Science of cinnamon French Toast

One of the very first recipes I learned to make is French Toast. It was one of the recipes we learned to cook during a high school classs, before that I might have cooked buy not really following recipes. After learning how to make this cinnamon french toast (in Dutch …

14x Cookie Science – A roundup

Just like with any food, I like to understand the science of cookies. Why do I have to add certain ingredients and why do I have to do certain processes? If I don’t see a reason to add or do something, chances are I won’t. If ingredients have to be added …

Scones & Scone Dough – Do’s and Don’ts

Clotted cream, jam and scones, a great snack with your afternoon tea, or for your morning breakfast. Making a good scone isn’t hard, but, you need to know a few simple tricks to create a perfect scone (dough). In a lot of cases recipes for baked goods have very specific …

Clotted cream – What it is and how it works (=the science!)

If I say ‘clotted cream’, what’s the first thing that comes up? Scones? For me it certainly is, I wouldn’t actually know when else to eat clotted cream than with a scone! So, when enjoying my afternoon tea at the Bel and the Dragon, close to London, it got me …

Why to use (orange) zest in baked goods – Chocolate babka

Not too long ago I felt like baking something new and saw a beautiful photo flashing by of a chocolate babka. It looked like delicious, a bread (I love bread in case you forgot) with chocolate (which I also happens to enjoy quite a bit). So I decided to give …

Maillard reaction & Dark roux for Gumbo

When on holiday in the United States, we visited New Orleans. Even though I think most American cities aren’t the best for tourists (being used to European cities you can stroll through by foot), I liked New Orleans. We could wander around instead of having to use a car all …

Roasting Walnuts – The what, why and when

Updated: 9-Oct-2016 One of my favorite lunches is a freshly baked slice of bread drizzled with a little honey, covered with goat’s cheese and a few slices of cucumber. And, last, but not least, some freshly roasted walnuts on top. Perfecto! There are also a lot of other recipes (mostly …