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The Importance of a Base Recipe in Baking

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Single cookie for The Importance of Base Recipes in BakingThis is a perfect base recipe for cookies as it can be adapted endlessly and can be put together in a matter of minutes.

When baking professionally a base recipe is not only desirable but necessary. It is impossible to have 40 chocolate cake recipes or one for every chocolate cake you ever made. We had about 6 but our work horse was the cake for the Espresso Fudge Cake.

We could combine endless fillings and finishes as well as baking the layers thicker or thinner depending upon what we wanted when we used a base recipe.

I first used this recipe in “My Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies”. I listed the following points that make this cookie a favorite.

The cookies shown in this blog are the Orange Macadamia Chocolate Chip Cookie listed below.

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Triple Ginger Crisps

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Triple Ginger Crisp These Triple Ginger Crisps are a mouthful of flavor. They should be very crisp when cooled. These are a make ahead treat as the flavor gets better as they are stored in a tin. The three types of ginger give a bite to the cookies and they leave a lingering taste that makes you reach for one more.

These Triple Ginger Crisps can be made relatively quickly or they can be made a little fancier if you’re willing to spend a bit more time.  They can be left plain or finished with sanding sugar  which can be found in kitchen supply stores, grocery stores and on the net.  It won’t melt when baked as regular sugar will.  Another sugar that can be used is pearl sugar. Continue reading

Almond Raspberry Triangles

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Almond Raspberry TrianglesAlmond Raspberry Triangles were one of the most popular petit fours in our petit four box.  Whether they are cut full size into squares or smaller triangles, this really easy to make bar is an unusual combination of flavors.  My son referred to it as a “sleeper”.  It is not the fanciest bar or petit four but certainly one of the best.

The base of these Almond Raspberry Triangles is shortbread that is pressed into the pan and topped with raspberry.  The crowning glory is a mixture of almonds, eggs. Amaretto, vanilla, almond extracts and butter that are quickly processed together and poured over the baked base. Continue reading

Almond Macaroons

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Almond MacaroonsAlmond Macaroons are simplicity itself and one of the easiest, fastest, most delicious cookies you can make.

Be sure to use almond paste and not almond filling or almond marzipan when making these.  Each of those has other ingredients in them.  Almond paste is made of almonds, sugar and almond extract with water to hold it all together.  It is very smooth and is used to make marzipan which in turn is used in Europe to cover wedding cakes and make shaped candies or candy centers.

It is possible to make your own almond paste and several methods can be found on the internet.  At the bottom of the article several sites are given if you are so inclined. Because we made a lot of these at the bakery we used pre-made almond paste and I still do.  Several consumer brands are available in my area, the largest being Solo Pure Almond Paste and Odense Pure Almond Paste. Continue reading

Plantation Spice Cookies

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Plantation spice cookies These Plantation Spice Cookies are one of my very most favorite cookies and are straight from “Julia Child & More Company” with minor changes. I love the crackle finish on these best of all spice cookies.

Several weeks ago I posted some of my favorite books from which I learned to bake. This recipe for spice cookies  was among my favorites. Continue reading