Use bakery emulsion for an added boost of flavor in all your favorite goodies.
We’ve been selling and using bakery emulsions at Orson Gygi for decades. Before this beautiful rainbow assortment of flavors was available, we sold bakery emulsions in gallon sized bottles to commercial bakeries in the Salt Lake area.
It is has been a secret ingredient of professionals since 1923, providing a boost of flavor to baked goods. But what is it? And how can it be used in your kitchen?
What is a Bakery Emulsion?
A bakery emulsion is flavoring wherein the flavor is suspended in water. Bakers prefer this to alcohol-based extracts, because the flavor is not compromised by the taste of the alcohol. Additionally, the flavor will not “bake-out” like with alcohol based flavorings, resulting in a final product that is more robust in flavor.
The true-to-taste nature of emulsions allows the baker to have a better sense of the finished food before baking. Knowing that the flavor will not be lost during the heating process allows the baker to taste the batter or dough and add flavoring accordingly.
This secret of bakery professionals has been used by bakeries for decades, but we are happy to provide a more accessible product for small businesses and home chefs.
How do I use a Bakery Emulsion?
Switching to emulsions is an easy process. The conversion ratio is 1:1, meaning that every teaspoon of extract your recipe calls for can be replaced by 1 teaspoon of emulsion.
You can use bakery emulsions in all your baked goods – cookies, cakes, cheesecakes, muffins, quick breads, cupcakes, etc. You can also use them in other confections – frostings, fondants, royal icing, macarons, glazes, ice creams, and puddings.
The only applications that will have issues with water-based emulsion flavorings are chocolate and hard-candy making. Stick with oil-based flavorings and super-concentrated flavors for chocolate and hard candy.
Putting Bakery Emulsion to the Test
We recently conducted a Vanilla Taste Test at Orson Gygi. Our goal was to establish the effectiveness of pure vanilla extract in baking applications. With the steep increase in price over the last year, we wanted to know if we needed to keep using an alcohol based extract or if the flavor was just baking out.
We tested four vanilla flavoring options (Pure Madagascar Vanilla, Traditional Mexican Vanilla, Imitation Vanilla, and Butter Vanilla Bakery Emulsion). The winning flavoring, with 52% of the votes, was the Butter Vanilla Bakery Emulsion. (Read more about our Taste Test here.)
Knowing the effectiveness of bakery emulsions in baked goods has inspired and motivated us to keep experimenting with the 20 different flavor options we offer. Here are a few recipes to motivate creativity in your own kitchen.
Almond – This emulsion pairs well with so many flavors. Add it to chocolate cake. Or in your favorite sugar cookie recipe.
Banana – Add a burst of flavor with banana emulsion. Swap out the vanilla is your favorite caramel recipe. Make banana flavored ice cream. Or simply add a teaspoon or two to your favorite banana bread recipe. The result will be delicious. Try this Banana Snack Cake from LorAnn oils.
Blueberry – This emulsion packs a flavorful punch of fresh blueberry flavor (and a hint of blue coloring, too). I love this in a blueberry muffin or quick bread recipe. Add a dash or lemon emulsion, too, for one fresh treat!
Butter Vanilla – This emulsion quickly rose to popularity when it won our Vanilla Taste Test! It’s a great compliment to any of your baking adventures, imparting a sweet, buttery flavor with hints of vanilla. Give the winning Sugar Cookie recipe a try, to see for yourself!
Buttery Sweet Dough – The combination of sweet butter with hints of citrus make this emulsion a great pairing for breakfast pastries. Think scones, donuts, and cinnamon rolls! But also french toast, pancakes, and waffles!
Cherry – The fresh cherry flavor of this emulsion is a great pair for anything chocolate. Add a teaspoon to your favorite truffle filling, for a decadent cherry truffle. Also great in cakes, cookies, and brownies, this cherry emulsion is bursting with flavor.
Coffee – If you’re looking for flavor of coffee without adding coffee grounds, using a coffee emulsion is a great alternative. Try these delicious cookies. Or add it to any chocolate dessert to enhance and compliment the cocoa.
Cream Cheese – Add cream cheese emulsion to your favorite buttercream for a tangy twist! Also delicious in glaze for cinnamon rolls and paired with red velvet cupcakes.
Hazelnut – This emulsion has a delicious, rich, nutty flavor. Use it in cookies, cakes and sweet breads.
Lemon – Lemon emulsion imparts a vibrant, bright citrus flavor to your treats and breakfast pastries. Lemon flavor fizzles out of most baked goods, but this will stay robust in your lemon poppyseed creations. It also freshens the classic sugar cookie or buttercream frosting. You can also replace lemon zest with emulsion. 1 tsp zest = 1/2 tsp emulsion
Orange – Made from real orange, this emulsion is bright and vibrant and fresh. Pairs well with chocolate chip cookies or scones. It also freshens any quick bread – think zucchini, raspberry, or banana bread!
Peppermint – To add a bold, bright, minty flavor, try LorAnn’s Peppermint Emulsion in any of your baked goods such as recipes for cakes, cupcakes, cookies, brownies and frostings. Peppermint pairs especially well with anything chocolate – even white chocolate.
Princess Cake and Cookie – This sweet blend of almond, vanilla, and citrus is the flavoring of the iconic Twinkie! Make some homemade Twinkies with all the deliciousness (but without the weird-lasts-for-20-years-without-rotting qualities of store-bought Twinkies). This flavoring is also great in pancakes, waffles, or french toast.
Raspberry – This emulsion tastes like fresh raspberries! Use with fresh raspberries in your cookies, cakes, frostings, and fillings for an added kick of flavor. These raspberry glazed brownies are a great place to start.
Red Velvet – This unique offering combines the iconic Red Velvet flavor with the necessary red food coloring, allowing you to make delicious red velvet cake or cookie from your favorite recipe or cake mix. If you’re looking for a favorite recipe, check out this Red Velvet Cupcake.
Strawberry – This gorgeous emulsion combines flavor and color for a gorgeous finish in your baked goods. Cakes, cookies, frostings, fillings are all robust and delicious with this emulsion. Try flavoring your macaron shells with this flavor/color combo!
Experiment with Bakery Emulsions in Your Kitchen
This emulsion is the ultimate inspiration to experiment with flavor combinations in all your favorite desserts. The flavors are vibrant and delicious, which make them so fun to play with.
(Product Images via @lorannargentina)
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