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What is Snow Sugar?

Snow Sugar

A dusting of confectioners’ sugar is a great way to finish off a cake or a batch of cookies before serving them. I usually add confectioners’ sugar at the last minute before serving because the moisture in a baked good will usually cause the sugar to melt right into the cake. This means that you might bet left with a slightly sugary crust but without ... Read More »

Jacked Up Caffeinated Baking Sugar

Jacked Up Caffeinated Baking Sugar

I usually pour myself a cup of coffee in the morning, both because I love coffee and to give myself a little pick-me-up to get my day started. And so do millions of other people. Coffee, tea, sodas and energy drinks are our main sources of caffeine. Chocolate contains a small amount, but you’ll still have to pair that chocolate with a more traditional caffeine ... Read More »

Baker’s Bliss Finishing Sugar Set

Flavored Sugar Set

Whether you are baking a batch of muffins or making a batch of oatmeal, there are many different dishes that can benefit from a finishing sprinkle of sugar. Sugar – especially coarse sugar with large crystals – can add nice sweetness and texture when used to finish a dish, but sugar alone doesn’t add any extra flavor to take a dish over the top. One ... Read More »

Sugar’s Got What It Takes, a vintage ad

Sugar's Got What It Takes, small

The pile of food magazines that I have in my collection is big, and each one is studded with post-its that mark the page of all the delicious sounding recipes that I have long planned to try (and hopefully will in 2013). These magazines are also packed with vintage ads for everything from food to cigarettes that are well-worth a look or two. I’ve seen ... Read More »

What is superfine sugar?

Superfine sugar

Superfine sugar is granulated sugar that has been ground into finer crystals than regular granulated white sugar. Also known as caster sugar, it is popular with bakers because the smaller crystals cream very easily into butter and dissolve more readily into meringues and batters. This leads to products that have a finer crumb and lighter texture when finished, a result that is preferred by many ... Read More »

White sugar vs raw sugar in baking

rawsugarwhitesugar

I have several different types of sugar in my kitchen, including white sugar, brown sugar and a variety of coarse sugars. By coarse sugar, I mean a “sugar in the raw” or natural type of sugar that has a much coarser texture and much larger crystals than plain white sugar has. These natural sugars have a lot of appeal when you’re in the grocery store ... Read More »

What is confectioners’ sugar?

Powdered sugar

Confectioners’ sugar, also known as powdered sugar or icing sugar, is a ultra fine sugar with a smooth and powdery consistency. Confectioners’ sugar is available in several degrees of fineness, from XX to 10X, and the finest is 10X. 10X is type that you are most likely to see in the market or baking supply store because it is the most widely available and the ... Read More »

What is molasses?

Molasses bottles

Molasses is a byproduct of the process of refining sugar cane into sugar. It is a thick syrup, dark in color, with a very strong sweet and somewhat bitter flavor. It is frequently used in baking and it is particularly popular in recipes for spice cookies and cakes, where it adds a lot of brown sugar flavor without making a recipe too sweet. Like honey, ... Read More »

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