Praline Paste Recipe

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Praline paste is a sweet caramel, nutty paste you can make using a few simple ingredients.

Praline paste is one component that is used to make hazelnut sauce, or is combined to make a crispy bottom in an entremet cake.

What is praline paste made of

Praline paste is made of caramel (sugar and water) and roasted hazelnuts, then it’s blended into a paste.

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Can you freeze praline paste

Yes, you can freeze praline paste and thaw it in a couple of hours at room temperature.

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How do you use hazelnut praline paste

Hazelnut paste can be used as is for your recipes.

You can use hazelnut paste as the base for making hazelnut sauce.

Another options is using it as a base for creating the bottom of a cake.

You can combine it with melted chocolate, and puffed rice for a delicious, crispy hazelnut and chocolate cake base.

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Praline Paste Recipe

How to make praline paste
Prep Time30 mins
Active Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: sauce
Yield: 200 g

Materials

  • 35 g water
  • 100 g sugar granulated
  • 100 g hazelnuts
  • pinch salt

Instructions

  • Roasted ~100 g of hazelnuts at 360 °F for 15 minutes. Let the nuts cool to room temperature. Remove the skins by rubbing the cooled down nuts in your hands until most of the skins have come off. Remove as much of the skins as possible off of the hazelnuts.
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  • In a medium saucepan, combine water and sugar over low – medium heat. Stir until sugar dissolves and begins boiling. Stop stirring the saucepan and let it boil on its own. Turn down the heat and let it boil on low (1-2).
  • The sugar will go through transformations as it becomes caramel. The sugar will begin to form crystals and be completely dry in the saucepan.
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  • The sugar crystals will begin to melt and become a golden brown color. When it's turning a bit darker of a color, it's time to take it off the heat. You don't want to burn the caramel sauce.
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  • Get a baking pan ready with a silicone baking mat lining it. Once your caramel sauce is finished, remove it from heat. Mix the sauce to make the crystals melt all the way through if there's any left in the pot. Pour the hazelnuts and salt into your caramel sauce and mix until they are fully covered.
  • Pour the hazelnut and caramel sauce onto the silicone baking mat. Let it cool to room temperature, it will solidify.
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  • Break the caramel into smaller pieces. Place them into a food processor. It will be LOUD. Prepare yourself! It's best to do this step with ear protection. Blend on low, then on high. Scrape the sides down and blend until it becomes a paste (a couple of minutes).
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Vanilla Scone Glaze

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Vanilla scone glaze is a sweet, decadent, flavorful icing that you’ll love!

You have the option of adding 1/2 a vanilla bean to infuse even more vanilla flavor into your vanilla scone glaze if desired.

You could also use vanilla bean paste as a substitute (1 tsp).

Vanilla Scone Glaze

Vanilla scone glaze can be use for

  • pumpkin spice scones
  • vanilla bean scones
  • lemon raspberry scones
  • blueberry scones
  • chocolate chip scones
  • cinnamon scones
  • cranberry orange scones
Vanilla scone glaze

How much vanilla scone glaze do you need on top of one scone

You should use approximately 1 tbsp of glaze for each scone. The top of the scone could be completely covered in glaze, or you can drizzle the glaze back and forth.

Vanilla Scone Glaze

Can you substitute milk for Vanilla Scone Glaze

Yes, you can substitute oat milk, macadamia milk, or almond milk for your scone glaze.

What consistency is scone glaze

Scone glaze is thick, viscous, but easily movable. It will flow quickly when you’re putting it on top of your scones.

What does the scone glaze looks like

Vanilla scone glaze has a smooth sheen to it. Vanilla scone glaze will dry and harden in about 30 minutes after it applied to the scone.

Vanilla Scone Glaze

How to make vanilla glaze for scones
Prep Time8 mins
Total Time8 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: glaze
Yield: 0.5 cups

Materials

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 90 ml milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 vanilla bean scraped optional

Instructions

  • Cut the vanilla bean in half with a sharp knife. Use 1/2 of the vanilla bean pod and scrape all the seeds into a bowl.
  • Place the skin of the 1/2 vanilla bean pod into the bowl as well. Add milk and gently with your fingers run it down the vanilla bean. The flavor of the vanilla bean will infuse the milk with a strong aromatic flavor.
  • Remove the pod from the milk. Add vanilla extract and milk together. The beans should be well mixed in the milk by now.
  • Slowly add powdered sugar until it's completely mixed in. If the consistency of the vanilla scone glaze too thick, add a small amount of milk ~1-2 tsps to thin it out. If the vanilla scone glaze is too thin, add a little more powdered sugar.
  • Use a spoon to place the vanilla scone glaze on top of your scones. Store any excess icing in an airtight container in the fridge for about ~3 days.
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Scone Glaze Recipe that Hardens

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One of our favorite icing recipes for glazing scones that hardens up after about 20-30 minutes is a vanilla glaze.

Alternatively, you can replace 15 ml of milk with 15 ml of lemon juice as a lemon glaze for scones.

Make sure to let the scones fully dry before storing them. The scone glaze takes about 20-30 minutes to dry fully. The scones can then be stacked and stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

You can also add a tsp of vanilla bean paste to make the scone glaze a vanilla bean glaze for a bit more added flavoring.

Scone Glaze Recipe that Hardens

Scone Glaze Recipe that Hardens

How to make a scone glaze recipe that hardens on top of scones
Prep Time5 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: dessert
Yield: 12 scones fully covered in glaze

Materials

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 90 ml milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Mix milk and vanilla extract in a small bowl.
  • Add powered sugar to the milk and mix well until the icing does not have any clumps of sugar in it.
  • You can adjust the consistency as needed. If it's a bit too liquid add a little more powdered sugar (1 tbsp). If it's too thick and hard to spread, add a little bit more milk (1 tsp-1 tbsp).
  • Once you're happy with your scone glaze you can add it to your scones. It's best spooned onto the scone and then use the back of the spoon to spread it overtop of all of your scones.
  • Let the scones dry for 20 – 30 minutes before putting them away. If you store the scones immediately after the moisture cannot escape the container and the glaze will remain wet.
  • Store your fully dried glazed scones in an airtight container for up to 3 days at room temperature.
Scone Glaze Recipe that Hardens

Cream Cheese Icing for Cinnamon Rolls

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What is cinnamon roll icing made of

Cinnamon roll icing is made with butter, powdered sugar, salt, and vanilla extract. Cream cheese is added to buttercream icing to make cream cheese icing for cinnamon rolls.

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Do cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting need to be refrigerated

Cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting need to be refrigerated. Any frosting made with cream cheese needs to be refrigerated to stay at a safe temperature. Thaw your cinnamon rolls out from the refrigerator for 20 minutes before serving. Alternatively, you can microwave your cinnamon rolls for 20-30 seconds to warm them up before serving.

The fridge will slow down the aging process of the cinnamon rolls as well, making them stay good for longer than if they remained at room temperature.

Cream Cheese Icing for Cinnamon Rolls

Cream Cheese Icing for Cinnamon Rolls

How to make cream cheese icing for cinnamon rolls
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Keyword: icing
Yield: 12 cinnamon rolls

Materials

  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Cream butter and cream cheese together using a stand mixer or hand mixer. Cream together until light and fluffy. It's easiest to cream them when they are a bit soft. Leave the butter and cream cheese on the counter for 20 minutes to soften before using.
  • Add vanilla extract and salt into the cream cheese icing and beat for 30 seconds until fully combined.
  • Add 1 cup of powdered sugar and cream together. It's ok if the mixture isn't coming together yet, it will!
  • Add the last cup of powdered sugar and beat until the icing becomes smooth and thick ~ 3 minutes on medium-high speed. Be patient, it will come together.
  • Spread cream cheese icing on cinnamon rolls when they have cooled coming out of the oven. Cream cheese icing is enough for 12 cinnamon rolls to be iced.
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Fluffy Lemon Frosting

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Fluffy lemon frosting is tangy and savory which goes well with vanilla cupcakes or macarons.

Our tart lemon frosting makes a lot of icing, if you don’t need that much, feel free to cut the recipe down to how much icing you need.

Lemon frosting can be frozen and used at a later date if you don’t need all of it for your recipe.

Our lemon frosting would be perfect for icing a vanilla or lemon cake as well.

The vanilla extract in the recipe cuts down the bitterness of the lemon juice and makes the icing a bit creamier than if you didn’t add it.

The creaminess of the icing is very palatable and pungent in flavor. Enjoy!

Fluffy Lemon Frosting

How to make fluffy lemon frosting
Prep Time7 mins
Total Time7 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: frosting
Yield: 12 cupcakes

Materials

  • 1 cup butter room temperature
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice fresh
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4-5 cups icing sugar

Instructions

  • Cream butter on high until light and fluffy
  • Add vanilla to butter and mix until well combined. Cream mixture together with lemon zest until evenly distributed.
  • Add 1 cup of icing sugar and mix on low. Add lemon juice and another 3 cups of icing sugar. Cream together.
  • Check the consistency of the icing, if you need it thicker, add more icing sugar as needed.
Fluffy Lemon Frosting

Danish Pastry Filling

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Danishes can be either sweet or savory depending on the type of filling used.

Our Danish pastry filling will be vanilla bean custard. It’s one of the most divine fillings for Danishes.

Danish pastries can be filled using:

You can use jams to create fruit Danishes. Jams are thick and easily used to fill Danishes. It’s much easier to use jams to fill fruit Danishes over fruit sauce.

Custard can be used to fill Danishes of all shapes. You can make raspberry custard, espresso custard, vanilla custard, etc. to fill your Danishes.

Cream cheese fillings are made with egg yolks, cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice and vanilla to create a smooth filling for Danishes. Cream cheese filled Danishes are both filling and satisfying.

Danish Pastry Filling

How to make vanilla bean custard for Danish pastry filling
Prep Time15 mins
Active Time25 mins
Chilling Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 40 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: dessert
Yield: 3 cups

Materials

  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup sugar granulated
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp butter unsalted
  • 2 cups milk

Instructions

  • Place milk in a medium saucepan on low-medium heat.
  • Cut the vanilla bean in half lengthwise with a sharp knife. Remove the vanilla beans and place them in the milk. Place the whole vanilla bean in the milk.
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  • Let the milk just come to a simmer, not boiling. Turn off the heat source and remove the milk from the heat. Let the vanilla bean infuse flavor for 15 minutes.
  • In the meantime, separate your eggs. Place the egg yolks in a large heat proof bowl.
  • Add sugar and cornstarch and mix together with a whisk.
  • Remove the vanilla bean from the saucepan. Slowly temper the eggs by adding a couple of tablespoons of the milk to the eggs at a time and vigorously whisking it until fully emulsified.
  • Continue adding the milk very slowly until fully combined. You do not want to cook the eggs.
  • Strain the mixture back into the saucepan and heat on medium heat.
  • Whisk the mixture frequently. Heat the mixture until the cornstarch has activated. It should be a few minutes. You will feel the mixture becoming thickened with your whisk.
  • Cook for 1 more minute after it has started to thicken.
  • Remove the custard from the heat and add butter. Whisk butter into the custard until it's fully melted. If you want to add any more vanilla flavor, you can add 1-2 tsp of vanilla extract.
  • Let the custard cool to room temperature. Then place plastic cling wrap on top of the custard to prevent a film from forming.
  • Chill the custard for 2 hours before using.

Thick Salted Caramel Sauce

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Thick salted caramel sauce is one of the most delectable toppings you can use for desserts! It’s such a tasty topping for ice cream!

Thick salted caramel sauce can be used for:

How do you make caramel from scratch?

Making caramel from scratch involves cooking granulated sugar and water together in a saucepan for a couple of minutes. Then you add butter and let it cook until it turns an amber color. Let it thicken up, finish the caramel by adding heavy cream, vanilla extract and/or salt depending on which flavor of caramel you are making.

Which sugar is best for caramel?

Granulated sugar is the best for making caramel because it caramelizes well, and it will turn light amber then golden-amber when it’s finished. The more you cook your caramel sauce the darker it will become. There is a thin edge between burnt and finished though, so be sure to watch your caramel sauce throughout the cooking process.

Why is salted caramel so good?

Salted caramel combines the best of 2 competing flavors – saltiness and sugary. The mixture of the two creates a flavor so shocking that it melts in your mouth and gives your mouth this unbelievable taste of caramel like you’ve never had before.

How do you know when your caramel sauce is done?

Your caramel sauce is done when the viscosity of your sauce is thick when you tilt your saucepan, and the color is golden to amber.

What flavor goes with caramel?

Caramel goes with flavors like chocolate, apples, pears, vanilla, butterscotch, popcorn, cream cheese, pecans, and hazelnuts.

Do you stir sugar when making caramel?

No, you do not stir sugar when making caramel. This will cause the sugar to crystallize creating clumps that you may not be able to get out of your caramel sauce. You’ll only be tilting the saucepan near the end of the cooking process to check the thickness of the caramel.

Why is salt added to caramel?

Salt acts as a stabilizer so it preserves your caramel for up to 2 weeks in the fridge. If you’re making salted caramel sauce, more salt is added than regular caramel sauce to give it a more salty & sugary taste.

Thick Salted Caramel Sauce

Thick Salted Caramel Sauce

How to make thick salted caramel sauce for ice cream, topping desserts, macarons or in lattes.
Prep Time30 mins
Active Time5 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: topping
Yield: 2 cups

Materials

  • 1 cup sugar granulated
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter unsalted
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan, place granulated sugar and water over medium heat. Let the sugar completely dissolve by stirring it with a whisk. Cook for 3-5 minutes.
  • Add butter and let the mixture boil by itself. Do not stir.
  • Let the mixture boil on low heat for 15-20 minutes until it becomes a golden-amber color. Let it thicken. Tilt the caramel in the saucepan to see if it's thick and caramelized.
  • Remove the pan from heat when it's finished thickening. Add the heavy cream very slowly. Let it stream into the saucepan and whisk vigorously. It will bubble and could splash on you. Be sure to stand back as you add it, and wear an oven mitt to protect yourself from potential splashes. Whisk until fully combined.
  • Add salt and vanilla extract. Let it cool to room temperature. Store it in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
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Hazelnut Sauce Recipe for Desserts

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Thick and decadent hazelnut sauce recipe for your favorite desserts.

You could also use this hazelnut sauce in fillings for cakes, pastries, or even in your morning latte.

Learn how to first make your hazelnut praline paste recipe, and then turn it into a hazelnut sauce.

Hazelnut Sauce Recipe for Desserts

Hazelnut Sauce Recipe

How to make hazelnut sauce for ice cream, topping or filling cakes and pastries, or in your coffee.
Course: Dessert
Keyword: topping
Yield: 0.7 cups

Materials

Roasted Hazelnut Praline Paste

  • 35 g water
  • 100 g sugar granulated
  • 100 g roasted hazelnuts peeled
  • salt pinch

Hazelnut Sauce

  • 200 g hazelnut praline paste
  • 80 g heavy cream

Instructions

Praline Paste

  • Roasted ~100 g of hazelnuts at 360 °F for 15 minutes. Let the nuts cool to room temperature. Remove the skins by rubbing the cooled down nuts in your hands until most of the skins have come off. Remove as much of the skins as possible off of the hazelnuts.
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  • In a medium saucepan, combine water and sugar over low – medium heat. Stir until sugar dissolves and begins boiling. Stop stirring the saucepan and let it boil on its own. Turn down the heat and let it boil on low (1-2).
  • The sugar will go through transformations as it becomes caramel. The sugar will begin to form crystals and be completely dry in the saucepan.
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  • The sugar crystals will begin to melt and become a golden brown color. When it's turning a bit darker of a color, it's time to take it off the heat. You don't want to burn the caramel sauce.
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  • Get a baking pan ready with a silicone baking mat lining it. Once your caramel sauce is finished, remove it from heat. Mix the sauce to make the crystals melt all the way through if there's any left in the pot. Pour the hazelnuts and salt into your caramel sauce and mix until they are fully covered.
  • Pour the hazelnut and caramel sauce onto the silicone baking mat. Let it cool to room temperature, it will solidify.
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  • Break the caramel into smaller pieces. Place them into a food processor. It will be LOUD. Prepare yourself! It's best to do this step with ear protection. Blend on low, then on high. Scrape the sides down and blend until it becomes a paste (a couple of minutes).
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Hazelnut Sauce

  • Place your hazelnut paste (it should be about 200 g) into a heat proof bowl.
  • Heat the heavy cream over medium heat until it just before it comes to a boil.
  • Remove the cream from heat and pour into the hazelnut paste. Mix until full combined. Let it cool to room temperature, then place it in the fridge for an hour until it thickens.
  • Store it in the fridge for 1 week or freeze and keep it for 1 month.
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What is praline paste made of

Praline paste is made of caramel (sugar and water) and roasted hazelnuts, then it’s blended into a paste.

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What does praline mean

Praline means to cover hazelnuts in caramel sauce.

Can you freeze praline paste

Yes, you can freeze praline paste and thaw it in a couple of hours at room temperature.

What to do with leftover praline paste

You can make a praline base for a cake by easily adding 60g praline paste, 35g melted dark chocolate, and 35g of rice krispies. Place the base in a springform pan using the back of a spoon to push it into place. Put it in the freezer for 1 hour to let it solidify.

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Salted Caramel Cream Filling for Cream Puffs and Eclairs

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Salted caramel cream filling can be used for countless recipes including:

  • Filling for cream puffs
  • Filling Ecalirs
  • Filling for cakes
  • Whipped topping
  • Filling tarts
  • Crème brulée base
Salted Caramel Cream Filling

Salted Caramel Cream Filling

How to make salted caramel cream filling for cakes, cream puffs, etc.
Prep Time10 mins
Active Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Yield: 3 cups

Materials

  • 3/4 cup sugar granulated
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp vanilla bean paste
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter room temperature

Instructions

  • Place sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir with a spatula until it turns into a golden amber color.
  • Slowly stream the heavy cream into the saucepan and whisk vigorously. The caramel with bubble and potentially splash you. Be careful to stand back as you add the cream and stir until fully combined.
  • Add milk, salt and vanilla bean paste to the saucepan. Let it heat until just before it starts boiling (1-2 bubbles).
  • While you're waiting for your cream to heat up, in a separate large bowl, place egg yolks, egg and cornstarch. Whisk them together.
  • Temper the eggs by adding the hot cream VERY SLOWLY and whisking vigorously. Do not cook the eggs. Try adding just a small amount ~1 tbsp cream mixture at a time until you feel comfortable adding more. This way, you won't cook your eggs.
  • Place the egg/cream mixture back into the saucepan by straining it through a sieve into the saucepan. This will take out any pieces of egg that may have cooked, leaving you with a smooth mixture. Heat the mixture on medium heat.
  • Whisk the custard while it's heating. You'll know when it's thickened. It will be very difficult to stir the pot, you'll see how thick your custard is when you're stirring it. Once you're happy with the thickness, remove the saucepan from the heat. Add butter and mix until the butter is fully melted and combined into the custard.
  • Chill the custard by putting it in a fresh bowl and adding plastic wrap directly to the custard to prevent it from making a skin. Chill for 2-3 hours until cold. Then it's ready to use!

Decorating Icing Recipe for Piping

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decorating icing recipe for piping

Step by step guide how to make decorating icing for piping on cookies. Royal icing is easy to make in only a few minutes. It’s a very sturdy icing, but allow your piped cookies to dry overnight, and then they will stack together nicely without smudging.

Try making a few different colored icings with the same batch. Separate each color into 2 bowls. Then, you can thin out one of the bowls of icing with a bit of water, and use that for flooding your cookies.

After you’ve flooded your cookies, let them dry for a couple of hours. Then, add your thicker icing on top for writing, and designs.

Decorating Icing Recipe for Piping

How to make icing for piping and decorating cookies
Prep Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: icing
Yield: 3 cups

Materials

  • 6 tbsp egg whites
  • 4 cups icing sugar
  • food coloring optional

Instructions

  • Place the whisk attachment on a stand mixer and beat the egg whites on medium speed until creamy and bubbly.
  • Add the icing sugar slowly, until fully combined. Beat until they are glossy and the icing is thick ~3-5 min.
  • Separate the icing into bowls, and add food coloring as needed.
  • To thin out your icing for flooding cookies, add a tiny bit of water to your icing.
  • Use icing immediately or place the icing in the fridge in an airtight container.