Holiday baking season is officially underway, and that means a few timely staples will once again make their way into your pantry. Before you grab another bottle of molasses, though, it helps to know your options.
When the juice in sugar beets and sugarcane is extracted and refined, a dark, viscous syrup is left behind. That byproduct is molasses, which is mostly used to darken and refine plain granulated sugar (turning it into brown sugar) and in the creation of rum. Molasses is also used as a distinctly flavored sweetener in baking.
As every serious baker can attest, baking is both an art form and a science, and the secret to creating a successful baked good comes down to two things: numbers and ingredients. With the proper numerical balance (that’s where following the recipe closely comes in) and the right high-quality ingredients, you can become a master baker in no time at all.
Given that sugar is one of the most commonly used ingredients across the board, it’s no surprise that it comes in many various forms—and yet we sometimes have a hard time differentiating one from another. While all sugars are derived from similar ingredients, not all are created equal—and sugar’s duties can go well beyond providing sweetness to a recipe.
Bakers of all ages can now cook with a little more magic.
The Disney Store now offers a princess-themed baking set—and it is so. cute.
The set, which includes two mixing bowls and two whisks, is $24.95 and is available at the Disney Store.
This is a hands-on, intensive pie that asks you to decimate, or at least abandon, any timid nature. Beating around the butter won’t do. I’m afraid you’ll only be massaging butter into smaller balls of butter and have tangled yourself in a very long, tedious procedure of getting dough. Dig into the bowl the way your heart dives into writing love letters. Act with intention and give it your all.