What Flavours Go Well Together in Baking???

Once you create a really great muffin or cake recipe, you can then start to add in flavours and switch it up a bit, depending on what is in season.  Citrus is big right now, but in a few months it will be rhubarb and strawberry season, and then comes apple and pumpkin, and on we go…  So what flavours go well together?  What are some interesting pairings of fruit, spices, and perhaps nuts that adds some jazz to our baking?  Below you will find a short list of flavour pairings, along with a handful of examples from myself and other bakers.  Although I am not a big fan of nuts, I have recently started incorporating almonds in my baking (like this orange almond cheesecake).  Many people like walnuts, hazelnuts and pecans in their baking but since I don’t use them – I did not list them.  This list contains just a few of my favourites:

Bananas and chocolate
Bananas and caramel
Apples and maple
Apples and cranberries/raisins
Apples and rhubarb
Apples and almonds
Almonds and honey
Almonds and peaches
Almonds and chocolate
Blueberries and Lemon/Orange
Carrot and cinnamon
Carrot and pineapple
Oranges and chocolate

There are so many ways to incorporate flavour pairings: even just trying banana, coconut and pineapple in a smoothie.  Baked by Rachel is known for switching up her flavours of ice cream, and J from I Sugar Coat It can turn almost any flavour combo into a drink!  A simple butter cookie can be jazzed up with added orange liqueur and ginger; sugar syrup can be infused with vanilla bean and raspberries.  The world is your oyster if you know what to do with it!

Here’s a few more:

Oranges and almonds
Coconut and chocolate
Lemon and coconut
Coconut and pineapple
Vanilla and coconut
Ginger and peaches
Ginger and pumpkin
Chocolate and cherries
Oranges and coffee
Oranges and cloves
Raspberry and lemon
Raspberry and chocolate
Raspberry and peaches
Raspberry and Vanilla

And finally, three interesting ones:

avocado and cocoa
prunes and chocolate
honey and cheese!

Be sure to check out these wonderful sites, and get a taste of their imagination when it comes to baking.  There are plenty of other flavour pairings out there…some even cross over into the savoury…like salted caramel, yum.  From this list can you tell I love chocolate, oranges and coconut?  What are your favourites, and how do you use them?

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