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Archive for April, 2011

FOOD TRIVIA: Fun Pizza Facts

 

 
Enjoy these fun pizza facts from Grande Pizza Co. of Boca Raton, Florida. Our favorite discoveries? Toppings in Russia include sardines, tuna, mackerel, salmon and red onions, and a popular Chinese pizza is topped with eel with thousand island dressing.

Find lots of pizza recipes in our Pasta & Pizza Section.
 

  

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TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Chocolate Cheesecake Goat Cheese Log

Capri Chocolate goat cheese is a bettter-
for-you chocolate cheesecake. Photo by
River Soma | THE NIBBLE.

 

If you like chocolate cheesecake, here’s a better-for-you version:

Capri Chocolate chocolate goat cheese from Westfield Farms.

It’s better for you in at least three ways:

1. Less cholesterol/fat in general.

2. More easily digestible for people with lactose sensitivity.

3. Enjoying an inch-wide slice of the chocolate log, with or without a graham cracker or tea biscuit, is far more prudent than devouring a whole slice of cheesecake.

Read the full review.

Want a classic cheesecake recipe with cream cheese, mascarpone or ricotta?

Check out our 15 cheesecake recipes, including Chocolate Cheesecake and White Chocolate Cheesecake with Raspberry Sauce.

 

  

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TIP OF THE DAY: Baking With Parchment Paper

If you have trouble removing cakes from pans, no matter how much butter and flour you use to grease them, try the parchment paper technique.

Parchment paper, also called baking parchment or baking paper, is a grease-resistant, moisture-resistant, heavy duty kitchen paper. It is available in rolls, rounds and sheets.

You can find parchment paper in the supermarket alongside the foil, plastic and wax paper wraps, and also in specialty stores.

Parchment paper is different from wax paper. Wax paper is coated with wax, whereas parchment paper is impregnated with silicone. Parchment can withstand oven temperatures up to 500°F. Wax paper purportedly can be used up to 350°F, but we haven’t tried it. Parchment is our go-to-paper.

 

With parchment paper, cakes lift out easily.
Photo courtesy Beyond Gourmet.

 

There is no need to grease a cookie sheet/baking sheet that is covered with parchment, and cookie sheets don’t need “handles.” Cut the paper to the size of the metal sheet. But if the sides of a cake pan are not fully covered in parchment, butter them.

Another benefit of parchment: it keeps the surface clean, so there’s much less to wash up.

  • For rectangular cake pans: Line the pan with parchment, leaving 2-3 inches hanging over the long sides. To remove the cake from the pan, just lift by the parchment “handles.”
  • For round cake pans: Cut enough parchment to create the handles and place in the pan. Top with a round circle of parchment.
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    How about baking zucchini bread using parchment?

      

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    RECIPE: Prince William’s Chocolate Biscuit Cake

    Prince William’s favorite, Chocolate Biscuit
    Cake. Photo courtesy Lady Mendl’s Tea
    Salon | New York.

     

    Just because you’re not invited to the luncheon following the royal wedding doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it at home.

    We’ve got the recipe for Prince William’s groom’s cake, the Chocolate Biscuit Cake of his childhood. It’s also said to be one of Queen Elizabeth’s favorite teatime treats.

    It’s a very rich chocolate refrigerator cake, made from ganache and tea biscuits.

    The recipe comes from royal chef Darren McGrady’s cookbook, Eating Royally. The book is an opportunity to see what the Royals eat and enjoy the exact same recipes served at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Balmoral Castle and Kensington Palace.

  • Here’s the recipe.
  • Find more cake recipes in our Gourmet Cakes Section.
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    MOTHER’S DAY GIFT IDEA: Decorated Shortbread Cookies

    Send sweet “Happy Mother’s Day” wishes with this collection of heart and flower cookies from Fancypants Bakery, maker of THE NIBBLE’s favorite decorated cookie gifts.

    Why are Fancypants cookies different from other decorated cookies?

    These are top-quality shortbread, not dry sugar cookies. You can taste the buttery goodness in each bite.

    The cookies are made with all natural ingredients, including enriched wheat flour, butter, pure cane sugar, eggs, vanilla and cream of tartar. Coloring is used only in the decorator’s icing.

    And the icing is delicious, too. Having tasted our way through cookies topped with too-sweet and hard-as-cement icings, we know a winner when we find it.

  • Buy Mother’s Day cookies online.
  • Find more of our favorite Mother’s Day Gifts.
  • Read our full review of Fancypants Bakery.
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    Say it with shortbread hearts and flowers
    for Mom. Photo courtesy Fancypants Bakery.

     

      

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