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Simple Orange Sugar Recipe

9 Apr

Sweet orange sugar

Citrus Sugar Recipe
A simple recipe for a lazy afternoon. This Orange Sugar is a great way to use the zest from your winter citrus fruit. Perfect in baked goods, tea and cocoa. You’ll find many uses for this versatile flavored sugar. [...]

Chocolate Banana Bonbons

4 Mar

Chocolate Banana Bonbons Close up

Chocolate Banana Bonbons Title

Health-conscious, vegan or even gluten-free? I’ve got the perfect dessert for you today. These elegant morsels are Chocolate Banana Bonbons, and you simply must try them.

Being a baker is dangerous. I no longer go out to eat dessert. I literally have everything on hand to make any dessert 24/7. And when I’m testing recipes, most of what I make is quickly consumed by me, my husband or close family. One way to avoid overeating is to have a healthy alternative on hand. And to send all the test goodies off to my husband’s poor coworkers. [...]

Smitten Kitchen’s Apple Cider Caramels

10 Nov

Deb from Smitten Kitchen recently posted an awesome recipe for Apple Cider Caramels. I couldn’t resist trying them for myself. They came out beautifully and I wanted to share my success with you.

Local apple cider, freshly ground cinnamon and french sea salt [Ok, not so local...but oh, so good!]. These caramels are elegant and make a lovely holiday treat or gift.

Making the caramels is simple. Deb provides great instructions. I loved her tip to oil your knife while cutting the caramels. I’d recommend baking spray. Butter would probably make the caramels taste better though.

A few [minor] suggestions from Decadent Dragon:

  • Use freshly ground cinnamon if you can.
  • Use a thermometer.  It relieves you of temperature uncertainty.
  • Instead of parchment, you can use saran wrap to wrap caramels.
  • My caramels were super-soft outside the fridge. Keep ‘em cold to maintain shape.

And lastly, Smitten Kitchen’s cookbook is out.  This would make a great Christmas gift (hint, hint!).