nanaimo bar – A Canadian pastry that consists of three layers. The bottom layer is a graham cracker cookie crust with chocolate, coconut, butter, sugar, and walnuts. The middle layer is vanilla, mint, or chocolate flavored custard or buttercream. The dessert is topped with a third layer of dark chocolate.
Napoleon – A French pastry made with layers of puff pastry and cream, jam, or other filling. The pastry is topped with confectioners’ sugar or white fondant with a dark chocolate spider web design.
Nesselrode pudding – A sweet pudding made with custard, chestnut puree, candied fruit, currants, golden raisins, and whipped cream.
non-stick baking mat - Non-stick baking mats, normally made of silicon, are truly remarkable. The most widely known name brand is Silpat. No longer do you need to grease a cookie sheet, instead line the pan with a non-stick baking mat and your cookies will just slide off the mat and not stick. These mats are easy to clean in warm soapy water, and will last for years. Shop for non-stick baking mats.
nonpareils – Also called jimmies and sprinkles. Nonpareils are tiny pieces of sugar candy, normally round or elongated, coated in a chocolate or a colored sugar topping. They are commonly used to decorate the tops of cakes, cookies, and pastries. Shop for sprinkles and nonpareils.
nougat – A confection made from a cooked sugar mixture, with honey, beaten egg whites, nuts, and candied fruits. See recipe for Nougat.
nougatine – A French confection made with almonds or hazelnuts and a cooked sugar syrup. The mixture is rolled out while still warm and cut into decorative shapes. The confection can be eaten as is, or crushed and used as a flavoring in buttercream, ice cream, and pastries.
Nutella – A commercial sweet spread made with hazelnuts, sugar, cocoa, and oil.
nutmeg – The seed from a tropical evergreen tree that is native to the Spice Islands in Indonesia. The flesh surrounding the seed is ground to make another spice, mace. The nutmeg is ground to use in baking as a flavoring in cakes, pies, breads, and cookies, adding a spicy, slightly sweet flavor. Shop for nutmeg.