There's bad white chocolate and good white chocolate, and the good stuff, when treated right, is one of the most versatile and useful ingredients in the pastry kitchen. What does fantastic white chocolate taste like, and where can you find it? We tasted over 20 varieties to find out.
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These chocolaty nuts are flavored with warm spiced like cinnamon and nutmeg, then get a kick from some cayenne pepper.
Most people buy stollen, but the truth is that it's as easy to make at home as any basic bread. Here's how.
Millionaire's shortbread—the bar cookie of shortbread topped with layers of caramel and chocolate—is one of those awesome things that often suffers from shortcuts. This version, amped up with pistachios, lemon, whiskey, and coriander, doesn't make that mistake.
Fruitcake. Panettone. Stollen. You have many choices of Christmas breads to buy or make for your holiday table. But there can only be one Queen of Christmas. Our Christmas bread partisans (and as inveterate Jews, impartial judges) Daniel Gritzer and Max Falkowitz make their cases for which loaf deserves a place in your home.
This rich and luxurious flourless chestnut-and-chocolate torte is flavored with bourbon and topped with a swirl of sweetened chestnut purée. It's the perfect end to a wintertime holiday meal.
For our slightly nontraditional spin on the crumbly classics, a little cinnamon is mixed into the coating sugar for an added boost of flavor. It works perfectly with the toasty almonds, and makes them an excellent match for a cup of hot cider.
Filled with Champagne buttercream and decorated with gold chocolate shards and sugar pearls, this cake roll is the pinnacle of festivity. Instead of using ordinary Champagne, I make this cake with Marc de Champagne, a pomace brandy made from Champagne grape skins, seeds, and stalks that pairs beautifully with the cake's creamy buttercream filling and sweet white chocolate ganache coating.
For a cookie so simple, Hello Dolly bars go by many names—it's just as likely that you know them as Magic Cookies or Seven Layer Bars. But no matter their moniker, these are a special breed of cookie-bar hybrids. The kind that leave you sticky-fingered, crumb-dusted, totally stuffed, and yet, against all logic, still wanting more. No, not one more. A LOT more.
Hanukkah is a time for friends, family, and food. And more specifically, lots of delicious fried food. From homemade sufganiyah to, well, more fried desserts, to a whole slew of rugelachs and challahs, we've got 16 classic desserts to complete your holiday feast. All eight of them.
The French prefer to leave the elaborate creations to the professionals, and what they make at home tends to be, in fact, homey. In her newest cookbook, Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere, Greenspan shares the recipes that it took her five years to slowly coax from her Parisian friends, her hairdresser, and even strangers at the table next to hers at lunch.
Things are classics for a reason, but a little updating never hurt anyone. And these most certainly will not hurt you. These cookies take the traditional oatmeal raisin and turns it on its head in a deliciously sweet and salty iteration. They are a truly well-rounded cookie, and each bite is a welcome surprise.
Most home bakers are familiar with making buttercream. It's smooth, creamy and it tastes amazing spread over cake, piped onto cupcakes, or smushed between two cookies. However, there are actually six different kinds of buttercream! Read on to see how they compare...
Candied Australian ginger coupled with unsweetened dried cherries gives these holiday cookies a nice fruity chew and a bright tartness that shines through the spicy dough.
Most of the work in ice cream revolves around those egg yolks. Take them out of the recipe and you have an ice cream that doesn't need any time on the stovetop. And if your milk and cream are fridge-cold, you won't even need to chill your base. That means fresh ice cream whenever you want it, with ingredients you probably already have at home, and the easiest ice cream recipe you'll ever make.
Philadelphia-style ice cream doesn't have eggs, which means you can make it start-to-finish in just 30 minutes. It'll be the freshest, fluffiest ice cream you'll ever tast.
This chocolate meringue cake with whipped cream and fresh raspberries is a surefire crowd pleaser and easy to make. Layers of dense, moist chocolate cake topped with delicate, crispy meringue are sandwiched together with whipped cream and fresh raspberry sauce to make the ultimate holiday dessert.
It's likely that the true nature of Little Debbie's Oatmeal Creme Pies will elude me until my dying day. And I'm totally okay with that. I don't really want to know what all those long words on the back of the package actually mean. What I do want is a way to eliminate them entirely. A homemade Oatmeal Creme Pie just as soft and delicate, sweet and chewy as the original.
Lovers of discontinued cereals, take hope: some cereal dreams do come true.
Fig Newtons are so much more than a simple cookie, and most of us have fond childhood memories of that sticky-sweet filling and soft caky exterior. Now's your chance to revisit your past, with a homemade rendition that tastes just as good as the original.