Christmas Baking: Cranberry Maple Nut Tartlets

When I was learning how to bake professionally at college, I had the opportunity to participate in an auction that was being held by one of the Marketing students. And by “participate”, I mean “donate stuff to the raffle” for no remuneration whatsoever. However, I liked the person who asked me, and since I was…

Tips for Better Baking: Sugar and Other Natural Sweeteners

Sugar, and its cousins, performs many important roles in baking.   Sugar: provides moisture and tenderness increases the shelf-life of finished products caramelizes at high temperatures, and adds sweetness All refined sugars (granulated white sugar, confectioner’s/icing sugar, brown or golden yellow sugar, and “raw” sugars such as Demerara and turbinado), are equal when it comes to their…