This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Pompeian Grapeseed Oil Spray.
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- I always use a cooking spray to coat my pans when baking a cake. Some bakers say it ruins your pans, but the exact opposite is true. Cooking sprays season your pans, and if you use one like Pompeian Grapeseed Oil Spray, which has a high smoking point, your cakes will never burn from overheated oil.
- Don’t over-work your flour! Gluten is the protein in flour so when you mix dough and batter for too long, the protein chain just gets stronger and stronger and you end up with cookies and pastries that are too chewy and not tender. Think bagels. Do you want a muffin with the chewiness of a bagel? Of course not.
- When a recipe says to scrape down the sides of the bowl when mixing a dough or batter, DO IT! If not, you’ll end up with a big bit of baking soda or salt in your finished product because your product wasn’t mixed well. Yum!
- Almost always under-bake your products by a few minutes. Everything keeps baking for a bit outside of the oven, so if you pull out your baked goods when they are done, they will over-bake.
- Pastry flour, cake flour, all-purpose flour, and bread flour are all different things. Learn what they are and when to use each, and your baking will improve immensely.
To celebrate the launch of the new Pompeian Grapeseed Oil Spray and the start of the holiday baking season, Pompeian is partnering with celebrity pastry chef and executive chef of Charm City Cakes, Duff Goldman, to show Americans how to enhance their holiday baking recipes with the new Grapeseed Oil Spray AND they are having a fun Challenge with a heartfelt prize! Everyone wants to do good deeds, especially around the holidays, right?
How would YOU like to win $5,000.00 for your local food pantry?
From November 4 – December 6, consumers can enter this Challenge by following @Pompeian on Instagram, then uploading a photo to Instagram showing how they are giving their baked goods a tune up with Grapeseed Oil Spray, using the #Bake4Better hashtag and tagging @Pompeian.
The most innovative photo taker, who will be crowned by celebrity pastry chef Duff Goldman, will receive a $5,000 donation in the name to their local food bank and a Pompeian gift basket to continue baking better all year long.
I tinkered around with Pompeian’s Grapeseed Oil Spray to see how it could enhance my own holiday baking, and I enjoyed it. It imparted no unusual flavor, and my staple recipes were a success. I made my favorite Cranberry Walnut Pie, which always graces our Thanksgiving & Christmas dessert tables, as well as a few of my kids’ favorite mini jar pies and my husband’s favorite Apple Bread Pudding with a Whiskey Sauce (above). I really like the fact the the grapeseed spray is an all-natural spray and it has a really high smoke point which makes it so versatile when baking and cooking.
The Pompeian line is made from 100% grapeseed oil which is imported from France, and Pompeian Grapeseed Oil Spray can be used whether you are stir-frying, grilling, sautéing or baking.
- 1 egg
- ½ cup sugar
- ⅔ cup milk
- 1 TBS vanilla
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- 2 cups of cubed bread like French, Italian or Sourdough
- ½ cup diced apples (I like Honeycrisp)
- 2 TBS raisins
- 2 TBS butter
- 1½ TBS whiskey
- ½ TBS vanilla
- ½ cup confectioners sugar
- Combine the egg, sugar, milk, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg in a bowl and mix well.
- Add in your bread, apples and raisins, and toss until every piece of bread is coated with the mixture.
- Let it sit for about 10 minutes, tossing occasionally.
- Grease or spray your mason jars and fill to the top, pressing down a bit.
- Bake on a baking sheet at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until the tops are browned a bit and crispy.
- In a saucepan, melt your butter; add in the whiskey and bring to a boil for just a minute.
- Remove from heat and add in the vanilla and confectioners sugar, whisk until smooth.
- Spoon some sauce over each mason jar-full and serve warm...so good!!
- I sometimes double the sauce ingredients since I enjoy a lot of it (must be the whiskey!). Plus I like to pass extra sauce around when we have guests.
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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pompeian Grapeseed Oil Spray. The thoughts and opinions within this post are my own.