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Delicious Make-Ahead Desserts

Why should dinners have all the plan-ahead fun? Make-ahead desserts are like money in the bank: it’s great to know you’ve got something extra waiting for you at the end of the day (or any time of day). Desserts are often prepared as a special occasion treat – sometimes when you expect guests to come … Continue reading Delicious Make-Ahead Desserts

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Differences Between Vanilla Extract & Imitation Vanilla

You often see vanilla extract as an ingredient in dessert recipes. What is vanilla extract – and is it really necessary? We asked world-renowned Chef Eddy Van Damme, the “Prince of Pastry” to give us the scoop between this ingredient and imitation vanilla. Vanilla beans grown in tropical countries can be pricey, so vanilla extract … Continue reading Differences Between Vanilla Extract & Imitation Vanilla

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How to Make a Layer Cake Like a Pro

An impressive layer cake is the signature mark of an accomplished baker. But really, anyone has the chops to make a layer cake with just a few tips. First timers and veterans alike can stand to learn a bit from Chef Eddy’s suggestions on how to give your layers some extra lift. A layer cake … Continue reading How to Make a Layer Cake Like a Pro

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The Difference Between Baking Powder and Baking Soda

Baking powder and baking soda. Sometimes a dessert recipe calls for one, sometimes it requires the other. But really – what’s the difference between baking powder and baking soda and when do you use each? We asked world-renowned Imperial Sugar chef, Chef Eddy Van Damme, the “Prince of Pastry” to weigh in on the soda vs. … Continue reading The Difference Between Baking Powder and Baking Soda

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Baking with Winter Spices – Holiday Recipes

Every season has its spices. In many ancient traditions “Earth’s medicine” has been used to counteract or enhance what’s happening in the environment. In the summer, we crave coolness and in the winter, heat. While we can do all we’d like to make that happen in the external world (with clothing and air conditioners/heaters) we … Continue reading Baking with Winter Spices – Holiday Recipes