A few weeks ago, Beth Luberecki, a freelance reporter for the Washington Post Express, interviewed me about salt. Why would a reporter be interviewing a baker about salt, you ask? Because without salt, baking doesn’t work – baked goods tastes flat and plain. A pinch of salt brings out the flavors in your food – it’s what makes your favorite pound cake taste buttery and rich, not blandly sweet.
The piece came out yesterday – and yes, there I am, sounding just like the salt-addict that I am. It also has good sources for high-end artisanal salts, and tips on the best way to salt your savory food.
If you want a good holiday cookie recipe that uses salt, try these salty and sweet chocolate thumbprint cookies. The salt balances the rich chocolate flavor of the cookies – it’s an irresistible combination. I brought them to a holiday party last year and they disappeared in minutes.