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Peanut Butter Brittle with Chocolate, light & crisp

This peanut butter brittle is a delightful treat. It’s light and crisp, a bit like the inside of a Butterfinger. That lightness is the result of a dash of baking soda that introduces about a zillion air bubbles and transforms brittle into a delicate, crunchable candy. The peanut butter and absence of mix-ins make it …

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Cashew Brittle, the best brittle ever

This cashew brittle is just the thing for when you want to make something that feels impressive but don’t want to spend more than 15 minutes making it. It doesn’t require any fancy ingredients (ok, you should really get some Maldon sea salt for this if you don’t have some already, but really any sea …

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Negroni Pâte de Fruit

I recently watched the first episode of the new season of Netflix’s excellent documentary series Chef’s Table. It focused on Grant Achatz, the highly acclaimed chef behind Chicago’s own Alinea, Next, The Aviary, and Roister. It was a compelling episode, in part because it is so satisfying to watch a person doing what he so clearly should be …

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Miso Caramels (caramel candies for grown ups)

I love salted caramel. You love salted caramel. We all love salted caramel. Or most of us do anyway. It’s getting to the point where it’s unusual to see the word caramel not preceded by some salty adjective. But what if you could take that rich, creamy dark salted caramel and add some notes of umami? …

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Passion Fruit Pâte de Fruit (fruit jellies, or gummies)

It’s December 23rd, and I’m sitting in my pajamas by the Christmas tree with a mug of coffee and the severed head of a gingerbread person from a fresh batch of cookies. There’s nothing like the holidays. Yesterday was a solid day of baking with my sister Erin, and now we have containers with eight (!) …

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