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    12 Simple Substitutes For Coconut Milk

    If you are out of coconut milk but need it for a recipe have no fear. In this article you will find the best substitutes for coconut milk that can be used no matter what you are making. You will find both lactose free and dairy alternatives for coconut milk. Coconut milk can be used […] More

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    Coconut Butter Substitutes (How To Use Them)

    In this article we will go over the best substitutes for coconut butter. No matter what you need coconut butter for, one of these alternatives will work perfectly. Coconut butter is one of those ingredients that require a substitute that offers not only great flavor but the right texture. Unfortunately a lot of advise I’ve […] More

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    Best Ganache Substitutes

    In this article we will go over the top substitutes for ganache. No matter what recipe you are making one of these ganache replacements will work perfectly for you. It’s no secret that I absolutely adore chocolate ganache. It’s rich, creamy, and goes perfectly with so many amazing desserts. From topping cakes, cupcakes, and donuts, […] More

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    How Many Cups In A Bag Of Chocolate Chips

    Here is a quick and handy guide for knowing how many cups are in all the common sized bags of chocolate chips. With this guide you can quickly tell how many chocolate chips (or chunks or any other variety) you need for your recipe. We have it laid out in sections as well as a […] More

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    Ganache Vs Mousse

    In this article you will find out the differences and similarities between ganache and mousse. These two delicious sweets both offer great flavor and dessert uses. Read on for the complete rundown on mousse and ganache. What Is Ganache Traditional ganache is a combination of chocolate and heavy cream. Though many other flavors can be […] More

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    Best Substitutes For Thyme (Fresh or Dry)

    Are you out of thyme? Have no fear, we will give you the best thyme substitutes for both fresh and dry thyme. No matter if your recipe calls for dry thyme or fresh thyme, there are a handful of great alternatives you can use that will work perfectly in any recipe. Due to the large […] More

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    Dairy Free Substitutes For Heavy Cream

    Non dairy alternatives for heavy cream are becoming more popular as more people remove dairy from their diets. That could be because you are going vegan, you (or someone in your family) is lactose intolerant, or any number of reasons. I’m not lactose intolerant but I’ve found there are times when going dairy free just […] More

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    Best Substitute For Orange Juice

    Are you all out of orange juice but need it for a recipe? Have no fear! There are a number of kitchen staples you can use as an orange juice substitute in any recipe. My family knows I won’t make a special trip to the grocery store for a single ingredient and that means I […] More

  • If you have been looking for a top of the line home ice cream maker then you have certainly heard of the Breville Smart Scoop. It is a widely popular machine and has found a place in many homes thanks to it's smart design and performance. But is it worth the money? We put the Breville Smart Scoop Ice Cream Maker through a thorough test and in this review we will let you know how it performed and if it is worth the price. Ok, so if you have ever visited Treat Dreams before then you know I am a huge fan of making homemade ice cream. I make everything from no churn quick ice cream recipes to hand churned, to ice cream maker batches. I grew up with family who owned a bake and ice cream shop as well as running my own catering business. So it's safe to say that I take my ice cream seriously! It's with an eye (and taste) for detail that I have tested the Breville Smart Scoop ice cream maker. I understand the importance of a well designed machine that not only produces great ice cream consistently, but also can stand up to years of use without breaking down. Disclosure: I have owned the Breville Smart Scoop for a while now but decided it was time for a proper test and review. So this review covers my experience over the months I have owned it. It is not the only machine I use, but it has been in service for my family for a while now. With that out of the way, let's get on to the important stuff! Breville Smart Scoop Specifications and Features 1.5 quart capacity Measurements: 11.1" x 16" x 10.1" BPA Free Stainless steel housing construction Automatic hardness settings include ice cream, gelato, sorbet, and frozen yogurt Precooling feature Alert for when to pour the add ins Keep ice cream (or other frozen treat) chilled for up to three hours in the machine Manual or automatic functions 1 year limited warranty Who Is The Breville Smart Scoop For? The Smart Scoop is for anyone looking to make creamy homemade ice cream, gelato, frozen yogurt, or sorbet at home. It's geared for those looking for a seamless process that can handle any recipe with ease. It is ideal for making ice cream for the family up to medium sized gatherings. What We Love About The Smart Scoop The Smart Scoop is a feature packed machine that produces ice cream like no other. It has had quite the cult following since it's debut. Due to its tremendous popularity, there are several well known competitors in the ice cream making space that use some of the same principles found in the Breville Smart Scoop. But the original is a true masterpiece in homemade ice cream making machines. It is incredibly easy to operate and the consistency with which it produces frozen treats is a true marvel. What Could Be Improved Honestly this machines works flawlessly for me. All the features perform as they should as good or better than any competitors in the market. I love the texture of my gelato and ice cream from this machine. With that said, the only real down side is that the capacity is limited to 1.5 qt. While it is plenty for the vast majority of people, if you are looking for a large batch machine you will have to look elsewhere. How It performed In Our Tests The Breville Smart Scoop ice cream maker has been put through an extensive series of tests and quality assurance to ensure that it meets our personal ice cream making standards. The Smart Scoop passed every one of our tests with flawless consistency. In fact we found the results to be superior to any hand churned batch of ice cream we have made in the past. We tested the machine with a variety of recipes including cakes, cookies, and other add ins as well as different types of ice cream. It actually made the best vanilla fudge swirl ice cream I've ever had! There were zero issues encountered during our testing of the Smart Scoop. Bottom Line The Breville Smart Scoop Ice Cream Maker is a fantastic machine that produces top quality homemade ice cream, gelato, sorbet, and frozen yogurt. It is designed to be easy to use and even easier to clean. This is a big plus for the working parent as it's clean up time can be accomplished in minutes. The Smart Scoop also features a pre cooling feature that prolongs the freezing time. The result is creamy, restaurant quality ice cream at home. If you are up to investing in a top quality ice cream maker you can't go wrong with the Smart Scoop.
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    Breville Smart Scoop Ice Cream Maker Review

    If you have been looking for a top of the line home ice cream maker then you have certainly heard of the Breville Smart Scoop. It is a widely popular machine and has found a place in many homes thanks to it’s smart design and performance. But is it worth the money? We put the […] More

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    How To Freeze Cherry Pie (Simple Method)

    In my kitchen a lot of pies are baked and that inevitably leads to leftovers. Whether I am baking for the family or for a special occasion or holiday know how to freeze a cherry pie has saved me multiple times. Being able to bake your cherry pie ahead of time leads to saved time […] More

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