Colder weather is baking weather – and baking weather means breaking out a range of extracts to use in your recipes.
Extracts are made by mixing a concentrated flavor with alcohol – literally extracting the flavor of the source ingredient and putting it in a liquid base. The alcohol burns off during cooking or baking, leaving behind only the desired flavor in your cooking. You can read all about extracts over on this blog post.
Lemon and Orange, Coffee and Almond, and omnipresent Vanilla — whichever flavor you prefer, just a little spoonful of any concentrated extract will impart a big dose of flavor to your cookies, breads, cakes, and even beverages.
We’ve also just added some fun new extract flavors to our ingredient offerings:
Black Walnut Extract: Incorporate the distinctive flavor of black walnut into your cooking. Black Walnut Extract is bold, with notes reminiscent of smoke and wine. Add a smidgen to your pecan pie, or add a splash to your cobbler topping for just a little something extra. Nutty sweet rolls, fudge and toffee, cakes and cookies, and any dish that calls for black walnuts can be improved with a dash of Black Walnut Extract. Outside the bakery category, it’s also a nice addition to a salad dressing in need of a nutty note, or even hearty winter vegetables before roasting. (2 oz bottle for $7.50)
Coconut Extract: For those occasions when you don’t want the texture of coconut in your recipe, or if you do, but want to boost the tropical flavor of the dish, Coconut Extract is the solution to your cooking conundrum. Coconut Extract brings the taste and aroma of fresh coconuts by the teaspoonful. Use it to enhance cookies, cakes, cheesecakes, chocolate desserts, ice cream, pies, pudding, and more. (2 oz bottle for $4.25)
Rum Extract: Our Rum Extract is made from rum, and boasts that full rum flavor, but without the high alcohol content associated with “real” rum. A little bit of Rum Extract will enhance an entire dish, without messing up the liquid balance of the recipe. It is a great addition to pound cakes, cobblers, coffee drinks, and confections. (2 oz bottle for $5.50)
Hazelnut Extract: Our Hazelnut Extract adds a rich nutty flavor to recipes: a perfect addition to banana or other breads, coffee liqueurs, granolas, and brownies. Any hazelnut dessert (cheesecake, chocolate truffles, rich coffee cake or ice cream) or anything Nutella-themed (spreads and frostings, cupcakes) tastes better with a hint of Hazelnut Extract. Spritz a little Hazelnut Extract on fresh beans before grinding to make your own hazelnut coffee (or slip 1/2 tsp into a fresh-brewed 10-cup pot). (2 oz bottle for $5.50)
But wait! There’s more!
Almond Extract: Use our pure almond extract ($7/bottle) to add the warm, mellow, nutty flavor of almonds to baked good favorites such as pies and pastries. Add almond extract to candies, cookies, frostings and pastry fillings for a fabulous finishing touch. A baker’s pantry necessity, a little almond extract [1/2 tsp per batch] goes a long way.
Enjoy the essence of rich, fresh-brewed coffee in your baking. No need to brew a whole pot of java or worry about gritty grounds slipping into your dessert recipe. Add a little Coffee Extract ($5.25/bottle)for subtle richness in a cold vanilla milkshake or hot chocolate.
When it comes to dessert, citrus-y Lemon Extract and Orange Extract ($4.50/each) are often used in cakes, muffins, frostings, and pies, and adds a bright note to holiday baking. Add lemon extract to classic pound cakes, cookies, lemon chiffon cake, cheesecake, custards, or lemon meringue pie. 1 teaspoon Extract = 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon peel. Orange extract can enhance rice, chicken, chicken a la orange and fish dishes. Orange extract brings a citrus touch to marinades for fish or pork. One tsp. orange extract is equal to one tbsp. orange liqueur [like Grand Marnier].
Peppermint Extract ($4.50/bottle) is best known for its familiar taste in holiday cooking: ice cream, candy, cookies, cakes, baked goods. Peppermint is especially bracing when paired with chocolate [the darker, the better!]. Our peppermint extract is strong, so use just a little to flavor a whole batch of frosting or candy. Try a drop of peppermint extract to flavor teas, or to enhance fruit salads.
The best-selling of all our extracts, Vanilla is derived from the fruits of the Vanilla orchid, a native plant of Mexico. AllSpice carries four different kinds of vanilla extract, ranging from Bourbon Island Vanilla Extract ($5.50/bottle) and its organic variety, to hearty Mexican Vanilla Extract ($6/bottle) and delicate Tahitian Vanilla Extract ($8.25/bottle).