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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Which came first...the chicken or the egg?

This question plagues us on a daily basis. It consumes us, much like the SATs, GREs, and other state tests.

Which do you prefer: chocolate or vanilla? (insert dramatic music of choice here)

Yes, this question is tough to answer! Are you Switzerland and choose both? What is the consequence of choosing one over the other? The thoughts and concerns are endless! But fear not dear readers, because I'm here to help! You don't have to choose just one; there are so many options when choosing either chocolate OR vanilla.

With chocolate, try pairing it with strong coffee flavors. Get a good instant espresso powder from your supermarket and carefully add that into your chocolate cake. It intensifies the flavor of the chocolate and the end result is magnifique!

As for you vanilla-ites (ahem, much like myself), there are a lot of things you can do with flavors. Try adding a few tablespoons of liqueur, chopped chocolate chips (they came in a rainbow of flavors and varieties - chips, chunks, disks), nuts, or an exotic vanilla extract or vanilla bean. The possibilities are endless!

When it comes to baking, there is a science to the amount of ingredients and the order in which they are added, but for the little extras, let your creativity go wild!

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