Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Sugar and Spice

Chili Raspberry Brownies
Cool weather ahead! Time for a fire in the hearth, an extra blanket on the bed. You can turn up your internal thermostat, too, with warming spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and pepper to create a cozy feeling from the inside out.

Here’s a tour of the world of spices, along with usage tips and some of our favorite sweet-and-spicy recipes for now through the new year.

Baker's Profile

Norrinda Brown Hayat

(L-R) Norrinda Brown Hayat, Betty Hinton, and Linda Hinton Brown in the kitchen.
It all started with a pound cake—a light, moist, “mile-high” vanilla cake that Linda Hinton Brown’s mother, Elizabeth Ruth (“Betty”) Hinton, taught her to make when she was a little girl. Linda’s daughter, Norrinda Brown Hayat, watched her grandmother make that cake every weekend until she went away to college, and that 100-year-old recipe inspired Norrinda and Linda to open Brown Betty Dessert Boutique in Philadelphia’s Northern Liberties District—and to publish a cookbook filled with the bakery’s most popular recipes.

In The News

New products from C&H Sugar!

C&H Superfine and Light Brown Flip Top Canister
Just in time for holiday baking, we’re pleased to announce some exciting new products that will add flavor, convenience, and British tradition to your kitchen.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Mmm - Meringue!

Lemon Blossom Pie
The ingredient list couldn’t be simpler: egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar or vinegar. The instructions are even more minimal: beat the ingredients until they increase greatly in volume and become thick, smooth, and glossy.
That, in brief, is meringue. And yet consider the many possibilities: crisp little cookies, creamy pie toppings, layered Pavlovas, magical baked Alaska, spreadable frostings. Meringue is an ideal summertime treat—light and fat free, a perfect partner for ripe fruit. And because it’s gluten free and high in protein, it fits into contemporary diet preferences, too.

Baker's Profile

Meg Ray

Meg Ray
“I eat cake every single morning, and I don’t ever want to wake up any other way!” says Meg Ray, founder of what has been dubbed the San Francisco Bay Area’s most charming pastry shop.

Today, Miette—the French word for “crumb”—has four locations around the Bay Area. In 2011 Meg published Miette, a cookbook that “brings the enchantment home,” according to the publisher’s blurb. That’s a long way from Meg’s beginnings more than 10 years ago, when she sold her classic carrot, coconut, and chocolate cakes at a single farmers’ market in Berkeley, California.

In the News

Domino Foods and American Diabetes Association: Raising Awareness about Diabetes

In December 2012 Domino Foods, Inc., maker of C&H® Sugar and Domino® Sugar, joined the American Diabetes Association as a National Strategic Partner of the association’s Recipes for Healthy Living online resource. Why would a sugar company partner with a diabetes organization? Because we care about raising awareness about diabetes. And because our all-natural sugar-and-stevia-blend products, Domino® Light and C&H® Light—featured in a number of delicious recipes on the ADA site—help promote healthy lifestyle choices for people living with diabetes.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Kids in the Kitchen

No-Bake Jungle Bars
Looking for a great family activity that’s inexpensive, educational, and fun, and creates memories that last a lifetime? Look no further than your kitchen.

Baking with your children—or grandchildren, nieces and nephews, or godchildren—provides an opportunity to share your skills and enthusiasm with young people. Yes, it requires patience and good humor, but the rewards are sweet in more ways than one!

We invited some baking and education experts to share their tips for successful family baking. They generously accepted—and offered some of their kid-friendly recipes, to boot!

Baker's Profile

Megan and Kyle McGuire

Megan and Kyle McGuire
Like many families, the McGuires of Johnston, Iowa, enjoy baking together. Unlike most families, the McGuires have taken their hobby on the road—all the way to the Iowa State Fair, where the three McGuire children have won prizes for their creations. Last summer, the two youngest McGuires—Megan, then 6, and Kyle, 12—each took home first-place ribbons and cash awards for their submissions to C&H Sugar’s Chocolate Chip Cookie contest.

We wanted to know what it takes to be a state fair baking-contest winner before you’ve entered your teen years, so we talked to Megan, Kyle, and mom Phoelisa (a baker and state-fair contestant herself!).

In the News

Home Baking Association’s Recipe for Success

Home Baking Association
Here’s one positive effect of the recession: Americans have been returning to the kitchen, saving money while rediscovering the pleasures of home-cooked meals. It’s safe to say no one finds the trend more gratifying than the educators, nutrition experts, and corporate members of the Home Baking Association (HBA).