DIY Candied Ginger

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Candied Ginger

One of the classic flavors of the Christmas season is ginger. Gingerbread, ginger cookies, ginger cakes, the list is endless. Another way to add ginger flavor to your holiday desserts is by using candied ginger. Candied ginger is fresh ginger that has been first cooked and then dried with sugar. Use it in moderation. It has more sugar in it … Read More

DIY Vanilla Extract

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I do a lot of baking, especially during the holidays. Vanilla extract is an important part of my favorite sweet treats. It’s a “flavor potentiator” meaning it enhances other flavors including our perception of sweetness. Vanilla extract is usually made from ethyl alcohol, water and low grade vanilla beans. You can increase the quality and flavor by making your own … Read More

DIY Peppermint Extract

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As the holidays roll around, I start baking up a storm.  One of the classic flavors of the winter holidays is peppermint (Mentha piperita).  The peppermint used in baking is usually an extract rather than the leaves themselves.  You can purchase peppermint extract at any grocery store but if you have a pot-o-mint in your garden like I do, it’s … Read More