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Grappa - can it be used in baking recipes

I tried some last night. It seems very powerful (40% vol) but I could not discern any taste other than alcohol. Perhaps I will try a tablespoon in a loaf cake or flame it for Cherries Jubilee. The bottle is from Italy Villa de Varda - Grappa de Lagrein. No English on the label.

Oct 23, 2013
subrosa39 in Home Cooking

Grappa - can it be used in baking recipes

Received a bottle of Grappa which no one here will drink and would like to use it up in baking. I just made a bourbon pecan fruitcake with 2 cups of bourbon. Was tempted to try the Grappa but didn't want to mess with a family favorite. Can Grappa be used in baking?... cakes, loaf cakes (banana & pumpkin), etc?

Oct 22, 2013
subrosa39 in Home Cooking

Grandmamma's Orange Cake

I think the cake absorbs the sauce much better while it is hot. Another poster suggests poking holes in the cake while it is still in the pan and using 1/3 of the sauce. After it is turned out onto a plate, use the rest of the sauce. Sounds like a good idea to me.

Jul 07, 2013
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Grandmamma's Orange Cake

I make a sour cream orange pound cake that was a winner in a baking contest. It is almost identical (but twice the size). It calls for orange zest which I don't like so I substitute a few drops of orange oil. You have to be careful not to add more than a few drops. That is orange oil not artificial orange extract. Everyone loves this cake.

Feb 25, 2013
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Classic Retro Inspired Dishes

I find skinless chicken is always dry so I cook it with the skin on and either remove it before serving or just leave it on especially if it is nicely browned.

Feb 24, 2013
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Now, How About Vintage Cakes?

The 70's are considered vintage? My grandmother's recipe notebook has handwritten recipes that call for butter, the size of an egg. What would that be ... about 1/4 cup? Her recipes must date back to the 1920's at least.

Feb 20, 2013
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Now, How About Vintage Cakes?

Absolutely! I always substitute raisins in any recipe that calls for them.

Feb 20, 2013
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Now, How About Vintage Cakes?

If it was made without peel, more people would like it. Seems a British thing - like marmalade.

Feb 20, 2013
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Now, How About Vintage Cakes?

Good Tip! I use the same method when making Blueberry Loaf. I mix 1/2 the blueberries (floured) into the batter and then sprinkle the remaining blueberries over layers of batter. I serve it toasted for breakfast and each slice has a few berries. Next time I make it I may layer all the berries and not mix any into the batter.

Feb 15, 2013
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what is "8 ounces" of canned pineapple?

The recipe does not inspire confidence. It says to *pour* batter into two greased and floured 9"x5" pans and then at the end it says, "Makes 1 loaf".

Feb 15, 2013
subrosa39 in Home Cooking

what is "8 ounces" of canned pineapple?

Thank you paulj for going to the trouble of looking up this recipe. Yes, it is the one I'm planning on using. I could use a familiar recipe and substitute coconut oil but I thought it would be better to use one specifically formulated for coconut oil. It is solid (semi) at room temperature so that may affect the texture of the batter somewhat. You're right about the amount of liquid being low.
Coconut oil is now available at Costco so the price is less prohibitive (but still pricey).

Jan 17, 2013
subrosa39 in Home Cooking

what is "8 ounces" of canned pineapple?

This is a recipe from a recent book, "The Coconut Miracle". I couldn't find a 5 1/2 oz can of crushed pineapple and wondered if it was a typo and it should read 15 1/2 oz can. I did the conversions (5 1/2 oz, 156 ml or .66 cups). It doesn't feel right somehow but I guess loaf cakes are fairly forgiving. This recipe is for Coconut Banana Bread and calls for 1 cup of coconut oil. I hate to waste it.

Jan 17, 2013
subrosa39 in Home Cooking

what is "8 ounces" of canned pineapple?

I, too, am trying to figure out how much pineapple to use in a recipe I want to try. My recipe calls for 1 can (5 1/2 oz) crushed pineapple with juice. I picked up a small can today 398 ml. I sounds like the same size as yours (8 cm x 8 cm). So do I weigh the contents of the can and then measure out 5 1/2 oz?

I am so grateful to the government that only metric is allowed on cans. There is both in the US - at least on the items I have purchased there. I think the metric system is firmly entrenched in Canada now so why not loosen up? Shades of the Quebec mentality.

Jan 16, 2013
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Bailey's Irish Cream has solidified - can it be salvaged for baking?

It makes some sense once it has been opened but with all the alcohol you would think a sealed bottle would keep indefinitely.

Dec 10, 2012
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Bailey's Irish Cream has solidified - can it be salvaged for baking?

Sour? Really? I gross out fairly easily but I would have no hesitation using it in baking as long as it wouldn't have any ill effects. Have two more unopened bottles in the liquour cabinet but cannot tell if they have separated as well. Guess they will have to go. :-( Will NOT be replacing.

Dec 09, 2012
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Bailey's Irish Cream has solidified - can it be salvaged for baking?

I tried to pour some Bailey's Irish Cream but it had separated into chunks. All that was left in the bottle was solidified cream. The liquid part had probably been poured out earlier. The bottle is such a dark color you cannot even see what's in there. I managed to shake out all the chunks and have it stored in a jar in the fridge. I hate to throw it out; it smells too good to waste. Could it be used in a cake, cookie or bar recipe - perhaps replacing some of the butter? Is it really cream? If so, how much butterfat would it contain? Thanks for any suggestions.

Dec 09, 2012
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Quick breads: oil vs. butter

I like to use butter but when the recipe calls for oil could I use part butter and part coconut oil (melted)? I think there are factors beyond my scope regarding liquid versus solid. I prefer not to use oil but I want the recipe to turn out successfully. I'm looking for a quick bread that isn't too moist and crumbly - something that can be toasted and buttered for breakfast.

Nov 21, 2012
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New Best Foods Mayonnaise - is it my imagination?

"But evidence is mounting that canola oil actually promotes heart disease and is a hoax on the public rivaling the promotion of margarine."

Learn more: http://www.NaturalNews.com/026365_oil...

I, too, thought canola was healthier but NOT after reading this article!

Apr 19, 2011
subrosa39 in General Topics

White House Apple Pie vs. Martha Stewart's

To me Golden Delicious has a slight pear flavor so if you like that variety you might try adding pears to your apple pie. I like the apples in my pies to be very soft, better mushy than hard, so partially cooking them in the microwave seems to do the trick.

Feb 17, 2011
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Zesty Carrot Casserole

Boil the carrots until barely tender, drain and save the cooking water. Use 1/4 cup of this reserved water to add to the mayo, onion, horseradish & pepper mixture to thin it to a sauce-like consistency. I would not reduce the horseradish unless perhaps you are using the extra hot horseradish. Also, plain breadcrumbs are fine. If made ahead and refrigerated, allow a little more baking time. (350-375 oven)

If you want to snazzy up the recipe (and have the time and/or patience) cut the carrots in julienne strips about 3" long. Try to place them in casserole with the strips all going in the same direction.
Very, very good with roast beef.

Mar 09, 2010
subrosa39 in Home Cooking

How to lighten classic carrot cake???

rainey - thank you for taking the time to write out the recipe. I'm thinking you are a profession baker.

Mar 08, 2010
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How to lighten classic carrot cake???

Would you be kind enough to write out the revised recipe? I got lost along the way. I'd love to make a lighter version of carrot cake.
Thanks.

Mar 07, 2010
subrosa39 in Home Cooking