Baking With Spices: Techniques for Big Flavor
Learn the techniques that bring out big flavors from desserts using baking spices you already have, with cookbook author and "Love, Cake" blogger Samantha Seneviratne as your guide. First, learn how to shop for, store and use fresh vanilla beans while creating a creamy custard that won't curdle. Then, get to know the different types of cinnamon and make a Mexican chocolate pudding with Ceylon cinnamon, or use the Cassia variety for gooey maple sticky buns. Next, master two ways of working with nutmeg and create a spicy fruit-studded cake featuring nutmeg, clove and allspice. Make Samantha's most-requested recipe: Chewy ginger cookies. And, get to know her favorite spice, cardamom, as you add just the right amount to crisp, sweet baklava. Finally, fearlessly work with peppercorns and chiles as you make Samantha's black pepper-chocolate-cherry quickbread, truffles packed with smoky morita chiles and more.
Samantha Seneviratne is the author of "The New Sugar and Spice: A Recipe for Bolder Baking" and the voice behind the popular blog Love, Cake. She has also served as a food editor for Good Housekeeping, Fine Cooking and Martha Stewart's Everyday Food magazines.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet Samantha Seneviratne and begin by learning how to shop for, store and use fresh vanilla beans. Then, find out how to infuse a rich custard with deep vanilla flavor, then turn the custard into an impressive fruit tart.
Review the different types of cinnamon, the flavor profile of each, and how to buy and store them. Then, use cassia cinnamon in Mexican chocolate pudding and incorporate Ceylon cinnamon into sticky buns.
Explore the warm flavors of clove, nutmeg and allspice. Learn how to use nutmeg two ways, and master Samantha's techniques for creating an inverted, spice-filled fruitcake.
Explore the types of ginger products available for home bakers and find out how to use each for best results. Then, learn how to incorporate ginger into your desserts, including Samantha's most popular recipe: chewy ginger cookies. And, her double ginger shortcakes include the secret to perfect biscuits every time!
Uncover the history and origin of cardamom and learn how to incorporate just the right amount of this citrusy spice into a delicious honey baklava. Plus, find out how to layer phyllo dough for professional-quality results.
Finally, enter the world of peppercorns and chiles. Learn about their origins and various flavor profiles. Then, get Samantha's insider tricks for making black pepper-chocolate-cherry bread and smoky chile-chocolate truffles.