Triple sec, what is it?
Posted: 09 February 2010 05:07 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Some recipes call for it, but I’m not quite sure about what it is….can it be like Cointreau?

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Posted: 09 February 2010 05:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Yes, cointreau is a type of triple sec.  Basically, anything orange flavored would work, like grand marnier, but grand marnier is probably a little stronger.

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Posted: 09 February 2010 06:03 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Yes, it’s an orange liqueur, like Cointreau or Grand Marnier. Just use your favorite orange liqueur. I’d stay away from the really cheap brands and things like orange-flavored vodka, they mostly use artificial flavors.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triple_sec
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cointreau
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Marnier

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Posted: 09 February 2010 06:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Just make sure you reduce the quantity if you’re substituting triple sec with cointreau or grand marnier. I made True Orange Genoise last weekend and use grand marnier instead of triple sec. I did reduce the quantity but my cake taste a bit boozey smile. No complaints though, I love grand marnier!

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Posted: 09 February 2010 08:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Grand Marnier has a cognac base with the orange, while triple sec (Cointreau is a brand of triple sec) is just a straight orange flavor, with no cognac.  Both are lovely in cakes and buttercreams.

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Posted: 09 February 2010 08:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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That’s good to know Julie. I will try Cointreau next time (yes, there will be next time with the Orange Genoise, it’s that good smile).

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Posted: 10 February 2010 12:15 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Julie - 10 February 2010 12:04 AM

Grand Marnier has a cognac base with the orange, while triple sec (Cointreau is a brand of triple sec) is just a straight orange flavor, with no cognac.  Both are lovely in cakes and buttercreams.

That was a great explanation, Julie.
I was about to buy a bottle of Grand Marnier, but as I don’t like cognac too much I will change for Cointreau.
Thanks!

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Posted: 10 February 2010 05:38 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Thank you Julie, already have Grand Marnier, so I’ll give Cointrau a try!!!! smile

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Posted: 10 February 2010 08:10 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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I love, love, love Grand Marnier with dark chocolate, the two together taste better than either alone.

Cointreau just tastes fresh and clean, of sweet/tart oranges.  I brushed that over ladyfingers a few days ago, and it is perfect for the delicate taste of a plain sponge cake.

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