Almond paste recipe – A seasonal bread: Kerststol

Updated: 26-December-2016 There are foods you only eat in certain times of the year. Brussel sprouts are typically a winter vegetable, whereas I link strawberries to summer. Another one of these is almond paste and breads filled with almond paste (in the Netherlands these are called ‘stol’ and I believe …

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 …

Food Science Basics in 6 weeks – part 4: Food Physics

Welcome to week 4 of the ‘Food Science Basics in 6 weeks’ course! If you’ve just dropped in mid-way, no problem. Keep on reading if you’d like to learn more about food physics or hop on to the first week of this programme. I think it’s easiest if you follow …

Making jam – the Science

In our garden we have several fruit trees, including two fig trees. Unfortunately, I’m not a big fan of fresh figs and they tend to spoil before I eat them. Luckily, I do like fig jam! So I’ve tried to convert all my figs into jam. What’s more, making jam …