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 …

Science of making bagels – Why & How to boil bagels

Here in the Netherlands bagels aren’t that common. You can find the plain variety in various supermarkets, but that’s about it. So, when I feel like eating special bagels, I’ll have to make them myself. That’s when I realized that the characteristic chewy, dense bagel texture is actually because of its special production process. …

Difference between oliebollen & donuts

A few days ago, someone asked me what the difference between oliebollen and donuts is. Oliebollen are a Dutch snack, typically eaten with new year’s or when there’s a fair in your town. I’ve seen them being called ‘Dutch donuts’ on the internet, even though I really don’t think they …

Yeast fermentation process & its products

Updated: 3-Jan-2016 Science is everywhere when you’re in the kitchen. Just think of your bread dough bubbling away and expanding while proofing. Or a beer in the works. You might not even recognize the science, so common the processes are. The processes described above both involve yeast and fermentation. The so …