Questions about sugar or substitutions for it for culinary purposes.

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What can I use as an alternative sweetener for smoothies?

I make fruit smoothies often, and started off adding sugar. I'm looking for a more "natural" sweetener though. I know I can use honey, but it adds a distinct taste that I'd like to avoid. I've tried ...
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Does adding sugar to tomato type sauces affect acidity?

Many(most?) tomato based pasta sauces have added sugar, it is generally a very small amount. I have always heard this was done to reduce the acidity. My main question: Does this little bit of sugar ...
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Why did my nougat burn?

I attempted to make nougat today and it was an epic failure. The instructions for the sugar and honey solution was to mix it together with 2 tablespoons of water and stir it over heat without boiling ...
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Effects of reducing sugar in cookies

If I want to reduce the amount of sugar (to reduce sweetness) in a cookie recipe, how would that affect the end result (mainly with respect to texture) and what can be done to negate it?
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What does pulling on syrup (in the semi-solid state) do to the texture/taste?

I have seen this done at candy shops before, where the syrup is pulled/stretched 10s of times before they are allowed to cool off. What chemically does this do to the sugar? How does this affect the ...
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What is the purpose of vinegar in this lollipop recipe?

I found a recipe for lollipops. It uses 2:2:1 ratio of sugar:water:vinegar. What exactly is the role of vinegar in it? The recipe was: 10 spoons of granulated/crystalic sugar 10 spoons of ...
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What can I do with batter that has lumpy sugar in it?

I was making a scratch cake, and my sugar (to my chagrin) was inferior. When I beat it into the batter, it turned into many tiny lumps. Has anyone ever figured out how to solve this problem? I beat ...
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Beating Egg Whites with Granulated Sugar Added for Tapioca Pudding

I've been making tapioca pudding from a recipe that calls for 2 egg whites to be beaten with 1/2c of sugar until soft peaks form. Out of quite a few tries for many minutes, the eggs will never get ...
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How do you make golden syrup?

I want to make some anzac biscuits which calls for golden syrup, but don't really want to buy a jar (what's the fun in that?). What are some good recipes? A google search shows a wide variety - from ...
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What is a close alternative to Graeffe brown sugar?

Maybe it's because I'm Belgian and grew up with the Graeffe brown sugar, but I've always found it superior to the hard/crystalline brown sugar you find in stores in the US. Is there a brand close to ...
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Royal icing - how important is accurate measuring?

Making royal icing today, for a rather overdue Christmas cake. I always end up with too much icing sugar, based on my normal recipe which asks for 4 large egg whites and 500g icing sugar. So today I ...
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Raw sugar vs. refined sugar in making kombucha

Can one use raw sugar in making tea for kombucha? Most recipes recommend refined sugar, but I wonder if it is for any particular reason.
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Substituting some sugar for stevia

I understand that sugar serves several different purposes in cooking so it's often not okay to replace with natural sweeteners like stevia. However, when significant amounts of sugar are required, is ...
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substitues for confectioners sugar when making icing

I am making homemade cupcakes. For the icing my recipe says that I need confectioners sugar. I already know that I can make my own, but i don't want to right now. Can I substitute the confectioners ...
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Are there differences when working with light-colored palm sugar versus dark?

Depending where I get my palm sugar from, it's either light brown colored and quite hard (pictured left), or a very dark brown color and much softer (on the right). Are these different types of ...
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Can I make sweetened coconut from dried coconut?

In my pantry, I have a bag of dried & shredded coconut. I want to use it, but all recipes I come across ask for sweetened coconut. That coconut also looks a lot more moist than mine. Is there a ...
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Using Jaggery as Substitute for Sugar

I generally use jaggery instead of sugar in all my baking recipies from cakes to bread. I have not experimented enough to quantitate any difference in taste (basically experience with using sugar in ...
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making jam with brown (raw) caster sugar

Is it possible to use brown (raw) caster sugar when making jam? I have never tried it before, but like to use unrefined products where I can.
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Why is my sherbet loosing flavour?

I have recently been mixing batches of sherbet using Malic acid, colour, flavouring and granulated sugar. I add all the ingredients and mix it for 10 minutes in a stainless steel drum. The flavor is ...
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Homemade liquid sweetener from Stevia

I am using Stevia Hermesetas. Can I make liquid sweetener from Stevia powder for diabetic dessert - sweet soup with fruits and jelly? Any requirements during cooking?
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What is the best sugar for sweet short crust pastry?

I am reading an American Pastry & Pies cookbook and they say the sugar granules in sweet short crust pastry stabilize it and recommend using granulated sugar. So does this mean the bigger the ...
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Can I make invert syrup in situ when making candy?

There are a couple recipes out there for invert syrup that basically say add some acid (citric acid or cream of tartar) at 0.1% w/w bring it up to 240 °F​/​116 °C then let cool. However, is ...
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Why is my toffee grainy in cracker-toffee “Crack”?

I have made this recipe to good results (creamy, chewy toffee), and more often, to disappointing results texturally (grainy toffee). It is : 1 cup butter 1 cup brown sugar Cook for 2-3 minutes ...
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How to turn sugar syrup into sugaring wax?

I would like to know how I can make sugar syrup of 1-2 tar consistency and when it cools, it is neither crystallized nor too thin syrup? What quantity of citric acid or liquid glucose should I use in ...
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Substituting Brown Sugar with Cane Sugar plus Molasses, mix first? or all in?

I bake cookies at a relatively large scale (16 qt batches) My recipe calls for both white & light brown sugars. In an effort to make production more efficient I would like to substitute the brown ...
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Water + Sugar Solution Preserves Bread?

I've heard that by coating bread with a solution of water and sugar can preserve it from mold. Is this true? If not, then my Science Fair Project will be a bust.
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Crystallization of sugar solution, and oddly crunchy candy with fudge-like texture after eating

I've been trying to recreate the results from: http://cookingsciencetradition.blogspot.com/2010/12/crystallization-of-sugar.html to very little success. My process: 1: Add 1 + 1/2 cups white ...
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How can I store muscovado for longer once opened? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to store brown sugar without it becoming hard? Muscovado always comes in packs much larger than needed for most recipes, and even though I keep it in as airtight ...
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Is powdered sugar a dietary alternative to granulated sugar?

How does powdered sugar stack up to regular sugar and artificial sweeteners in terms of sugar/carbohydrate content?
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What difference would using Rock Sugar make in tea?

I like my tea sweet, and generally add several cubes of white sugar. Teavana sells rock sugar, which it claims is somehow "better" while being vague on what that means. Is it sweeter? Less sweet? ...
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Chocolate used for decoration

I melted once a chocolate bar and decorated with it my eclairs, while it was hot and melting, after putting them in the refregirator, they cooled fine, but they were a little bit sugary although the ...
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Does sugar inhibit mold growth?

I was reading a post earlier regarding maple syrup being left out overnight. They were asking if their beloved Maple syrup was still safe to consume. In the comments I believe someone brought up ...
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Why did my Turkish Delight come out flavorless?

Yesterday I made Turkish Delight, and today I cut it into squares and tasted it. This was the recipe: 330 ml liquid (apple juice, from freshly cold-pressed apples, strong flavor) A small amount of ...
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how to fix pudding that got extra sweet?

i have made the chocolate pudding and accidentally added loads of sugar..now it is too sweet n too sticky..what can i do with it except throwing it out?
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How to increase the perceived sweetness of homemade lemonade without sweeteners?

I have been making homemade lemonade for a few years in the summer and slowly, starting from an online recipe, I have been perfecting it (on a mainly trial and error basis) to reduce the amount of ...
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Is raffinose broken down into its component sugars when cooked?

Raffinose is a sugar found in legumes that is indigestible by humans. Which is great, because I'm looking for a sweetener that 1) won't raise blood sugar and 2) doesn't have a bitter aftertaste and ...
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Substituting honey for sugar in bread

I want to make one of my favorite white bread sandwich loaves, but I'm out of sugar. What I do have is honey. How much honey should I use to replace 3 Tbs of granulated sugar? How much should I reduce ...
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What are the natural and artificial sugars?

I try to be careful to avoid hydrogenation and artificial sugars when I buy food products. Hydrogenation seems easy - if it mentions hydrogenation in the ingredients list, I avoid it. I feel more ...
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Meringue seems to fail at piping stage

I tried making meringues for the first time yesterday, using splenda instead of sugar. I didn't have any cream of tartar either. I definitely overbeat them, to the clumpy and a bit runny phase. I ...
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How to Make Nutella Icing without Powdered Sugar

I received so many good tips on how to make a sugarless no-bake cheesecake: How to Replace Icing Sugar in a No-Bake Cheesecake As a final touch I want to put Nutella frosting on top of the cake. A ...
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vanilla sugar substitution

I have a recipe for an apple-strawberry crumble that calls for "1 vanilla sugar." I don't have any, so I'm looking for advice on how to substitute vanilla and sugar for the vanilla sugar - as well as ...
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Does sugar turn sour after prolonged cooking?

Growing up, my mother always told me that sugar should be added at the end of the cooking process for things like red bean soup or paste. These things are cooked for quite a long time, several hours ...
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How much sugar and vanilla extract should I use in 1/2 gallon of ice cream?

I've lost a simple ice cream recipe I used prior to making custards, and I find occasionally I'd like to make it since it's much simpler and faster - can be made in the churn with no additional dishes ...
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What ingredients make powdered sugar not gluten-free?

I am looking to start cooking more things gluten free for my girlfriend, and have heard that powdered sugar may or may not be considered gluten free. What do I need to look for in the ingredients to ...
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Texture issue in homemade powdered sugar

The other day I was making marshmallows and ran into a multitude of problems -- broken candy thermometers, overheated mixers, syrup spill, you name it. I thought I'd escaped the clutches of fate and ...
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What fruits have a low sugar content?

I like to make fruit salads for desert. However, a few people I know can't eat that much sugar, so I would like to create a fruit salad which has a low sugar content. Typically, as a base for the ...
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How to minimise sugar in meringue

My wife just complained that she can't eat my meringue because they have too much sugar in them. She suggested I cook them with less sugar. However, without sugar the meringue won't work right. What ...
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Do I need sugar for zabaglione?

I want to make zabaglione and think that the taste could benefit if I sweeten it with honey instead of sugar. But I am not sure whether the sugar crystals have a physical effect on the fluffing up. ...
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What are the tradeoffs replacing sucrose / table sugar with pure granulater dextrose / glucose?

All, I'm researching a substitute for fructose-bearing table sugar. Glucose is potentially interesting from a health standpoint. Glucose is only 70% as sweet as table sugar (sucrose) which is a mix ...
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How much quantity of jaggery can replace 1 table spoon of white sugar?

Assuming the jaggery is of finest quality and is ground. Also, the sugar can be powdered or in crystal form. I just want the same level of sweetness when I replace them with each other.