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Make your own chocolate chips – any flavor! - Semisweetie, a geeky baking blog. Inspired by an upcoming post, I decided to take the plunge and attempt to make my own chocolate chips.

Make your own chocolate chips – any flavor! - Semisweetie, a geeky baking blog

It was way too much fun. Making your own chocolate chips is really simple: melt down the chocolate of your choosing, add flavor, and re-pipe. For this batch, I used half green tea, and half lavender. The green tea was just pulled from regular old bags, and ground with a mortar and pestle. Evaporated Milk Substitute. Don’t Throw Away Your Citrus Rinds – Dry and Save Them For Recipes That Call for Zest. Vegan butter. Butter is one of those ingredients that can be so central to baking that as soon as some people hear the term vegan baking they wonder aloud almost in a panic, “what about the butter?!”

Vegan butter

Many vegan baked items get along great with fats like canola, coconut oil or even olive oil. These types of fats work wonders for cakes, cookies, bars and breads. When designing recipes where we need something to act like butter, things start to get complicated. Solid fats like butter and margarine are integral to things like puff pastry, pie crust, shortbread, croissants, danish dough and certain cakes.

This is because in these cases the fat is used to coat the flour so gluten doesn't develop too much and also trap air bubbles to enhance leavening and texture. Vegan butter options as of this writing are pretty slim. Non-hydrogenated vegan margarines aren't knights in shining buttery armor either.


Homemade Gift Series #3: Caramel Apple Jam. A few weeks ago, my wife stopped by a roadside stand where an individual was selling apples.

Homemade Gift Series #3: Caramel Apple Jam

A lot of apples. My wife asked if there were any deals, and the seller told her that he would sell her 8 1/2 pounds of “seconds” (apples that had been dropped and needed to be used quickly) for $8. My wife jumped on the bargain and arrived home with a lot of apples in tow. So what exactly do you do with eight and a half pounds of apples? You make something with them, of course. We pulled out a recipe for “Caramel Apple Jam” from The Taste of Home Cookbook and modified it a bit, adding a bit of additional cinnamon kick to it (because we love cinnamon).

What do you need if you want to cook up a batch of this jam? The first thing you need is jars. Sarah shopped around and was able to find a dozen jars with lids and rings for $5.99 – about $0.50 per jar, lid, and ring set. You also need a few pieces of equipment – things that can be reused if you begin to can things regularly.

Then, add the sugar. How to Make Fruit Powder and Why You Should Bother. Let’s start with the fruit powder basics and then we’ll move on to how to make fruit powder.

How to Make Fruit Powder and Why You Should Bother

What is fruit powder? Fruit powder is dried fruit that’s been finely ground. How to use fruit powder Fruit powder can be used in place of artificial flavoring to flavor just about anything. However, fruit powder truly shines in desserts where the moisture balance is very important. How to Make Candied Ginger. There’s an inside joke amongst people who write books about baking that any recipe that begins with “Using a candy thermometer…..” scares the pants off of people and is enough to ward away all but the most dedicated baker.

How to Make Candied Ginger

I’m not sure why that is. It’s like when people tell me, “I can’t bake.” While baking is a fairly exacting affair, 1 cup of sugar is pretty clear: it’s one cup of sugar. It’s not like frying fish or meat, where you need to gauge doneness yourself, or making salad dressing where personal taste and the ingredients used can alter the finished result. But the thermometers does not lie.* I mean 225 degrees is pretty clear: it’s 225 degrees. So I won’t tell you that you have to use a candy thermometer to candy ginger, but it does help. The great thing about candying your own ginger is that aside from the fact that you can make it without the aid of the dreaded thermometer, you get plenty of spicy slices from just a pound of ginger. Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Mix. Homemade Spiced Applesauce. Dairy-Free Homemade Butterscotch Baking Chips.

For baking or simply snacking, these homemade butterscotch baking chips solve the problem faced by those of us who are dairy-free in addition to being gluten free.

Dairy-Free Homemade Butterscotch Baking Chips

Make a batch (or two!) Of these to use in all your favorite recipes calling for butterscotch morsels. Dairy-Free Homemade Butterscotch Baking Chips Author: Gluten Free Gigi Recipe type: Dessert 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed¼ cup dairy-free butter substitute (like Earth Balance buttery spread; I use the soy-free variety.)2 Tablespoons dairy-free milk (Any plant-based milk will work; I use coconut milk.)½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract Before you begin, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or wax paper.Combine all ingredients except vanilla.Cook over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil.Boil 2 minutes without stirring.Remove from heat, add vanilla and stir.Pour mixture onto prepared parchment-lined pan.Allow mixture to cool to room temperature until it hardens.Cut into chunks.Store in glass jar, tightly sealed.

Notes: Desserts With Benefits. Experimenting with homemade butterscotch chips – Butterscotch and walnut oatmeal cookies. Homemade butterscotch chips and butterscotch and walnut oatmeal cookies First I made butterscotch baking chips adapted from this recipe with shortening as I didn’t have any coconut oil. 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup shortening 1 cup organic brown sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Melt together the butter, shortening and sugar in a pan.

Experimenting with homemade butterscotch chips – Butterscotch and walnut oatmeal cookies

Bring to nearly boiling, turn down the heat and cook until dissolved. Add vanilla. How to Make the Best Butterscotch Chips. Homemade Butterscotch Baking Chips. Check one more item off the Heavenly Homemakers Recipe Challenge List!

Homemade Butterscotch Baking Chips

We have Butterscotch Chips! These are more than just a little bit sweet – wowza, these chips are quite sugary. Butterscotch Pudding Triple Chip Cookies. Butterscotch Chip Cookies. I don’t know much, but I do know this: Butterscotch chips make everything better.

Butterscotch Chip Cookies

Especially cookies. Dad’s Beer Batter.