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answered White wine substitute in potato leek soup
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comment What are the safety considerations in making pine needle tea?
Juniper berries are really quite widely used as a spice and to make gin.
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accepted How to approach making fruit custards?
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asked How to approach making fruit custards?
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comment When should I press garlic and when should I chop it?
I'd say for home cooking, nobody you'll ever serve the food to including yourself will tell the difference between crushed and "finely minced", you'll just save yourself a significant amount of time if your knife skills aren't at a pro chef level.
Dec
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comment Calculating Nutrition Information for Commercial Food Labeling
Depends what you mean by "changes nutritional value". People sometimes use that as a fancy way of saying for "makes it less healthy". Baking will caramelise some sugars and denature proteins, but on the whole, going by the properties of the macronutrients, and assuming that the law of conservation of mass applies, their amounts will remain more or less the same. If you put 100g sugar carbs into X amount of batter, there'll be 100g sugar carbs in however much there is of the result. Vitamins will probably get destroyed but I don't think anyone eats cookies for those.
Nov
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comment How to go about reducing sugar in a butter cake recipe?
This seems unlikely considering the chemical and physical properties of sucrose called for. A less sweet-tasting sugar would be an option, but I'm not sure what that would be. Honey and HFCS are more or less equally sweet, fructose is actually sweeter. Maybe pure sorbitol but that one digests badly.
Nov
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comment How to go about reducing sugar in a butter cake recipe?
(Bah: the above is a no-go or at least nontrivial. It would require actually using negative liquid in the recipe. I suppose a plain reduction, while weighing out everything else, is the only simple solution here.)
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accepted How to go about reducing sugar in a butter cake recipe?
Nov
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comment How to go about reducing sugar in a butter cake recipe?
Right, so if I read the linked article right, the equivalency between "structure" and "tenderness" is the "eggs = butter" relationship. This implies that what you can increase the ratio of butter to sugar, add egg, reduce flour and adjust liquid accordingly, and still have things come out right-ish. (I might be misinterpreting things but it's too late to do the actual maths right now.) Anyway, turns out the whole of the linked article is the approach I was asking for so I'll accept this.
Nov
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comment How to go about reducing sugar in a butter cake recipe?
Hm, the weight seems to fit, and I did use a cups-to-grams converter and a scale. I suppose I could have stumbled on more people who dislike sugary sweetness. I guess another option could be that the amount of liquid or baking powder was off and the crumb ended up being too dense.
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asked How to go about reducing sugar in a butter cake recipe?
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answered a good substitute for pineapple when cooking a ham
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comment Can ghee be used instead of butter in dessert recipes?
-1: None of this answer makes sense. Ghee is "real butter", it's just clarified. There's no reason why it would work worse than butter in an oven - in fact it can withstand very high heat without burning. (While the milk solids in the butter will in fact burn.) And their impact on your weight / health is probably comparable as well. Are you sure you're not confusing ghee with margarine?
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comment Easy way to trim raw chicken thighs
Lateral suggestion: get chicken feet for the stock instead. They cost next to nothing, yield excellent broth, and you save yourself a ton of fiddly work that deboning chicken thighs is.