Blueberry orange zestmuffin – Using IBM’s Chef Watson

The other day, blueberries were on sale at the supermarket. Blueberries tend to be expensive here so I decided to grab my chance and buy some, not having a clue on what to use them for just yet. Somehow though, blueberries for me are linked to muffins. Blueberry muffins just …

Brownie Science – Some chemistry & A recipe

One of my favorite sweets to bake must be brownies. Reason? They’re super simple to make and just about everybody likes them. Also, it’s easy to vary the recipe: what about walnut brownie, almond brownie or raspberry brownie? I’ve made them all, and they all taste good. But it’s not …

Dutch Apple pie

Whenever I somehow manage to gather an excess of apples in my fridge or want to bring a pie to celebrate a certain occasion, I tend to make apple pie. It’s that pie that nearly everyone likes, isn’t too hard to make and eats great with some whipped cream. So …

Scalding Milk & Making Sticky Cinnamon Rolls

Some foods I want to make just because they look they’re fun to make. One of those are cinnamon rolls. I’ve seen loads of photos of cinnamon rolls: those little round rolls with cinnamon all stacked up in a pan with a lot of sticky glaze over it. Sounds great …

Oven history – evolution of the oven over time

Updated: 8-Dec-2016 In our kitchen we have a great electric oven, it preheats pretty fast (a matter of minutes!), has loads of space and seems to be pretty reliable regarding temperature. It’s perfect for making pies and bread. One of the great things of baking bread is that people have …

Preventing soggy pie crust – On moisture migration

Water can be a food’s best friend but also worst enemy. Water keeps cake moist, strawberries juicy and ice cream solid. But water can also make a cookie soggy and lack of water can make an apple hard and chewy. It can also make a pie crust soggy, especially if …

Deciding on oven temperature – When a recipe doesn’t tell

Updated: 8-Feb-2017 I used to be pretty worried about using the correct temperature for my oven when baking something. I’d check carefully in the recipe, whether I chose the correct setting. If the recipe was in Fahrenheit I would ask Google to convert it to Celsius again for me (I …