What makes Oreo cookies black – On cocoa powder science

Oreo cookies are that type of cookie that’s combined with everthing and used for all sorts of baked goods. There’s Oreo cookie ice cream, Oreo cookie pie crust, etc. The super black outer cookie with the snow white gooey inside make it look different than a lot of cookies out …

Making Vanillin – Three production routes & Their chemistry

Vanilla is one of the most common and popular flavours in food. Are there ice cream shops that do not sell a vanilla ice cream? There are several ways to make food taste like vanilla. You can either use pure vanilla, or you can use (artificial) vanillin. Since we’ve discussed …

Vanilla ice cream recipe

Since a couple of years now we have an ice cream machine. It’s been used plenty, for all sorts of ice creams. Since I don’t like doing the same recipe over again and again (some exceptions though, this bread has been made tons of times), I tend to change something different …

Science of waffle making – Do you need to flip them over?

A while ago we bought a waffle iron as a present for someone else. It was actually one of those machines that could also make grilled sandwiches or use it as a grill for meat, etc. When I think of waffle irons, I think of those machines that you can …

Lemon bars – The power of egg yolks

When I make ice cream or some other sort of custard I would normally ‘cheat’, I’d use some corn starch or regular flour to thicken up my custard. It’s some sort of cheating since it should also be possible without any flours, but by using egg (yolks) only. Nevertheless, those …

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 …