Baking cookies – What happens in the oven

Cookies + science = happiness, isn’t it? We’ve discussed cookie science quite a few times here on the blog. Whether it’s the role of different ingredients, the role of food colouring or just to share recipes. We haven’t discussed though what happens in the oven, where the cookie actually gets transformed …

Roasting marshmallows – Science over a campfire or barbecue

Want to sound fancy during your next barbecue or outdoor outing? Tell your fellow roasters what happens when roasting those marshmallow you’re making over the campfire or last heat of the barbecue! Don’t know what happens yourself? Good thing we’ve written this post on exactly that topic :-). Even though not …

What is red velvet? – A cookie recipe

Before making a red velvet cake or making red velvet cookies I never knew what red velvet cake or cookies were. I assumed they were plain vanilla cookies with a bright red colour. How could I know they contain cocoa powder (= brown!)? Why on earth are we trying to colour a …

French Toast: Oven vs. Pan & A recipe with strawberrries

French toast is one of my favorite ways to finish old, stale bread. A good soak in a soggy egg mixture, softens the bread and still makes it great to eat. When in high school one of the first things I was taught to make in cooking classes was French …

What is extraction? – The theory & Food

After writing about making your own extracts (vanilla & orange/lemon) and how to use these it is time we start talking more hard core science. What is extraction from a chemists perspective? And is there something we can calculate here? Making you interested in food science is one of the …

The Casein family – Protein & cheese science

There are so many different types of cheese: brie, fresh cheese, mozzarella, gruyere, parmezan, Gouda, paneer, emmentaler and I could go on for a lot longer. What’s interesting though is how they just about all depend on one type of protein in milk: the casein proteins. Thanks to these proteins …

Orange and lemon zest extract – Alcohol extraction

When making a dessert (hot cross waffles!) the other I needed the zest of about 1/5 of an orange and of a lemon. I don’t like using half products though. So I wanted to use all the zest in some useful way and decided to give makingmy own orange and …