Kitchen Tips Tuesday: Confectioner’s Sugar

 

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Sometimes when we’re baking, we realize at the last minute that we are out of a key ingredient. Although we always read through the recipe first, when there are others in the house, things are not always where you left them.

If you run out of confectioner’s sugar, or powdered sugar, as it is commonly called, do not panic.. Before you head out to the store, read this post.  You can transform regular granulated sugar into confectioner’s sugar with the pulse of your food processor. 

Confectioner’s sugar is simply regular sugar that has been ground into a fine powder. The term 10x on the package, refers to the sugar having been ground 10 times, to achieve it’s light consistancy.

Commercial brands typically contain cornstarch to keep the powdery texture shelf stable. If you are using it right away, you may omit the cornstarch.

To make confectioner’s sugar from granulated sugar:

Place one cup of granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon cornstarch (if using) into the bowl of the food processor or blender. Process until the sugar turns to powder.

Pour the powdered sugar through a sieve to remove clumps and store in an airtight container.

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