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What are mixed spices?

I have a recipe for chow-chow, or green tomato relish. It calls for allspice and mixed spices. I used to know what mixed spices were but I can't find the inf...

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Difference: anise, aniseed, star anise

I recently had a Kitchen Tea and one of the girls gave me whole aniseed. I know what aniseed is, but this is the first time I actually saw that you get it wh...

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Difference: cream of coconut & coconut milk

Can you please explain the difference between "cream of coconut" and "coconut milk?" I have a recipe for a cake that calls for one can of cream of coconut, b...

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What is a square of chocolate?

If a recipe says 2 squares of unsweetened chocolate, is there a weight per square? I live in New Zealand where chocolate is packaged in different measurements.

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What is fondant?

What exactly is fondant? How do you make, and do you have to or can you buy it already made?

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What is frangipane?

I have a cookbook that was written some time ago. In it there is a recipe for frangipan. The recipe resembles pastry cream. It mentions nothing about almond ...

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What is superfine sugar?

I'm learning how to bake cake and breads. One of the recipes calls for superfine sugar. I went crazy looking for it. Can you please tell me what it is and wh...

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What is treacle?

What is British treacle? I recently purchased a Caribbean cookbook and several of the recipes call for British treacle. If it can't be found locally, can som...

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What is castor sugar?

Where can I get cocoa butter, or what would be an acceptable substitute for cocoa butter in a cake recipe?

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What is corn syrup?

Could you please tell me what corn syrup is? I live in New Zealand and have not heard this name before. We have golden syrup, treacle, and maple syrup – is i...

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How much salt is in salted butter?

How much salt is in a stick of salted butter? What problems will I encounter when using salted butter in a recipe instead of unsalted (other than taste)?

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What is thick cream?

I have a recipe that calls for "thick" cream. I cannot find a cream specifically called this. Is this equivalent to whipping cream? The ingredient is for hom...

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What is quark?

What is quark? I have a recipe for white pesto. The ingredients are 200g quark, 30g pine nuts, 75g fresh grated parmesan, and about 12 cloves of pan-braised ...

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