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Garam nasala as a sub for caramel color in pumpernickel?

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Garam nasala as a sub for caramel color in pumpernickel?

Thanks4Food | Sep 11, 2011 02:31 PM

Having become an instant fan of "Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day" I went to Whole Foods and Williams Sonoma today in search of caramel color which they call for in making pumpernickel bread. Struck out at both places, but the young lady who helped me at Whole Foods just wouldn't say die. I kept saying, "Oh that's all right, I'll just have to order some online," but she just wouldn't give up. She grabbed a jar of garam masala seasoning and after sniffing it and having me sniff it (very nice), she insisted I take it home "on the house" and try it.

Now I'm going to be adding instant coffee and cocoa powder to my bread, and the garam masala is a lighter color than either of those, so I don't see how it's going to improve the color. Plus the people I'm making this bread for are real pumpernickel lovers, so I don't really want to experiment with odd flavors.

I know I can buy caramel color from King Arthur flour here: http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/i... but I was hoping to buy it right away--and possibly find a better deal. Any suggestions?

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