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Scooped: Milk Tea Sherbet

I love the aching sweetness of the iced milk tea you find everywhere in Chinatown, and the double whammy of cream and sugar syrup that gives the drink an almost melted ice cream flavor. One cup was so rich and sweet I had half in mind to spin it in my ice cream maker, until I realized that it'd be easy enough to make a batch from scratch. More

Spice Hunting: Matcha

Matcha's versatility is on par with cinnamon, and it's about as miraculous. It brings both rounded sweetness and a pleasant bitterness to a wide range of baked goods. While its Area 51 color and intense flavor have scared some away, it's an easy-to-use addition to the adventurous baker's pantry. More

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