Favorite Baking Spices

Food/Cooking - Cooking
By: pamperedpen    
24-Sep-2013

Introduction:Baking is one of my passions; and these five spices are my favorite of all baking spices. Having been taught by my chef-father, I learned to bake biscuits, cakes and yeast breads at an early age. He always emphasized using freshly ground spices when baking; and our kitchen had a never-ending supply of the basics like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and allspice.

  • 01

    Cinnamon

    Freshly ground cinnamon is my most favorite baking spice because of its versatility. You can use cinnamon in everything you bake including breads, pies, cakes, savories, roasted and baked meats-you name it-cinnamon is a very versatile baking spice. I prefer Ceylon Cinnamon or "pure cinnamon" that comes from a real cinnamon tree. It is more expensive than other varieties; but well worth the cost when making baked goods.

  • 02

    Nutmeg

    My second favorite baking spice is nutmeg. I once visited the Caribbean Islands and got a chance to see nutmeg in its true form. I love the spicy flavor and the since of well-being it creates. Not only is it a great spice to use in baking; nutmeg has proven health benefits and is good for indigestion, bad breath and skin problems. I use nutmeg in everything from biscuits to hot chocolate!

  • 03

    Ginger

    Ginger has long been a staple in my kitchen. My father baked with ground ginger; but I have taken my love of ginger to the next level by grinding my own ginger root and making ginger paste as well as chopped ginger. Since this is very potent, I only need a bit to flavor baked goods. I use the rest for sinus relief and indigestion.

  • 04

    Cloves

    Most people are familiar with whole cloves that are used to flavor ham, beef and other pork dishes. I love to bake with ground cloves and use them in cookies, cakes-especially gingerbread and pies. The pungent order and well as high flavor content allow a little bit of cloves (pinch or 1/8 teaspoon) to go a long way.

  • 05

    Allspice

    Allspice is part of the pepper family of spices. The neat thing about this baking spice is that it reminds me of cloves with a "kick". As a result, if I run out of cloves; then I use allspice as a substitute in baking. I prefer allspice when baking cookies-especially sugar cookies or snickerdoodles.







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