MILK & BUTTER
We use growth hormone free whole milk from free grazing Guernsey and Jersey cows which contains significantly higher beneficial fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins than their conventionally fed counterparts.
Butter from these cows is seductively creamy, with a long lingering finish. Used in the baking of all
Crumbzz Cakes and Minizz
Snack Cakes, it provides a tempting, buttery aroma and mouthwatering flavor. In addition, it enhances the color and texture of our crumbs and promotes a warm deep browning.
Most bakers will tell you that soft winter wheat makes the best flour for baking. In addition, extra sifting of the flour assures that the cake is light, yet firm. Crumbzz uses
European low gluten flour in all our crumb cakes. Although most people won't ask what flour went into our
crumb cakes, we feel the difference is one of the many things that sets a Crumbzz Creation apart.
The 2007 Mother Earth News egg testing project found that, compared to official USDA commercial eggs, eggs from hens raised on pasture can contain up to:
- 1/3 less cholesterol
- 1/4 less saturated fat
- 2/3 more vitamin A
- 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
- 3 times more vitamin E
- 7 times more beta carotene
Crumbzz procures from our local farmers market, pastured eggs, when available, and free range eggs, at all other times. We find that pastured, free-range eggs add depth and richness to our products. In addition, the humane treatment, using a sustainable model, compliments our mission.
COFFEES & TEAS
Although we do not make the coffees and teas we recommend, like a fine wine, we are intent on pairings that compliment each of our individual creations.
Working closely with industry specialists Kyle Stewart and Phil Krampoetz of The Cultured Cup in Dallas, TX results in outstanding combinations.
As sommeliers of fine coffee's and teas, Kyle and Phil use their trained palate's to individually pair each recommended coffee and tea to compliment the paired CRUMBZZ offering.
Recognized as one of the premier vanillas of the world, Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla has a creamy, rich flavor that is perfectly suited for our cakes and
Snack Cakes. The organic beans we use, add a creamy, sweet, full flavor with velvety after tones to all of our Crumbzz Creations.
The natural, unrefined sugars from the African island nation of Mauritius are particularly special because they retain much of the flavor of the cane grown on soil rich with volcanic ash. Long enjoyed in Europe, the sugars have only recently become available in the United States.
Dark Muscovado Sugar has a fine, moist texture, high molasses content, and a strong lingering flavor that blends well and adds to the depth and richness of our crumbs.
White Caster or superfine sugar allows us to produce a slightly finer crumb and a lighter, more delicate
In every other part of the world, "cinnamon" means Ceylon cinnamon; Because of its lower cost, the United States, uses a bolder, spicier species of cinnamon known as Cassia
We find the subtle complexity of flavor and texture of Ceylon Cinnamon from Vietnam, to be the perfect match for our crumbs. It builds gradually into a complex symphony of rich floral flavors and aromas that compliment rather than overwhelm. Although expensive and often hard to find, Ceylon Cinnamon from Vietnam is a vital part of our basic ingredient set.
Since every nuance of color, fat content, and flavor can have an impact on our final product, we require our chocolates to contain a minimum of 60 percent cacao. With strong notes of cinnamon and vanilla as well as the dark sugars and other ingredients that go into a Crumbzz Cake, finding a chocolate that is strong enough to be heard, yet subtle enough not to overpower the careful balance of flavors, is a challenge. Working closely with Barry Callebaut at their Chicago Chocolate Academy", we were able to identify one very special Origine
chocolate from Tanzania that adds a unique richness and depth that
cannot be found with any other chocolate. Chocolate, like a fine wine,
carries with it the subtleties and nuances of its origin. This goes
beyond regions or countries. Even specific plantations have their own
tastes and feel and as with wine, vary from season to season. The
Tanzanian chocolate found on our Chocolat de la Terre Crumbzz Cake and Minizz Snack Cakes is a truly
unique experience for the chocolate lover.
FRUIT FILLINGS & TOPPINGS
Whenever possible, we use Hungarian Lekvars in our Fruit of the Seasons Crumbzz Cakes and
Snack Cakes. These thick pure fruit jam's originate in Central and Eastern Europe. The pieces of fruit that are found in most Lekvar's, burst with flavor. Made from fresh cherry, sour cherry, apricot, peach, strawberry, plum, prune and raspberry, we vary our flavors to match the season. For our apricot filled offerings, we favor B&R Farms Sun-Dried Apricots- This company's California Blenheim apricots trounced all others in our taste tests. Their rich blood orange color only hinted at the robust full-bodied flavor to follow. B&R's Dried Apricot Toppings hold their rich flavor throughout the entire baking process and are always a favorite when their seasonal availability is offered.