New in – Sugars
Life is always sweet at Hides Fine Foods, but what is sweeter than a whopping 8 great new sugar products to up your baking game.
Light brown soft sugar is the perfect product for recipes which call for a semi-full bodied flavour. It’s a lot more dense than your ‘typical’ sugar, so it’s a lot better in goods which use a batter. Some ideas include:
- Fruit cakes
Demerara sugar is a type of cane sugar, with large crystals and a crunchy texture. It really comes into its own when used in dishes which can take full advantage of its texture. It also has a lovely toffee-like flavour. Some examples are:
- Biscuits and biscuit bases
- Simply in coffee, for it to impart the beautiful toffee taste.
Dark muscovado sugar:
Although dark muscovado is wonderful in baked goods, and functions in a very similar way to Light muscovado, it really is the star of the show when imparting sweetness into more typically savoury dishes. Here are some ways you can use it in savoury dishes:
- Sauces (e.g. BBQ)
Light muscovado is, obviously, very similar to Dark muscovado, but had a lesser content of molasses, meaning it is far less intense. This makes it perfect for working in baked goods, especially those with chocolate in. Some ideas include:
As you can tell by the name dark brown soft sugar, it is a lot softer than some of the sugars we have previously just discussed. Because of this, it does lend itself really well to baked goods, which will benefit from the moisture it will provide and the softness of its texture. Examples are:
Molasses is a beautifully rich sugar. It is less sweet than you’d expect it to be as a ‘sugar product’, but has its own very distinct flavour. It adds a great level of moisture and colour to whatever it is used in. It work particularly well in:
- Desserts like pecan pie
- Rich cakes
Golden caster sugar is relatively delicate when compared to the other sugars discussed, so perfect for less dense dishes. It is a pantry staple, and something you can use in almost any bake imaginable. Some key ideas include:
- Cakes (particularly when the sugar needs to be creamed)
- Cheese cakes
- Crème brûlée
We can’t lie, granulated sugar is never going to be ideal for baking, unless as a last minute substitute. There are much better alternatives for all of your baking needs above, but it does have a beautiful hint of caramel to it which is wonderful in teas and coffee.