An Introduction to Classifications of Wine

An Introduction to Classifications of Wine

Wine can be sorted into three colors, white, red, and pink. In addition to being sorted by color, it can be sorted into three categories: table, dessert, and sparkling. Wine also further varies by alcohol content and carbonation. Lets start with the three categories of, table, dessert, and sparkling.

Table wine is fermented grape juice whose alcohol content falls within a certain range. Table wine is not bubbly, and may not have an alcohol content higher than 14% in the United States. Within the eyes of the law, unless a wine has more than 14 percent alcohol or has bubbles it is considered a table wine.

Dessert wine on the other hand have more than 14 percent alcohol due to the wine makers adding alcohol during or after the fermentation process. This type of wine making is unusual but, the Port region in Portugal, and the Sherry region of Spain have made quite a specialty out of it.

Generally, these types are wine are enjoyed after dinner, and are usually sweet. There are however a few dessert wines that are not sweet, and are best enjoyed before dinner. In Europe, dessert wines are also called liqueur wines, which carries the same nuance of sweetness.

Lastly is Sparkling wine. Those are the wines that contain carbon dioxide bubbles. Carbon dioxide gas is a natural byproduct of fermentation. Sparkling wine is the official name for the category of wines with bubbles in the United States, Canada, and Europe. There is a sparkling …

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How to Store Fruit Cake

How to Store Fruit Cake

You can store home made fruit cake for years although the type you buy is not usually stored for that long, because, after all it has a sell-by date, and has additives and preservatives in it. You can, however, prolong the life of a fruit cake from a store, by simply freezing it after wrapping it in tin foil very securely.

The best sorts of fruit cake to store are the ones you make yourself that are laced with liquor, brandy, dark rum, whiskey, wine and port make good choices. When you make a fruit cake it takes at least a month to mature, or mellow, so you shouldn’t freeze one until it has been allowed to mellow for a few months.

When you make a fruit cake, you should make it three or four months before you want to eat it as this gives it time to reach its full flavour potential. If you just want to keep it for a few months, store it in an airtight tin such as an old biscuit tin, and once a month, or every six weeks. Add more liquor to the cake, by piercing it in a few places and pouring the liquor over the top of the cake and leaving it. The liquid will slowly seep into the cake and the flavour will be superb when you are ready to eat it.

If it is a top tier or a lower tier of your wedding cake that you want to store, …

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Enjoying a Fruit Cake the Whole Year Round

Enjoying a Fruit Cake the Whole Year Round

Most people would think that a fruit cake is only available during the Christmas season. However, anyone can enjoy a slice of this unique cake any time of the year, so if you can’t wait for the holidays to experience the richness of a fruit cake then you’ll be glad that you can get it anytime you wish.

A fruit cake is normally made with dried fruits and nuts that are soaked in either brandy or rum for a couple of days before adding them to the cake mixture. As you can see, the process of making a fruit cake is longer and more tedious than making other cakes, and if you don’t have the patience then perhaps you should stick to the ready-made cakes that can be purchased in pastry and cake shops. For other people though, nothing beats the taste of a tasty, home-made fruit cake.

Enjoying a Fruit Cake the Whole Year Round

The fruitcake actually originated in ancient Rome, with pomegranate seeds, raisins, and pine nuts mixed in with barley mash. With the introduction of dried fruits and nuts in Europe, fruit cake baking took on a different aspect that has been improved upon during the course of history. Nowadays, candied fruits can be used as an alternative for dried fruits and are less expensive too. The popularity of the fruit cake has indeed soared over the centuries.

Generally, a fruit cake may come in 3 variations. The conventional cake that we often partake of is perhaps the most popular. A dark fruitcake has …

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An Overview of Fruit Cake

An Overview of Fruit Cake

Whether you love it or hate it, fruit cake is a tradition everywhere. There are several different versions of the confection, but they are all still similar.

Fruit cake can be traced back as early as ancient Rome where it was made with barley, pine nuts, pomegranate seeds, and raisins. Through the Middle Ages is when the name fruit cake was coined and this is when the use of fruits that had been preserved started. This was the time when these pastries spread rapidly and many different variations of the recipe started coming about.

An Overview of Fruit Cake

This treat is now made in multiple countries from the Bahamas where they soak absolutely everything in rum to Canada where it is almost only a Christmas time treat. In Germany, it is also a Christmas time confection. Italy calls their Panforte and it has a rather strong flavor to it. In Romania, they serve this pastry at every important holiday.

The United States is where the mass production of fruit cake began. While many of the traditional recipes call for brandy or liqueur to be added to the confection at some point and for it to be coated with powdered sugar, most of the loaves that are mass produced do not contain the alcohol in them. All these were things originally added to help prevent molding, but there are many other ways that we are able to do that now.

The truth of the matter is that most in the U.S. seem to look down …

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An Old Fashion Icebox Banana Cake With Chocolate Cream Icing Recipe

An Old Fashion Icebox Banana Cake With Chocolate Cream Icing Recipe

Sometimes, some of the best things are the old fashion things. For instance, when you want to make a dessert recipe that will have everyone asking for seconds, you might like to try making and serving an old fashion icebox banana cake with chocolate cream icing recipe.

An Old Fashion Icebox Banana Cake With Chocolate Cream Icing Recipe

This cake tastes great from the refrigerator or it freezes beautifully for a chilled treat.

Recipe for Old Fashion Icebox Banana Cake

What You Need :

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2/3 cup softened butter or margarine
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 medium ripe mashed bananas
  • A cup sour cream
  • A cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

How to Make It

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Prepare two, 9-inch round baking pans by greasing and flouring and then set aside until needed.

Using a large mixing bowl combine the sugar, butter or margarine and vanilla and beat on low speed for about 1 to 2 minutes or until fluffy and light.

Continue beating, while adding one egg at a time for about 1 or 2 more minutes or until creamy in texture. Stir in the bananas, sour cream, and then fold in the flour and baking soda.

Pour into prepared baking pans and place in the oven to bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until done. Check by inserting a wooden toothpick into the center of cake until it comes out clean. Allow for cooling about 5 minutes and then remove from pan and set aside to cool completely.

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