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Chef Dana Herbert, Winner of Cake Boss: The Next Great Baker is an expert sugar artist with a number of nicknames. He’s best known as “The Sugar Daddy” because of his work with pulled and blown sugar, but is also known as Delaware’s “King of Cakes.”
Chef Dana lets the EatinAsian readers in on some tips to make everyone’s all time favorite bites of heaven….Caramel.
- Put Water, Sugar and vinegar in a pot.
- Make sure there are not sugar crystals on the sides of the pan that can burn prematurely.
- Cook sugar until amber in color. A nice brown color. It should have a somewhat deep color. As soon as you reach there shock the sugar in an ice bath to stop the cooking
- Add the heavy cream and butter and stir until dissolved and incorporated
Chef Debbie Moore a graduate from Le Cordon Bleu with a degree in Baking and Pastry has been busy this holiday season working on her sweet and savory site appropriately named DRIZZLE.
Chef Debbie lets us in on some quick useful tips from knives to types of olive oils.
Knife kit: chef knife, serrated knife and paring knife only.
Flours: it’s very important that I use the right type of flour – pastry flour for pies and special desserts; cake flour for cakes and AP flour for everything else.
Oils and Vinegars: I like to cook with flavored oils, garlic or shallot, basil, etc. I always like to use fruit-flavored vinegars in salads with fruit or cheeses, and more acidic ones like tarragon, for vegetables, etc.
Pots and Pans: Stainless steel only – All-Clad will last a lifetime! Pricey but we’ll worth it! Look for sales!
I will use Le Creuset – pots for braising, slow-cooking for stews and soups.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and this week we feature recommendations from Chef Perry with HauteMealz.com. Below are recipes to help take all the guess work out of your meal planning. He’s listed a few ideas in each category….appetizers, sides and salads, to go with your main meal.