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?? Favorites?? ~butter, chocolate, vanilla

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Hello fellow bakers! What is your favorite butter? Vanilla extract? Chocolate? Starch?
Please All, lets share what we know with each other icon_smile.gif
HAPPY NEW YEAR
~Christine
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I just mostly use grade AA the cheapest. Hey this ain't Pierre Herme's kwim. I do use the extra fat butter for caramels & toffee sometimes.

 

I use the Sam's Club brand unless I'm using vanilla pods

 

For eating I love Giradelli milk chocolate chips otherwise just a huge variety. I have one cake that takes 4 different types of chocolate and I've tried to tweak it and it just doesn't come out the same. I had to cobble all this different chocolate together one day for a test cake 'cause I didn't really have enough of one kind--I was testing out some spice combinations and wow it turned out great. If it ain't broke...

 

Favorite starch? --Potato Chips!!!! and Pomme frites!!!!

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For chocolate I LOVE lindt chocolate bars they can be a bit spendy.. Recently I tried the knock off of lindt chocolate from Aldi it starts with a M? It was delicious!! Only 1.99 per bar com pair to 5.99 for the bars I use..

Butter- I love land o lakes brand.

Vanilla beans or Cub Foods vanilla icon_smile.gif.
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I only use french butter (President brand), belgian chocolate and madagascar bourbon pure vanilla extract or beans. For flour I use pillsbury. And I only use organic eggs. If I have to use oil for a recipe, I'll use grape-seed oil.  

 

These are the same ingredients that I would use for myself and my family. If I were buying a cake/dessert from elsewhere, I would expect the same quality ingredients in whatever I was purchasing- for taste, quality and health reasons.

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I like Trader Joe's brand of unsalted butter. It's less expensive than everything else I've found, and it tastes good. My favorite vanilla is Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon. For chocolate I use Nestle cocoa powder and Giradelli chocolate chips (sometimes I just use the regular Nestle chocolate chips although they aren't my favorite).

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