A recipe test run is a surefire way to get it right
Enjoying the warmth of the kitchen and the aromas of holiday cooking are some of the most cherished holiday moments of the season. Before receiving guests and family at your holiday dinner table, pull out your recipe books and add the following holiday baking tips and an easy chocolate truffle recipe to your repertoire. You’ll wow your guests and make your holiday cooking and baking that much easier.
Here are the top holiday tips for baking and cooking success:
- Test Run – If you’re trying a new recipe, be sure to make it once beforehand, before making large quantities for guests and family. This way you’ll have enough time to make adjustments as needed.
- Chocolate 101 – If you’re working with chocolate this holiday season, remember that chocolate tends to absorb other food flavours, so store it away from strong-smelling foods, such as onions or cheese. When melting chocolate, use indirect heat to avoid burning it.
One of the best methods to melt chocolate is to break it up into small pieces and place in a stainless steel bowl on top of a simmering saucepan of water, and stir constantly.
- Fresh is Best – For great flavour, use the freshest ingredients available. If using dried spices remember that spices lose their potency and freshness within six months to a year from the date they are first opened, so check your spice rack and see if you need to re-stock.
- Maximize Flavour – To further maximize their sweet flavour, serve desserts (including baked goods, cooked fruit desserts, puddings, custards and flans) at room temperature rather than chilled. Even frozen desserts will taste sweeter if served slightly softened.
- Crisp and Chewy – To keep soft holiday cookies and desserts chewy, store them in an airtight container with a slice of bread or apple, which will help moisten the cookies. To keep cookies crisp, store them in a can.
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