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What flavour combinations do you like to use in baking sweet items?

I'm after a little inspiration!

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  1. I love cardamom and almond.
    Also a touch of nutmeg and mace.

    1. Blue Agave! I assume that it is a byproduct from tequila distillation.

      1. with chocolate i always add a little espresso powder and often bourbon.

        rum with bananas.

        with berries or stone fruits i like some almond, so will often sub out some almond flour for the white and always sub out some brown sugar for the white.

        1. Peach is nice with just a little lemon and orange.
          Burnt sugar and caramel with almost anything.

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          1. re: blue room

            Chocolate and cinnamon - even a hint (1/8 tsp) in chocolate chip cookies. Also, chocolate and chili, especially in brownies - I usually soak a dried morita or ancho, remove stem, seeds and veins, and blend with the eggs.

          2. apricot and ginger
            peach and raspberry
            butterscotch and nectarine
            grilled nectarines and earl grey tea (sorbet)
            dark chocolate and salted caramel
            black pepper, pear and blue cheese
            blueberry and cardamom
            blueberry w/ lemon

            I am on a fruit with flavors kick with all the summer produce; in tarts, ice cream, sorbets or bar cookies, frozen lemon/blueberry pie... YUM!

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            1. re: gingershelley

              In the same vein...
              Strawberries and black pepper (I like cream cheese or mascarpone with it too).

            2. Chocolate and Cinnamon
              Lemon and Blueberry
              Pineapple and Coconut
              Mango and Mango Rum

              1. It just needs a trip to the candy isle at the grocery store. What are the most popular candy bars?
                Milk chocolate and almonds (Hershey bar)
                Chocolate and coconut (Mounds and Almond Joy bars)
                Chocolate and peanut butter (Reese's cups)
                Chocolate and cherries
                Chocolate and raspberries
                Chocolate and hazelnuts (Ferrero Roche I think)
                Chocolate and marshmallow
                Chocolate and caramel
                Peanut butter and marshmallow
                Cream (vanilla) and cherries
                Cream and Peaches
                Cream and strawberries
                nougat and anything What's a nougat taste like?... I can't describe it.

                Visit the local bakery for inspiration or look at some cookbooks

                Strawberry and Rhubarb
                Chocolate and banana and nuts
                Brandy and vanilla

                Lots more available