Questions about sugar or substitutions for it for culinary purposes.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Determining sugar content of liqueurs

My girlfriend and I have been experimenting with making different flavors of chocolate truffles. One difficulty with this is that different flavorings have different amounts of sugar, meaning we need ...
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Is Dextrose the same as Atomized Glucose Powder?

I have been making some yummy sorbets and ice creams. Many recipes call for atomized glucose powder. However, 'atomized glucose powder' is not that readily available. 'Dextrose', however, is ...
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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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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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Can I use brown sugar in No Bake Cookies instead of Granulated Sugar?

Can I use Brown Sugar instead of Granulated Sugar in my No Bake Cookie Recipe?
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My sugar cookies taste dry/stale

I baked 200 sugar cookies and as I was frosting them the frosting was running together so I put them in a room we don't use to dry, now the cookies taste dry/stale. I have put an apple in with them, ...
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Forgot sugar in sugar cookies

I believe that I forgot to add the sugar in my sugar cookie dough, but I'm not completely sure. If I did forget, how will the cookies turn out once baked? Will they be edible?
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brown sugar has gained some moisture, want to remove

I assume this question generalizes to items such as flour. I kept brown sugar in the plastic bag it came in, in the refrigerator. Due to frequent use, it has built up clumps due to moisture. I've ...
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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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How can I make frosting without powdered sugar [duplicate]

Milk Frosting. 1 and a 1/2 Cup Sugar, 1/2 Cup milk, 1 tsp Butter. Put in a saucepan stirring constantly until it begins to boil. Let boil with out stirring, until a few drops tested in cold water ...
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Demerera sugar vs. brown sugar

Some recipes I have seen call for demerera sugar, rather than what I would normally use, which is brown sugar. Is there a noticeable difference in taste or outcome, or this likely to be somewhat of a ...
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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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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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How much sugar and corn starch is in commercial icing sugar?

If anyone knows about the percentages of sugar & corn starch to make icing sugar for commercial purposes, please let me know. How important is it for these percentages to be accurate?
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Do these smoked ham hocks which contain dextrose, contain gluten?

I love using smoked ham hock in soups, beans and stews. Dextrose is a listed item on this package I bought - does dextrose contain gluten?
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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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How to make a smooth crème brûlée top

I make crème brûlée from the Alton Brown recipe and it ends up delicious. However I am still in search of a method that will produce a smoother crust on top. I use a thin layer of turbinado sugar and ...
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What is yellow rock sugar, for pho?

I love pho and will soon try making it myself using an authentic Vietnamese recipe. I'm clear on all of the other ingredients and techniques, but "yellow rock sugar" has me stumped. Is this what the ...
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How to replace icing sugar and glucose in a cake icing?

I love cooking especially sweets but I'm not a professional. This time I tried to make ready-to-roll icing for the first time to decorate cupcakes but it was horrible (I used crystallized sugar ...
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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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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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Historical recipe for cake before refined sugar

What ingredients were used in cake before the invention of any factory produced or processed foods such as refined sugars? Does anyone know where I could find historical recipes for such things?
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Why do you add sugar last when boiling soups?

When I read recipes involving boiling a soup/dessert and adding sugar, they often say to add the sugar towards the end of the boiling. Why is that? Are there consequences of adding sugar early?
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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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How to make a proper scone?

I love to eat scones, they are my guilty pleasure, but I can never cook them right, They just become Hockey Pucks, because they are too hard and the size of a puck. Is there any tips with making ...
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Can I use brown sugar instead of white sugar in making fruitcake?

Can I substitute light or dark brown sugar instead of white sugar in making fruitcake?
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Can salt make sour fruit seem sweeter?

I got a little debate started via the comments on this answer. The poster suggests the use of salt to make a sour kiwifruit-sauce taste sweeter in the same way you would use salt to make something ...
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In which items out of Halwa, Milk Tea, Cake, Indian sweets, and Custard can white Sugar be replaced with Jaggery?

Out of: Halwa: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gajar_ka_halwa Indian sweets: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barfi Custard: Formed from readymade custard powder. ,Milk Tea, and Cake, in which ...
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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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How to prevent burning when frying bread?

I have the following recipe: 1 teaspoon of milk 1/4 teaspoon of sugar 1 fresh egg 2 slices of bread I cut the bread into some squares and throw it inside the mixture (milk + sugar + egg). Later, I ...