26 Nov How to Bake the Perfect Treat to Complement any Jolly Llama Pop
‘Tis the season for shopping, caroling, spending time with loved ones, sleigh rides, and of course–baking!
The sweet aroma that permeates the house from yummy baked goods during the holidays is like no other. It not only makes the whole house smell divine, but it is also a great way to spend quality time with your family, and keep warm on a cold, winter day.
You might think this article doesn’t apply to you because you’re not a baker. That’s okay– because we have a few tips to help you improve those baking skills. Before you know it, you’ll be the next Betty Crocker:
Tips for beginner bakers:
- Read the recipe all the way through before starting it.
Just like you wouldn’t start building a home without some architectural plans first, you don’t want to start a recipe without knowing everything it entails. Ingredients, time, and procedures will help you know if you can tackle the recipe or not.
- Know your oven
Every oven is different. Some are really efficient, and some are really old and require more time to bake. Understanding how your oven works will help you when it comes to baking. It’s also important to know your altitude elevation as that will affect the time your product will bake in the oven.
- Baking Powder and baking Soda are not the same.
While both are leavening agents (they help food rise), baking soda (chemically known as sodium bicarbonate) has to be mixed with an acid to work. Baking powder, on the other hand, doesn’t need an acid to work because the acid is already mixed in. Baking powder already has a mixture of sodium bicarbonate and an acid (usually baking soda and cream of tartar).
- Ingredient temperatures matter
If the recipe states the temperature of a certain ingredient, it’s best to follow that as the temperature will affect how your baked good turns out. For example, when a recipe calls for butter, it will often specify if it needs to be melted, at “room temperature,” or cold.
- Put ingredients in the right order that they are called
Have you ever heard that “baking is a science”? That’s because it is! Each ingredient has a specific chemical reaction that helps your baked recipes come together. For instance, flour gives your confection a structure, eggs act like a glue holding batters together, oil and butter make it tender, and milk or water gives it moisture. In many cases, if you don’t put the ingredients in the right order, the batter will either clump, or be too liquidy.
A few fun facts about baking:
- Chocolate chips were invented after the chocolate chip cookie
- German chocolate cake has nothing to do with Germany
- Boston Cream Pie is actually a cake
Who knew, right? You can find additional fun baking facts by clicking here.
Recipes that complement our Sorbet Pops
Now that you’re a certified Betty Einstein (you know–Betty Crocker mixed with Albert Einstein…), you’re ready to bake! We’ve shared seven of our favorite baked treats that pair well with our famous Jolly Llama Sorbet Pops. (Because come on–you can never fully enjoy a treat without our delicious cream pops paired with it).
Brownies are an all time classic dessert. They pair well with any of our coconut cream pops–so try the Dark Chocolate, Sea Salt Caramel, or Mint Chocolate Chip Flavors. Nothing is as satisfying as chocolate with coconut cream. If you’re looking for a healthier version of brownies, try these Chocolate Chunk Brownies from Amy’s Healthy Baking.
Our Mint Chocolate Chip Cream Pops would taste out of this world sandwiched in between two vanilla wafer cookies! Try this Better Than Storebought Vanilla Wafer Cookies recipe by clicking here.
- Shortbread Cookies
Thanksgiving just wrapped up, and chances are, you probably have a lot of leftover pie. Pumpkin pies and any fruit pies would pair well with our Sea Salt Caramel Cream Pops. If you have some type of a cream pie leftover, it will complement well with one of our fruit flavors (depending on the flavor): Strawberry, Raspberry, Mango, or Blackberry. Try this easy Apple Pie recipe with our Sea Salt Caramel Cream Pop, and we promise you won’t regret it.
- Lemon Pound Cake
- Angel Food Cake
Angel food cake is a healthier alternative to other cakes. It’s light, fluffy, and will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth. Try this Angel Food Cake recipe and serve it with our Strawberry Sorbet Pops and you’ll be on cloud nine.
- Crumb Bars
Anyone else out there a huge fan of crumb bars? The combination of oats and fruit, served warm straight from the oven are to die for. Try these healthy (not to mention vegan-friendly, dairy free, and gluten-free) Strawberry Crumb Bars with Jolly Llama’s Sea Salt Caramel Cream Pop, and you’ll slip away into your own paradise.
We hope you enjoy making these tasty treats, while making lasting memories with your loved ones in the kitchen! Don’t forget to pick up your favorite boxes of Jolly Llama Pops at your carrying grocer. Click here to find a location near you.