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Confectionery refers to sugar. So, confectionery products are baked products that are made primarily with sugar. Most bakeries produce and sell confectionery products. Cakes, pastries and cookies are considered to be baker’s confectionery products. However, these products can also include candy, gum, chocolates and candied nuts. There are different confectionery products. Some are made of chocolate, flour or made by a baker. Manufacturers make confectionery products and so those would not be considered to be baker’s products because it is not made by a baker.

Other confectionery products include petits fours, doughnuts, scones and cookies. With the baker’s confectionery products, the sweet treat is baked in an oven. Some of these products are not meant to be eaten. Sometimes sugar is hardened to create a statue or building out of the sugar.

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Many grocery stores and other shops sell confectionery products. These products are clearly made of sugar and this is their main ingredient. Most of these products are made by a manufacturing company like Hershey’s or Nestles. However, over time there are more and more companies making candies. Even though there are not many ingredients, usually two, the process to make this candy is quite tedious.

First, the sugar and water is heated together for a while. This creates a drippy syrup and it is cooked to a high temperature. Usually a candy thermometer is needed to make sure the temperature reaches a certain temperature. Then the candy can be molded into the different shapes. Certain candies include gums, jellies, and caramels.

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This may not be the simplest red velvet cake recipe but I can promise you it’s really good. The recipe comes from https://prettysimplesweet.com/red-velvet-cake/. The ingredients include: 2½ cups (340g) all-purpose flour ,¼ cup (35g) corn flour/cornstarch, 2 tablespoons (12g) unsweetened cocoa powder (any kind works), 1 teaspoon baking soda, ¾ teaspoon salt, ½ cup (1 stick/115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature, 2⅛ cups (425g) granulated sugar, 1 cup (240 ml) vegetable or canola oil, 3 large eggs, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 1¼ teaspoons distilled wine vinegar, 2-3 tablespoons red food coloring and 1 cup (240 ml) buttermilk.

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In order for miniature models to be made with cream, the cream needs to be of the right consistency. I like to use a vanilla buttercream frosting. Others might prefer to use a Swiss, Italian, or French buttercream that also uses eggs. But this buttercream is versatile, easy, light and fluffy. You can also add other flavors to the recipe.

To make the buttercream frosting, just soften 1 cup of unsalted butter and combine it with 3 to 4 cups of powdered sugar (not cane sugar), ¼ teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon of vanilla and up to 4 tablespoons of heavy cream, half and half or milk. You then just spread, shape or pipe the frosting onto your cakes or cupcakes and enjoy! You can make all kinds of different shapes by using different size and type piping tips

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Crepes are similar to pancakes and share the common ingredients of flour, eggs, milk, butter, and salt. The main difference is that crepes do not have any leaveners (baking powder and baking soda) so they are much thinner and flatter than pancakes. Crepes can easily be made at home. After mixing all the ingredients, melt some butter, preferably in a 12” skillet, and pour about 1/3 cup of the batter in the skillet.

Swirl the batter until it completely covers the bottom of the skillet. Cook for a couple of minutes until the bottom of the crepe turns golden brown. When this happens, loosen the edge and flip the crepe and cook about one more minute. Serve with sweet or savory toppings or fill with fruit.

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In the time of festival especially thanksgiving everyone loves the taste of sugar cookies. So here are some easy steps to make sugar cookies -

(A) In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt.
(B) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees
(C) Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.
(D) Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.

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There are basically two types of confectionery products – sugar and baked. Sugar confectionery items include mostly snack items such as candies, gums, lollipops, candy bars, chocolate, cotton candy and other sweet items. Baked confectionery items include mostly flour confections such as sweet pastries, cakes, cinnamon rolls, and similar baked goods.

There are many sweet dishes that are neither sugar nor flour based and therefore would not be considered confectionery products. For example, recipes made with nut butter, honey, fresh or frozen fruit, ice cream, mousse, or honey just to name a few.

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My favorite easy sweet dishes to make are called dump cakes because they only require three ingredients and they’re very tasty. To make a chocolate cherry dump cake all you need is a box of chocolate cake mix, two 21 ounce cans of cherry pie filling and ¾ of a cup of melted butter. You put the pie filling in the bottom of the pan, sprinkle with the cake mix and cover with melted butter. You can make many variations of this recipe.

For example, you can use peach pie filling with a vanilla or French vanilla cake mix. You can also use strawberry pie filling with a white cake mix. You can use whatever combination of flavors you think you would like.

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Yes, you can make a cake without an oven. Cakes can be made on the top of the stove or in a microwave oven. To make a cake in an oven is quite easy; you simply pour the cake batter into the baking pans and let the batter bake for the prescribed amount of time.

To make a cake in a microwave oven is very similar to making a cake in an oven. But, to make a cake on top of the stove is a lot more complicated, requires steamer baskets or double boilers and results in many dishes that have to be washed.

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This recipe for chocolate truffle cake comes from tasteofhome.com/recipes/chocolate-truffle-cake/. The ingredients for the cake include: 2 ½ cups of 2% milk, 1 cup butter (cubed), 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate (chopped), 3 eggs, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 2 2/3 cup flour, 2 cups sugar, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and ½ teaspoon salt.

The filling ingredients include: 6 tablespoons butter (cubed), 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate (chopped), 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, and 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream. The ganache topping ingredients include: 10 ounces semisweet chocolate (chopped) and 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream. See the link for the cooking instructions.

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