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Kitchen Tips Tuesday: Confectioner’s Sugar

February 10, 2015

 

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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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Unrecipe of the Week: Hot Chocolate Mix

December 18, 2013

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Homemade gifts embody the true spirit of the season. They come from the heart, are made with love and tend to be sweet.
This recipe for homemade hot chocolate mix is perfect for gift giving. It’s easy to make, and is can be customized to suit the recipient.

Package it in a mason jar tied with a beautiful ribbon, or in a bag tucked inside a lovely mug. Add a special spoon, or a bag of homemade marshmallows. Perhaps a small bottle of Bailey’s Irish Cream or Peppermint Schnapps with some candy canes on the side might take the edge off of a cold winter’s night. The possibilities are myriad, and the results well worth the effort. Why use preservative laden mixes when making your own is so simple, and so much more flavorful?

Hot Chocolate Mix: 

2 cups powdered sugar

1 cup Dutch processed high quality cocoa powder

2 1/2 cups powdered milk ( many hot chocolate aficionados swear by Nestle’s  “Nida” whole milk powder )

1 scant teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons cornstarch

* add a pinch of cayenne pepper for a spicy twist if desired

Mix all of the ingredients thoroughly with a whisk to prevent clumps, and store in an airtight container.

To serve:
Fill a mug 1/2 way with the dry mixture and pour in hot water. Stir until mixed, add the garnish of your choice and enjoy!

photo: Glasshouse Images

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