Holiday Cookies: Gluten-Free Chocolate Meringues

… extraordinary than their floury friends. These easy-to-make meringues come together in a snap. Warming the egg whites helps dissolve the sugar, and warm whites actually whip up more fully than cold whites. Be sure to beat the egg white mixture until you get stiff peaks but the mixture remains glossy (over-whipping will result in a dry meringue). And as with anything involving chocolate, choose a good-Quality dark cocoa powder and your favorite bittersweet (or even semi-sweet) chocolate for the …

The recipe for making chocolatey gifts | Baking the seasons 

… made it from the recipe in the book). By toasting stale rye breadcrumbs, you get a crunch in the middle of these chocolate pieces that is completely addictive. Always start with good Quality chocolate, as it is the star in both these recipes. For the Earl Grey truffles, I have chosen one of my favourite combinations for a ganache-based truffle, but the truth is you could steep almost anything in cream to make your own bespoke treats. To continue reading this article and to access the recipe, …

Mast Brothers Respond to Chocolate Attacks — Grub Street

By Sierra Tishgart | December 10 2015 The Mast Brothers Respond to Attacks on Their Chocolate’s Authenticity You really can’t argue with the great packaging, though. Photo: Mast Brothers Since brothers Rick and Michael Mast launched Mast Brothers in Brooklyn in 2007, chocolate experts have long debated the reason for the brand’s popularity. Is the chocolate actually high-Quality and bean-to-bar, as claimed, or is most of …

How to Make Caramelized White Chocolate – Bon Appétit

… flavor is surprisingly complex and nutty, somewhere between dulce de leche, butterscotch, and caramel. For the best flavor and texture, use a good-Quality white chocolate that’s at least 30 percent cocoa butter (we like Valrhona). A low-Quality white chocolate tends to have more stabilizers that can seize in the oven and taste waxy. To achieve a silky-smooth texture, add a tablespoon of fat like vegetable oil or virgin coconut oil to the chocolate. Stir the mixture every 15 minutes or so with …

10 best bean-to-cup coffee machines

… are plenty of other features that come with the heftier price tags — for example, the ability to personalise your coffee preferences, attached milk frothers, wi-fi connectivity and more. But don’t ignore the cheaper end ones if you’re happy with a more manual machine and don’t necessarily need a milk frother or barista-Quality crema. Regardless of price, the machines in our round-up are easy to use and produce rich, smooth, tasty coffee. A word of advice – if you’re using a …