th...
How to Make Perfect Cupcake
Cupcakes

How to Make Perfect Cupcake

1. Read every recipe through before starting and follow the instruction to the letter. 2. Use the ingredients called for (for instance, do not substitute jumbo eggs for large eggs). 3. Take time to measure accurately with the proper tools. 4. Use time cues and visual cues, when given, for best results. 5. Do not overbake! Most cupcakes are ready when moist crumbs still cling to a wooden toothpick. 6. Most cupcakes taste best when eaten the same day they are baked and decorated. 7. Relax and enjoy the cupcake making process.
New Uses for Rice Cooker
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New Uses for Rice Cooker

Your Rice Cooker can do more than just to cook rice or warm it. Check this simple tips below: 1. Layer an entire meal in your cooker. As rice cooks in your machine, you can use a steamer basket to harness the stream and heat from the cooking rice to preapre vegetables and marinated fish or chicken for a complete meal that requires little work and very few dishes. 2. Prepare steel-cut oats. Before bed, add the oats to your rice cooker and program the timer so they are finished cooking as you are ready for breakfast. Since milk should not be left at room temperature overnight, use water instead. You can then flavor the oats with cinnamon, chopped fresh or dried fruit and a bit of raw honey or pure maple syrup. 3. Poach or stew fruit. Use the porridge setting to stew dried or fresh f...
Baking Tips: As Easy as Pie
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Baking Tips: As Easy as Pie

The old saying goes “easy as pie”, so why are so many of us reluctant to try baking our own? Most of us just don’t have the time to spend hours shopping for ingredients, making the pastry from scratch and preparing the filling, especially during the holidays. Some recognized brand names are making it easy. You can now get, for example, two lines of frozen, unbaked pies, Oven Fresh and the Signature Selections by Sara Lee that are ready to pop into the oven. Here are some additional hints from Sara Lee for baking all kinds of pies: 1. If you make pumpkin pie, watch it carefully. When properly baked, the outer edges of the filling will be firmly set and slightly brown. The four- to six-inch centre circle should have a soft set and shake like gelatine. 2. Avoid baking your holid...
Cleaning and Storing Dutch Oven
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Cleaning and Storing Dutch Oven

There are many opinions on cleaning a Dutch Oven. Not all Dutch Oven cooks believe you can use soap in your Dutch Oven. Some cooks suggest never to wash them, others wash them, but not with detergent. We have found that a well-seasoned oven will not be damaged by using a few drops of dishwashing soap if you have been cooking something really greasy. Just be sure to rinse several times to make sure there is no soap residue. If your oven is not well-seasoned, whatever you put in the oven will be absorbed into the pot and become part of your next meal. Dutch Oven care begins with seasoning, but it's important to clean them properly after each use. Cleaning cast iron is easier than scrubbing pots and pans. As soon as possible after using your Dutch Oven, scrape out as much food as possible wi...
About Nutmeg
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About Nutmeg

Highly aromatic nutmeg is one og the oldest cultivated spices. It is the hard stone of the fruit of the nutmeg tree and is covered with a lacy, red webbing that is harvested as a separate spice, mace. Once nutmeg is grated, its volatile oils quickly begin to evaporate and its flavor diminish. So it is better to buy whole nutmegs, rather than pre-ground, and you can grate nutmeg as needed. Use nutmeg grater, a tool with fine, sharp rasps and a small compartment for storing one or two nutmegs, or the finest rasps on a shredder-grater.
Whipping Egg Whites
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Whipping Egg Whites

Whipped egg whites act as the leavening for angel food and other sponge cakes. For successful whipping, the bowl and the beaters must be perfectly clean, because even a trace of fat prevents good loft. It is also important to start with room temperature egg whites. Sugar or cream of tartart is often added during whipping to help stabilize the egg whites. To test if the egg whites are whipped to the desired finish, lift the beaters and if you want to have soft peaks form, it should droop over gently and look wet. But if you want to have medium-firm peaks, it should stand upright but still appear moist and satiny.