Questions about sugar or substitutions for it for culinary purposes.

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What kind of food components contain more energy? [on hold]

So what should I build my dishes out from to have an energized, successful day? Rephrased: What do I choose for a dish? By energy I mean like carbohydrates which are in bread, potatoes, sugar and ...
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Can I substitute 70% chocolate for unsweetened chocolate in a cake recipe?

This is a recipe for a dark chocolate cake. It calls for 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate. But I made a mistake and bought the 70%. The recipe also calls for 1.25 cups sugar. I don't want it to be too ...
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Sugar in Indian curries?

I've seen that sugar is used to balance out other flavors in a dish. I was just wondering if I could add a little sugar to a spicy curry(chicken curry, for example). Would that take away the authentic ...
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How can I extract palm sugar from a container?

I have a plastic tub with a screwtop lid, full of palm sugar. It's a 500g tub, about 10cm high and about 10cm diameter. Usually I buy the individual cubes of palm sugar and this time I thought I'd ...
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Does jaggery need to be soaked?

One of our TV chefs has done a show on India, and one of the ingredients he has used in a few recipes is jaggery, a sugar made from palms. In the show, it appears to be soft, like soft brown sugar. ...
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Does the type of sugar make a difference when making chocolate?

I was checking some sites on how to make chocolate myself. I should start with mixing cocoa butter, cocoa powder and sugar (and milk powder if I would make milk chocolate). Most sites mention "sugar". ...
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Does dissolved sugar really help to extract fruit flavours?

A few times now I've come across online advice that, when steeping/infusing fruits in liquid to extract their flavours, it helps to add sugar to the solution. As an example this sloe gin Wikipedia ...
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Cooking fruit with or without sugar solution

Why does fruit retain its shape when heated in sugared water but break down when heated with just plain water?
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How much brown sugar should I substitute for white sugar? [duplicate]

I'm making a cranberry sauce from fresh cranberries and want to substitute brown sugar for the 1 cup of white sugar without making the sauce sweeter. What quantity of brown sugar do you suggest?
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Ingredients vs. Temperature Control in Chocolate Fudge

In reading through a LOT of different approaches to making fudge, I am wondering about how the non-sugar ingredients affect the issue of temperature control (both heating AND cooling) and, therefore, ...
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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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Rescuing peanut butter frosting

I was trying to get a smooth, frothy peanut butter frosting. I used a cup of creamy peanut butter, half a cup of butter, and 2 cups of powdered sugar. I liked the consistency of the mixture. But I ...
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What are powdered sugar cubes?

Is the sugar yielded from sugar cubes considered a kind of sugar? If so, what is it called? Confectionery sugar?
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How to quickly soften brown sugar

I had some brown sugar that didn't get properly sealed and so now it's solid as a rock. What's the quickest way to soften it up and get rid of the clumps? Folks have suggested leaving an apple with ...
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Reasons to sweeten ground beef macaroni casserole

A friend gave me a beef and macaroni casserole. It had an odd sweet taste, so I asked about the ingredients and seasoning. Turns out it included a half-cup of dark corn syrup[1]. I am wondering where ...
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How to go about reducing sugar in a butter cake recipe?

Recently I made some cupcakes that turned out mostly great. However, even other people than me – I have an aversion towards overly "sugary" desserts – said they were fairly sweet, and for me it seemed ...
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Sugar/salt frosted around the top of a cup/mug

Recently I managed to accidentally get a bunch of raw sugar crystals stuck to the rim of a mug of tea. Drinking the tea over the sugar, being able to balance out the tartness and the sweetness as I ...
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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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Preventing white sugar from clumping in the canister

We store sugar in a ceramic canister, and we get some clumping. Restaurants in humid areas that will often add grains of a rice to a salt shaker to stop clumping. (The rice acts as a desiccant and ...
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How can I stop my buttercream being grainy?

I am making buttercream icing but the powdered sugar does not dissolve with the butter and shortening. The icing is grainy. How can I prevent this?
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What is the best way to turn the chunks of jaggery into fine powder?

I have big chunks of jaggery. I want to turn them into fine powder. What is the best way to turn the chunks of jaggery into their powdered form?
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Not getting the creamy result beating butter and sugar

I have this "weekend meyer lemon cake" recipe: The problem I am facing while making the cake is that I don't get the creamy mixture, mixing sugar and butter. it's like bread crumbs right now, or ...
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How can I make this antique ginger wine recipe using ingredients available today?

I have this old family ginger wine recipe, but some of the ingredients are hard to find or may not exist any more... Essence of Ginger 12mls Tincture of Capsicum 9mls Essence of Lemon 5mls ...
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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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Melting sugar on creme brulee with blow torch

Whenever I try to melt the sugar on top of a creme brulee with my kitchen blow torch, I find that the sugar takes forever to discolour even slightly, let alone melt. Eventually isolated patches of ...
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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 can I prevent simple syrup from crystallizing?

When I store it in the refrigerator, my simple syrup always seems to crystallize. How can I prevent this? How long should I expect simple syrup to keep?
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Does sugar go bad?

The package of sugar cubes I use have an expiry date. Even 2 months after the expiry, I cant taste any difference. Does sugar actually go bad, and should I throw away sugar past its expiry? Also, if ...
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Do all varieties of cocoa naturally taste bitter?

Very simple question. I bought some roasted cocoa seeds and tasted them, they have a slight "bitter" flavour and not "sweet" as I imagined when I was a kid. Now, chocolate is made by adding sugar to ...
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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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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 did people make bread before sugar was 'discovered'

Modern recipes (as far as I know) for bread includes sugar. Sugar gives the yeast a food source, which supports it growth and allows yeast to give bread many of its qualities. It hit me the other ...
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Tips for making caramel with palm sugar

The other day I was making flan and decided to try palm sugar instead of white sugar to make the caramel. Although palm sugar is better than white in a lot of ways, the melting point of the sugar ...
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When a recipe asks for 1 cup of sugar, should I assume powdered or tiny crystals form?

When a recipe asks (without clearly specifying) for 1 cup of sugar, should I assume powdered or tiny crystals form?
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What is the effect of adding sugar to the water when poaching eggs?

I'm doing a food tech assignment and I need to know how adding sugar to the water effects the coagulation of protein when poaching eggs.
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What substitution can I make for blonde cane sugar in macaroons?

I've found a beautiful (and simple!) looking recipe for coconut lime macaroons but it calls for blond cane sugar, which I haven't seen in any of my local supermarkets in the UK, nor have I ever used ...
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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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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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Is it okay to add extra sugar to a specific brioche recipe?

A recipe calls for the following ingredients: (a version of potato brioche): 250g potato 1/3 cup milk 1 tablespoon olive oil 3 and half cups flour 2 teaspoons instant yeast ...
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How long does it take for sugar to get to the hard ball stage?

I tried to make nougat but just could not get to the hard ball stage.
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Can I save a Creme Brûlée with a soggy crust?

I wasn't thinking, and put the top layer of hardened sugar on my creme brûlée last night. Now it's a little bit soggy, and I'm trying to figure out how to save my dessert for a party today. By the ...
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Why do bread companies add sugar to bread? [duplicate]

I have a client who is on a sugar detox/diet. She can't eat any bread because all the bread companies added sugar. Why do bread companies add sugar to their breads?
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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 can I make cookies without any sugar?

I'd like to try making some sugar-free cookies, which means no refined or "natural" sugar (honey, came syrup, etc.). I'll be trying to use stevia instead. The obvious problem is that sugar is very ...
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Ice Cream Sugar Substitutes - Applesauce?

Can I replace the sugar in ice cream with (very smooth) applesauce. I do not enjoy my desserts to be super sweet and I always have tons of homemade applesauce sitting in the fridge. How much would ...
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Does Splenda caramelize?

Hey y'all - do any of you know if splenda caramelizes and melts like regular sugar? My parents are doing a low-carb, low-sugar diet and I'd love to surprise them with some diet-friendly hard candies. ...
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I've heard that sugar, and especially brown sugar, loses its flavor over time. Is this true?

I've heard that you can revitalized lumpty or hard brown sugar, but also that doing so doesn't recover the actual flavor. Does baking with other brown sugar that is "revitalized" really impact cookie ...
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Necessary to change chemical leavener for sugar substitution in baking recipe?

If I substitute raw sugar for white sugar, do I need to add more baking soda/less powder to offset any additional acidity raw sugar may contain?
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Can I use granulated sugar instead of demerara sugar

I need demerera sugar for the outside layer of my shortbread cookies. I have none. Will regular granulated sugar work? Will it burn? Note: not actually my question, was posted as a now-deleted answer ...
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Does it matter what kind of sugar is used in baking?

The baking recipes I use specify many kinds of sugar e.g. caster, raw, white, soft etc. Generally, I always just use raw sugar, mainly for convenience. Does it really make a difference?