Questions about sugar or substitutions for it for culinary purposes.

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What is the purpose of creaming butter with sugar in cookie recipes?

I got distracted while assembling the dry ingredients for a cookie recipe and added the sugars, which were supposed to be creamed with the butter first. Fortunately, the sugar was added last and I was ...
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Brown sugar instead of white sugar

I want to replace a white (granulated) sugar in a recipe with brown sugar. Is this a one to one substitution? The original recipe calls for 2 cups white sugar. Can I replace with 2 cups brown ...
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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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Why is sugar a wet ingredient?

The last time I checked, most sugar is really dry (unless it's something like brown sugar). So why is it categorized as "wet"?
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When baking what works well as a sugar substitute?

I'm curious about what I can use for a sugar substitute while baking. I'm not interested in artificial sweetners, really. For instance, I've found that apple juice works well in some muffins. Are ...
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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?
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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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Keeping a sugar solution in the fridge

Based on a the coffee questions I've seen, it seems that hot beverage questions are in scope, so here goes mine: We like keeping iced coffee in the fridge, particularly in the summer. It's easiest ...
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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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What is liquid glucose?

Two days ago, I was making ganache as a topping for cupcakes. I needed, as expected, cream and chocolate. But '1 teaspoon of liquid glucose' was also on the list of ingredients (for 12 cupcakes). I ...
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What causes the sugar to turn grainy after I have cooked it for a glaze or cooking it with butter for carmelizing?

I tried several times to cook the glaze for a strawberry glaze pie and the sugar, water, and cornstarch would thicken but then the sugar would turn grainy. I have also tried to boil water, sugar, and ...
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White wine v cider vinegar

I am about to use a recently viewed tv recipe for Rhubarb ketchup. Official ingredients include white wine vinegar but does say any vinegar 'will do'. I have some cider vinegar, will this dramatically ...
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Why does adding sugar to sour things cause them not to be sour?

This is one of those things which I've always thought to be obvious and never really noticed as strange. "Obviously", if you add sugar to something sour, it makes something sweet. Take for instance ...
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The difference between beet sugar and cane sugar

My initial guess was that refined sugar has to be the same no matter its provenance, but now I wonder if cane sugar has a different ratio of sucrose/glucose/fructose than beet sugar. Is there any ...
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What are the advantages of vanilla sugar?

When/why would one use "vanilla sugar" instead of just plain sugar along with vanilla extract and/or beans/pods, particularly in recipes and baking? Is it just a matter of convenience? I understand ...
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How do I control the temperature of burnt sugar?

I made a burnt sugar caramel sauce tonight that turned out beautiful. It is just what it sounds like; you make a normal caramel sauce but cook the sugar until it is past amber and getting almost black....
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How to make sugar glass without corn syrup or cream of tartar?

I'm trying to make a relief sculpture copy out of sugar glass. I don't live in the US, so the corn syrup is not easily available. I read in multiple recipes that cream of tartar can be substituted ...
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does white sugar have a shelf life?

i have had a sealed container of white sugar for about 5 years now, we have been using it slowly, but is it safe/healthy to continue using it because of its age? or should i replace it?
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Light vs Dark Brown Sugar

Is there a practical difference between light and dark brown sugar? I ask because I've seen many recipes specify one or the other. Do they really behave differently in some way?
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difference between glucose syrup and sugar syrup?

I am not talking about the chemical difference (sugar is chemically a molecule formed by two monosaccarides: glucose and fructose). I am wondering about the difference from the cooking point of view ...
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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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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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How to Replace Icing Sugar in a No-Bake Cheesecake

Are there any good substitutes for sugar in Cheesecakes? I am not interested in synthetic sugar like Aspartame. I want to use natural sugar substitute like honey. But if mix honey into the cheese (e.g:...
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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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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 granulated sugar (American) the same as caster sugar (UK)?

I have an american cake recipe which includes 'granulated sugar', would this be uk caster sugar? It is for the stage when you beat in with the butter?
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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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converting pure chocolate to “bittersweet” chocolate

A chocolate cookie recipe I'm looking at calls for melting down a cup of bittersweet chocolate chips. However, I happen to have a brick of completely unsweetened cooking chocolate in the fridge. Can I ...
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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 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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Forgot to add sugar to cookies

When making chocolate chip cookies, I forgot to add white sugar while I was creaming the butter and brown sugar. I creamed the butter and brown sugar, had just cracked the egg into the mixture when I ...
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Can I substitute brown or confectioner's sugar for granulated sugar in sugar cookies?

I'm making sugar cookies and I have ran out of granulated sugar. I only have confectioner's sugar and dark brown sugar left. Can I substitute one of these for white granulated sugar? Which would be ...
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Should I leave the peel in citrus sugar?

I made citrus sugar a couple of weeks ago and am planning on giving portions of it to friends. I figure they can use it baking, tea, margarita glass sugar, etc. My question is should I remove the ...
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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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Does butter reduce perceived sweetness?

In another question I ask about the ideal flour, sugar, butter ratio to use in crumble. It appears that the amount of sugar people add in their recipes depends more closely on how much butter is added ...
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Why does cold coffee taste sweeter with the same amount of sugar?

I have observed that the same amount of sugar tastes differently in hot and in cold coffee. If I drink hot coffee, I feel I can add more and more sugar, without it tasting too sweet. However, cold ...
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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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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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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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Sugar forming tiny bubbles in microwaved coffee?

When I heat up coffee in the microwave and then pour in sugar, a layer of tiny dense bubbles forms at the top of the glass and stays there for the duration of the drinking, diminishing slightly over ...
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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.
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How do you control the caramelization of sugar?

How do you control sugar caramelization?
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Sugar and yeast proportion while making sweet bread

Should I decrease the amount of yeast I add depending on how much sweet I add (I use jaggery) while making sweet bread? I understand that sugar (and by extension jaggery) helps yeast multiply at a ...
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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 ...