Chicago-based pastry chef and restauranteur Malika Ameen grew up in a home where the focus was on food made from scratch. Chef Ameen especially enjoys preparing dessert, and says there are five ingredients she always has on hand to give her desserts that extra something special. Ameen was gracious enough to share with Care2 the reasons she always stocks these ingredients.
Chef Malika Ameen’s Top 5 Must-Have Ingredients for Dessert Lovers
1. Candied Citrus
“I love to add this to recipes,” says Ameen. “It brings brightness, freshness and texture, especially to cakes and cookies. Try some mixed in to your basic sugar cookie dough to transform it into something truly special and unique.”
- Candied or Crystallized Citrus Fruit and Ginger
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