The New Sugar & Spice
A Recipe for Bolder Baking
By Samantha Seneviratne
Cool looking book with a simple introduction and each chapter covers a particular spice.
I followed all of these recipes exactly as written.
Hot Honeycomb Candy
Makes about 1 pound of candy
The main flavors in this bad boy are honey chocolate and cayenne. I have to admit I may have gone on the high side with the pepper. The recipe gave me an option of how much to put in so I went with the large amount, didn’t seem like much, but when I was eating the candy I think the cayenne pepper actually got hotter. If I made it again I would use the 1/8 tsp option instead. Now my fire breathing friends thought it was great and even though it was hot I did too.
How often do you get to pull a frozen yummy from the freezer and have it be good for your to? Not very often right? Well these pops have refreshing mango-yogurt in it as well as spicy cardamom which has its own health benefits like being an anti-carcinogenic and antidepressant agent to name just a few. Very refreshing after mowing your yard on a hot summer day.
Butter Rum Snack Cake
Makes 16 pieces
Rum cake reminds me of Hawaii every time I try it. This one did too with its light rum infused cake topped with crushed macadamia nuts. However it did have a downside that I think took away from how good this could have been. It was drenched in ginger. I like ginger but this was too much. It used more ginger than I have ever put in a recipe before, both fresh ginger and crystallized. I think it the ginger was cut down to where you could still perceive it but can taste the other flavors I would like it much more.
Strawberry Thyme Semifreddo
Serves 8Make This Recipe
A lot of elbow grease and folding went into this light ice cream like desert. It uses a custard and whip-cream in hard peaks to get the fluffiness into this pink block of yum. I felt that the thyme got lost in this even though you could see the fresh thyme leaves suspended throughout the semifreddo. Doesn’t matter, tasted so strawberry good I loved it. Sliced it like a loaf of bread and served that topped with more candied strawberry slices. Makes a lot but refreezes well and lasts for months!
Ingenious takes on popular treats and deserts. I really liked this book and because these kind of recipes are tended to be shared there is no need to give it low marks because its not made for one person. You make the entire thing then take what you don’t want to work or a family dinner. I feel that some of the recipes over did the spice they were highlighting, but I think it’s easily fixed on the second go around if you did want to try it again. Well written and easy to follow this recipe book will get your friends and family talking when you show up with one of these dishes.